Irish Fall to Orange 11-10

April 1, 2017
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The top-ranked Irish dropped a tough one on Saturday afternoon to fourth-ranked Syracuse Orange at Arlotta Stadium, 11-10.

Nick Mariano scored four times for the Orange, including twice in the fourth quarter. Nate Solomon also had a hat trick for the Orange. Brendan Gleason had two goals for the Irish.

The Irish fell to 5-2, 1-1 in ACC play. The Orange win was the first against the Irish since March 2014.

The Irish trio of Sergio Perkovic, Mikey Wynne, and Ryder Garnsey was held to only two goals on the afternoon as the Orange played a very strong defensive game.

Evan Molloy made a big save on Bryan Costabile with about three minutes to go and with possession, the Orange called time with 1:58 to play. The Irish forced a shot clock violation and took over the possession with a minute to go. The Irish were unable to shot off as Brendan Gleason slipped and fell ending any chance for a tying goal.

Irish goalie Shane Doss made a game-high 11 saves.

The Irish killed off the carry over penalty from late in the first half but Solomon was able to extend the Orange lead to three with 12:23 to go in the third quarter. The Irish would go on the man up after an illegal check to the head but were unable to score. Costabile, however, was able to score a few minutes later to cut the Orange lead to two after picking up a ground ball.

The Orange, however, scored a beauty after a great transition play by Sergio Salcido which eventually lead to another goal by Solomon giving him a hat trick on the afternoon. Timmy Phillips scored a nice behind the back goal off a beautiful feed from behind the net from Garnsey to trim to the deficit to 9-7.

Garnsey found some space in front of the goal and scored his first of the game to make it a one-goal game. Perkovic then tied it with a heavy shot for his first of the game and 99th of his career. The game remained tied 9-9 going into the fourth quarter.

Mariano scored on a tough angle to give him a hat trick and give the Orange a 10-9 lead just 1:19 into the fourth. Mariano scored his fourth of the game to give the Orange a two-goal lead with 8:42 to play in the game. Brendan Collins scored his fourth of the season to cut the lead to one for the Irish.

The Irish won control of the opening faceoff but only managed a single shot on goal that was denied by Molloy. Doss made a nice stop on the ensuing possession on a shot by Jamie Trimboli.

Notre Dame opened the scoring with 7:50 left in the first quarter on a goal from Gleason, his eighth of the season. The Irish drew a penalty flag on a push but were unable to capitalize on the man-up, and the Orange tied the game on the ensuing rush. Paolo Ciferri scored his second goal of the season while the Orange were still a man down.

Solomon gave the Orange a 2-1 lead just nine seconds later, but the Irish answered right back on a bounce shot goal by Drew Schantz. A goal by Mariano gave the Orange the lead again as the game started to see more offense. Gleason tied it up, bullying his way to the goal and scoring between three defenders for his second of the day. The score remained 3-3 at the end of the quarter.

John Sexton scored just 10 seconds into the second quarter after winning a ground ball off the faceoff to give the Irish the lead back.

The Orange, however, would go on the man up after a pushing call on Perkovic. They capitalized on a Jordan Evans goal off a beautiful feed from Salcido to tie the game. Salcido then gave the Orange the lead again on an absolute ripper after a nice one on one move.

Ryan Simmons gave the Orange a two-goal lead after some nice off the ball movement resulted in an easy goal. The Irish cut the lead in half after a goal from Bobby Gray off a nice pass from Collins. Mariano scored his second of the game to extend the Orange lead to 7-5. The Orange drew a flag with just 44 seconds left in the half but weren't able to capitalize.

Player of the Game: Mariano. The senior from Yorktown Heights, NY was the best player on the field with four goals. His goals in the final quarter proved to be the winning margin.

Unsung Hero: Molloy. The Orange goaltender made some huge saves, especially late to keep the Irish at bay.

Up Next: The Irish travel to Durham, North Carolina next Saturday to take on the Duke Blue Devils at noon on ESPNU
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