After falling into a first-half hole, Syracuse mounted a furious second-half comeback against Albany on Saturday afternoon inside the Carrier Dome. Nick Mariano played the hero with his goal off a feed from Nate Solomon with 1.6 seconds to go.Here are three quick takeaways from Syracuse’s (2-0) 10-9, victory over No. 12 Albany (0-1).Nick Mariano plays the heroA week after posting a career day against Siena, Nick Mariano delivered for Syracuse with 1.6 seconds to go to give Syracuse what amounts to a buzzer-beating win over the Great Danes on Saturday afternoon.After spending the day mostly shut off by preseason All-American Stone Sims, he found space cutting from right to left in front of the goal and rifled it past the right side of Albany goalkeeper JD Colarusso. Mariano’s goal saved the Orange from its second-ever program loss to the Great Danes.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAlternative optionsAlbany locked down Syracuse’s best scoring threats and forced the Orange to look elsewhere for its production. The Great Danes put Sims on Mariano, junior AJ Kluck shadowed Jordan Evans and sophomore Erik Dluhy shut off Nate Solomon. The trio combined for one point.But Syracuse found lesser-known options more than capable. On five of SU’s first seven goals, it was the first point of the season for the person scoring. Defender Tyson Bomberry broke the seal for the Orange and midfielder Pat Carlin brought Syracuse back to within 6-3 just before the end of the half. Midfielder Matt Lane, who tried repeatedly to bulldoze his defender, finally spotted up with 10:42 to go in the third quarter and rifled one by Colarusso.Freshman attack Jamie Trimboli scored his first career goal in bringing the Orange to within one at 6-5, and longstick midfielder Austin Fusco scored his second to put the Orange ahead, 7-6. But in crunch-time, Syracuse leaned on the proven veterans who came through.Faulty first frameSyracuse struggled mightily in the first half against Albany as the Great Danes jumped out to a 6-3 lead. Despite winning eight of 11 faceoffs and remaining about level in every other statistical category, the Orange found themselves down at the buzzer.The Great Danes took advantage of poor rotations and attacks caught on defense in transition to score each of their first three goals. Late slides by both Andrew Helmer and Austin Fusco, rotating at longstick midfielder, were exploited when out of position.On the other half of the field, Syracuse couldn’t get its top scoring threats going. With star Albany goalkeeper Blaze Riordan gone due to graduation, Colarusso picked up where his predecessor left off. He stonewalled Syracuse for three goals on 19 shots. Attacks Nick Mariano and Jordan Evans were pointless on six total shots. Three of the Orange’s top six offensive players had at least one turnover. Attack Nate Solomon didn’t register a shot.But that didn’t matter. Nick Mariano made sure it didn’t. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 18, 2017 at 5:23 pm Contact Sam: email@example.com | @Sam4TR
“And [Saturday] night, they had nothing, we had nothing in the tank.”The great thing about this team is they always bounce back because they have so much pride.”But what they’ve accomplished — this team has the best record over the last four seasons of any four-year period in the history of the NBA. What they’ve done is just remarkable.” Stephen Curry spoke of his admiration for the Warriors’ culture after they reached 50 regular-season wins for a sixth straight season by beating the Pistons 121-114 on Sunday.The back-to-back NBA champions responded in style to their 35-point loss to the Mavericks on Saturday as the returning Curry, rested the previous night, led the team with 26 points. Golden State, atop the Western Conference standings and already assured of a playoff place, now boast a 50-23 record with nine games still to play before the postseason begins.”It’s kind of surreal, to be honest,” Curry told reporters after the game.”You talk about the history of the organization, how hard it is to win NBA games, win championships and string together [wins] year after year after year….it takes a collection of talented guys, a commitment to trying to put together the best team possible every year.The Dubs clinched their sixth straight 50+ win season with the winRelive the best moments with #JBLxGSW pic.twitter.com/YPQizF9MBD— Golden State Warriors (@warriors) March 25, 2019″That’s front office, coaching staff, all the way down. So, I think I have a true appreciation for what we’ve been able to do and want to continue it for as long as we can.”Despite boasting a roster stacked with All-Star talent, Warriors coach Steve Kerr feels there is not a true appreciation for how consistent his team is game after game and year on year.”It’s hard for anybody to understand what these guys go through — physically, emotionally, spiritually, trying to defend the crown, trying to win the title, trying to stay on top of the mountain. It’s hard,” he said.