In one of the NCAA DI oldest rivalries, #1 Syracuse (5-0) went into Homewood Field in Baltimore to take on Johns Hopkins (1-4). Syracuse was in control the entire game. Stephen Rehfuss (7a) found a streaking Chase Scanlan (5g,1a) to put the visitors in front, 1-0.
JHU answered at I 10:31 with an unassisted marker from Garrett Degnon (1g). Syracuse turned up the heat with Jamie Trimboli (4g,1a), Rehfuss setting up Scanlan, Tucker Dordevic (3g), Scanlan feeding David Lipka (1g), Dordevic. Another from Trimboli pushed it to 7-1.
Brett Baskin (2g,1a) put an end to the onslaught to close the first quarter. JHU staring at a five-goal deficit at 7-2. Baskin added his second and it seemed a comeback would be upon us. Rehfuss hit Brendan Curry (2g) on the man advantage before Owen McManus (1g) answered for the JHU. Trimboli and Scanlan closed the first half with Syracuse holding a 10-4 lead.
The third quarter was a battle of defense as only three goals were registered. Curry at 13:27 with Trimboli scoring again to make it 12-4 with just 4:27 left in the quarter. Fourteen seconds later, Owen Murphy (3g,1) closed the third with the scoreboard showing a 12-5 score.
Things opened up in the final 15:00 with Murphy setting up Cole Williams (1g) and a man advantage marker from Luke Shilling (1g) got the Homewood crowd buzzing with JHU starting to rally and made it a five-goal differential.
Jared Fernandez (1a) registered his first Collegiate assist on another Scanlan man-up tally. Rehfuss teamed, once again with Scanlan to get it back to a seven-goal lead at 14-7. Owen Murphy got a pair before yet another Syracuse man advantage from Dordevic closed the scoring, 15-9.
Dis and Dat:
- Drake Porter had 16 saves in the Syracuse net.
- Syracuse held the edge in loose balls, 34-26 and controlled the action from the “X”, 18 of 28.
- Danny Varello went 9 for 13 with Jakob Phoup throwing in a 9 of 15.
- Syracuse went 3 for 5 on the man up with the home squad posting 1 of 6.
- The 7 assists was a personal best for Stephen Rehfuss.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.