The Syracuse University lacrosse team rallied from an early 5-1 deficit to topple hated rival Johns Hopkins 13-10 today, in a game that played out eerily similarly to how our Jeremy Conners predicted. But I’m not here to talk to you about how the team won, or why they won. Yes, it’s awesome that the Orange won, remaining undefeated at 6-0 and keeping their No. 1-ranking protected. Instead, I’m here to talk to you about my new favorite player, and yours, Henry Schoonmaker.
Schoonmaker, a 6-foot-1, 198 pound senior from Portland, Oregon, scored two goals today, and it’s one of those games I want to talk about, because it was simply fantastic. Now, the goal itself was, yes, a nice goal. Not exactly a Gait or Powell level goal, of course, but it got the job done. So what sets it apart for me? The couple quick moments after the goal. Schoonmaker beats the goalie, and immediately delivers a terrific shoulder check into the Hopkins defender, sending him toppling backward before ever so briefly pausing…and then going back about his business.
I literally rewound the goal about a half a dozen times and cackled like an idiot each and every time I watched it. So much glee happening over here, you guys (the kind that doesn’t include autotuned versions of terrible pop songs, of course).
Check it out for yourself: