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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/11/08

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Free lacrosse usually equals awesome. If you are a lacrosse fan, then an overtime game between some of the upper echelon teams in Division 1 such as Syracuse v. Virginia, or Syracuse v. Georgetown would be a dream. But if you are an actual fan of Syracuse, it has been a roller coaster the last two games. After an encouraging but heartbreaking loss to Virginia the week before Syracuse entered the friendly confines of the Carrier Dome this past Sunday and in two overtime periods managed to knock off #9 Georgetown with a score of nine to eight.

Syracuse entered the fourth quarter down by a score of seven to four, looking like they would take an improbable home loss against a lower ranked opponent. But Syracuse’s offense exploded in the fourth quarter. With 13:41 remaining in regulation Brendan Loftus started the Syracuse comeback with an unassisted goal. Syracuse then made two more goals to tie the game at seven all with 6:10 remaining in the quarter. Georgetown then made another goal with 1:42 on the clock, but Syracuse was not going to lose another close game. Of an intercepted pass, Syracuse moved the ball the length of the field and Steven Brooks scored the tying goal with two seconds remaining in regulation. Finally, in the second overtime period, Syracuse midfielder Loftus again scored, this time for the win. Syracuse fans rejoice and the Hoyas again go home unhappy from another trip to the Dome.

Brendan Loftus led all players with four goals, which included the game winner. Kenny Nims also added two goals. Steven Brooks, Mike Leveille, and Stephen Keogh also had a goal a piece. Mike Leveille also contributed two assists, the only assists for Syracuse. He is on the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, the lacrosse player of the year, and his stock is currently rising as people recognize his contributions to righting the SS Syracuse. Nims tied for the team lead in ground balls with six. He ties the best face off man in the nation, Danny Brennan, with six. Orange::44 favorite DBren won 16 of 20 face offs and continues to be the best man you want in the X. John Galloway, the freshman goaltender, still plays well in the face of new challenges. He had only eight goals against and made tens saves, one of which in the first overtime period. He looks good and rarely gets straight out beat by the offense.

Syracuse had a very good day as a whole as well. Syracuse picked up a ton more ground balls than Georgetown. ‘Cuse had a total of 46, while Georgetown only picked up 27. Additionally, 16 of those ground balls were in the fourth quarter, and three were in the first overtime period. It was a very good day for picking up the ball rather than dropping it. Similarly, Syracuse had a lot more shots than the Hoyas did. Syracuse had 57, while Georgetown only had 26. This is another big stat, indicating that Syracuse is the Syracuse of old. 17 of the shots were in the 4th, five in the first overtime, and only one needed in the second. Conversely, Georgetown only had two shots in the fourth, one in the first overtime, and zero in the second. Syracuse was 21 of 25 for clears, which is an excellent stat. Syracuse was only one for four on extra man opportunities this game, but with all the other glaring statistical leads I can overlook it. All in all, a solid game for Syracuse on paper. The full box score can be found here.

Syracuse is holding strong at #5 in the Inside Lacrosse poll. They improved to 3-1 on the year. Georgetown falls to #11 in the poll with an overall record of 1-2. Syracuse next travels again to Baltimore, Maryland (or if you watched The Wire, Bodymore, Murderland) to take on the rival Blue Jays of Johns Hopkins. Hopkins is currently ranked #4 right in front of Syracuse with a record of 3-1. The game is at noon on Saturday March 15th and will be televised on the ESPN U. The current Inside Lacrosse rankings can be found here.

The big story of the week was that aforementioned team Johns Hopkins losing to Hofstra this past Saturday. Hopkins lost in overtime to the Pride by a goal from Jay Card with 1:51 remaining in the period with a score of 8 to 7. Hofstra had never before beaten a #1 ranked team, let along this team that is the defending National Champions. Hofstra improves to 2-1 on the season and earns the #13 next to their name.

Other notable scores from the week were:

Saturday March 8:

Army 8 – Cornell 9

Albany 7 – Delaware 8

Duke 21 – Loyola 8

Towson 7 – Maryland 12

Harvard 8 – UMass 5

Notre Dame 6 – North Carolina 8

Virginia 12 – Princeton 10

Yale 9 – UMBC 11

Tuesday March 11:

Harvard 11 – Hartford 2

Albany 8 – UMass 9

Lehigh 3 – Navy 14

North Carolina 8 – Providence 6

A complete scoreboard from Inside Lacrosse is listed here.

Syracuse will again take on another team that could be a possible Final Four match up this weekend. Syracuse has shown it can lose a close but tough game, and similarly win a close but tough game. The former #1 team will prove formidable for the Orange so it will be imperative to be on top of their game. Until next week, try to enjoy some more of the #3 sport for the NCAA.


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