The Kraus-Simmons Trophy will be up for grabs Friday, Feb. 28, when Hobart College and Syracuse University clash in the Carrier Dome. The 106th lacrosse showdown between the Central New York rivals will begin at 7 p.m.
The game will be televised on the ACC Network. WEOS-FM (89.5/90.3) will broadcast the game live in the Geneva area. Fans can also track the action with live stats on cuse.com.
Off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2009, Hobart broke into the Inside Lacrosse/Maverick Media Poll, landing at No. 19 this week. The high-scoring Statesmen lead the nation at 23.0 goals per game, having scored at least 21 goals in every game. Hobart hasn’t scored 20-plus in three straight games since 1990, when the Statesmen accomplished the feat in four straight games.
Senior attackman Eric Holden leads the team with 20 points on 14 goals and six assists. He’s the first Statesman in the program’s Division I era to reach the 20-point plateau in just three games. Holden is on the watch list for the 2020 Tewaaraton Award and is one of 20 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
Sophomore attackman Jason Knox has produced a team-high 15 goals and is second to Holden with 16 points. First-year midfielder John Herlihy is third on the team with 10 points (9g, 1a). Junior attackman Ryan Archer, one of six Syracuse natives on Hobart’s roster, has nine points and is tied with Holden for the team lead in assists.
Nineteen different Statesmen have at least one point already this season, including 14 different goal scorers.
In goal, senior Sam Lucchesi is off to a strong start. The starter in all three games is eighth in the nation in save percentage (.623) and 18th in GAA (9.23).
The 35th Kraus-Simmons Trophy game will be the last in the Carrier Dome before the nearly 40-year-old facility is closed for major renovations. In a twist of fate, Hobart also played the first lacrosse game in the Carrier Dome. On March 21, 1981, the Statesmen defeated Brown 20-13 as the first game of a double header. Syracuse defeated Navy 14-10 in the night cap.
This year, Syracuse also sits at 3-0 following wins over Colgate, Binghamton and then No. 7 Army West Point. The Orange are ranked third in both the media poll and the USILA coaches poll. Syracuse leads the nation in faceoff percentage (.747). SU is also among the top teams in the country in scoring offense (11th, 15.67 gpg) and scoring defense (12th, 8.33 pgp).
Like Hobart, Syracuse has three players with double digits points. Sophomore attackman Chase Scanlan has a team-high 12 points. Senior midfielder Jamie Trimboli sports a team-high 11 goals and senior attackman Stephen Rehfuss paces the Orange in assists with nine to go along with a goal.
Junior Jakob Phaup has taken the majority of faceoffs for SU, winning 39-of-51 (.765).
Senior Drake Porter has started all three games in goal, sporting a .621 save percentage and an 8.70 GAA.