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It's Uge!

Saturday's game at Princeton is so big, you don't need the "H." Tom Rock over at Newsday weighs in. And here's the men's lacrosse notebook from the Long Island rag.

Joe Beninati pens a piece that'll make you scratch your head and wonder if he's been drinking gasoline. Jay Pfeifer is a question mark for Desko? He's only lost 1 playoff game his entire career.

Let me write that again. He's lost only 1 playoff game.

I'm pretty sure he can step up in big situations. I'd be a little more concerned with the offense's lack of production and the rash of turnovers plaguing the team.

The folks over at the Daily Princetonian put out their Good Friday ink. Puck Frinceton.

So, you say reading is overrated? News 10 Now will fix you up right with some video of the wounded Orange.

Saturday is going to be a classic struggle. If Syracuse can get into double digits, the Orange should walk out of Jersey with the "W." The question is, how does Desko get 10+ tallies out of the Syracuse offense.

Last week, Mike Leveille showed all the talent he has in that lanky frame. Staying active with and without the ball in his crosse, the young attackman torched a stingy Hopkins defense (surrendering just under six goals per game) with five tallies. Leveille should expect to score no less than three times on Saturday. If he does, all the offensive dominoes should begin to fall into place.

The last few seasons, Syracuse has had a tremendous feeder on attack. Whether it was Banks, Powell, or Coffman, there was an assist machine in the orange and blue. Brett Bucktooth must step into that role this season. Bucktooth, however, has only been averaging 1.75 assists/game, and that's not cutting the mustard. If SU's fortunes begin to turn this weekend, it's because Bucktooth (and the underwhelming Steven Brooks for that matter) have turned the corner.

On defense, the Orange's fortunes turn on how Ditzell and Panarelli handle Princeton's Peter Trombino and Jason Doneger. Princeton is very young on attack and run a NyQuil offense. Princeton is going to control the bean, and the Syracuse defense must remain patient and not settle for an overplay. If SU can slow down Doneger and Trombino, Scott Sowanick may have too much of the offense to shoulder to be successful.

Prediction: Syracuse: 14 Princeton: 9


"We did not expect it to end the way it did but you have to give Vermont credit because they played a great game."
Someone has been lying to you, Ross. You don't have to give anything to Vermont, especially credit. Give 'em the old Bill Self treatment. Unsportsmanship Now!

Apparently Josh Wright isn't going anywhere soon. Can you really be in Boeheim's good graces? I think it would be easier to teach English in downtown Miami.

Can Saint Bonaventure really be in a recruiting battle with Syracuse? If you're keeping score at home, this brings the all-time total to:
Syracuse: 1
Bonaventure: 0

Just as I thought, Syracuse is the basketball hub of the universe. In other news, I s*** daisies.

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