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Syracuse wins Big East opener

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CHESTER, Pa. — JoJo Marasco scored a goal and provided four assists to lead the nationally-ranked No. 12 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team to a 13-11 victory over St. John’s in the inaugural Independence Classic on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park.

The Orange scored three of the game’s final four goals to seal the victory in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.

Nine different players registered a goal for Syracuse (3-1 overall, 1-0 Big East). The Orange has had at least six players score in every game this season.

Derek Maltz scored three goals, and Kevin Rice added a goal and three assists for Syracuse, which will host No. 6 Johns Hopkins (5-1) at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Carrier Dome.

Preseason Big East Player of the Year Kieran McArdle recorded four goals and two assists, and Jeff Lowman finished with 12 saves for St. John’s (3-2, 0-1).

Syracuse improved to 7-0 all-time against St. John’s and 16-3 in Big East regular-season games.

CLARKSON 5, SUNY BROCKPORT 4

Peter Goss scored with 5 minutes, 58 seconds left in the third quarter to snap a tie and give Clarkson University a win over SUNY Brockport in a nonconference game in Potsdam.

Jeff Sciera led Clarkson (2-1) with two goals. Matt McCable and Matthew Gold also scored for Clarkson and Ryan Cole made 12 saves.

Jesse Elliott led SUNY Brockport (0-3) with three goals, and Tim Cook also scored.

SUNY POTSDAM 10, MORRISVILLE STATE 4

Derek Frost scored three goals as SUNY Potsdam (1-0) defeated Morrisville State in a nonconference game in Potsdam.

Pat Bonafede added two goals for the Bears. Robbie Ashlaw, Rob Kunz, Ed Doherty, Kyle Nicholas and Brady Fremont also scored for Potsdam.

John Sherlock, Louie Geswaldo, David Middlemore and Brendon Shannon scored for Morrisville State (0-2).

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

UTICA 11, SUNY POTSDAM 7

Megan Kane scored five goals to send the Pioneers (3-0) to victory in a nonconference game in Utica.

Patricia Kane scored twice for Utica, and Colleen Dowling, Courtney Wheeler, Morgan DuPont and Samantha Gebler added single goals.

Bailey Weigel and Denise Johns each scored twice for the Bears (0-2). Whitney Boshart, Margaret Wall and Bri McClusky also scored for SUNY Potsdam.

SYRACUSE 10, TOWSON 3

Six different players scored as the nationally-ranked No. 5/7 Orange shut out the No. 16 Tigers in the second half en route to a victory in Towson, Md.

Sophomore attacker Kailah Kempney, a 2011 Carthage graduate, scored the game’s first goal and won two draw controls for Syracuse (3-2).

The Orange will open Big East play against Connecticut on March 22 at the Carrier Dome.

INDOOR TRACK & FIELD

BISWAL FINISHES SECOND

Sophomore Divya Biswal finished second in the women’s triple jump to lead the St. Lawrence University squad at the national championship meet in Napierville, Ill.

SLU’s other All-American was freshman Ella Martin, who finished seventh in the 5,000-meter run.

BASEBALL

ST. LAWRENCE 6, MITCHELL 0

Joe Riley struck out five and gave up one hit in seven innings to lead St. Lawrence past Mitchell College in its season opener in Fort Myers, Fla.

Carter Franze went 2-for-3, including a triple, and Brian Magovney drove in two runs with a double for SLU.

CECIL CC 10-19, JEFFERSON CC 0-1

Joey Sewilo drove in the lone run for the Cannoneers, who were swept by Cecil Community College (4-4) in a doubleheader in North East, Md.

Jefferson CC (1-3) will resume its annual season-opening Maryland road trip with a doubleheader at noon today at Frederick Community College.

SOFTBALL

ST. LAWRENCE 4, MANHATTANVILLE 3

Lauren Weisbarth delivered a go-ahead single in the seventh inning as St. Lawrence rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat Manhattanville in the first of two games at the National Trainin Center in Clermont, Fla.

Aisha O’Connor hit a two-run single in the fifth inning to tie the game. Pitcher Liz McGinley settled down after a rough second inning and finished with a career-high 10 strikeouts for the victory.

CASE WESTERN RESERVE 6, ST. LAWRENCE 0

Case Western Reserve’s Rebecca Taylor pitched a four-hitter and struck out 11 for the victory against St. Lawrence (1-1) in the second game.

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