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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/28/08

As it should be, Hobart looking stupid against the 'Cuse.
Fridays are usually barren in the Syracuse sports world. Luckily, we had a lacrosse game this past Tuesday versus Central New York rival Hobart from nearby Geneva. Syracuse, the #2 ranked team in the nation, handily defeated the Statesmen on their home field 13 to 5.

Again, the outcome of this game was never in doubt. After the murder’s row of the early Syracuse schedule, they can rest easier but still vigilant in this stretch of schedule. Mike Leveille played another great game earning four points on three goals and an assist. He becomes the 21st player in Syracuse history to earn 100 goals in a career. Congratulations to him on that momentous occasion. Kenny Nims also had three goals and two assists, giving him a game high five points. Steven Brooks contributed with two goals in the game. Danny Brennan won nine of the 15 face offs he took in the game, and still leads the nation in face offs won percentage wise. John Galloway continues to be the best freshman player in the nation as he earned another nice win during his time between the pipes. He had 14 saves in this one.

Syracuse led two goals to zero after the first quarter, but it was really the third quarter that broke this game open for Syracuse. SU scored four goals compared to only one for the Statesmen in the third. While Syracuse never trailed in this game, it was the efforts in the third period that really iced this game for the ‘Cuse. Syracuse led in every statistical category except converting extra man opportunities. The Orange had 45 shots in this game, compared to only 31 by Hobart. Similarly, Syracuse had 38 ground balls while Hobart only had 27. Syracuse was 17 for 25 on clears, and went 12 for 21 overall on face offs. As I said, Syracuse was not great with extra man opportunities, only converting one of the five. But Syracuse held strong and only allowed Hobart to convert two of the eight man advantages they had. This was a nice game for the #2 Syracuse Orange as they continue their quest to get back to the final four. The complete box score from the game is here.

As always, there were a ton of great games since I last checked in with the lacrosse team on Monday. Some of the notable scores were:

Tuesday March 25:

Harvard 3 – Duke 10

Army 8 – Hofstra 7

Delaware 9 – Lehigh 2

Rutgers 6 – Princeton 7

Bucknell 12 – Towson 10

Your complete scoreboard for D1 is here.

Syracuse remains tied at #2 with Duke, while Virginia continues to remain atop the rankings and probably will stay there until someone can beat them. Either way, Syracuse is playing great lately, riding a four game winning streak. Syracuse will next take on #18 Loyola in the Carrier Dome at 4:00pm tomorrow. This is a team that beat the Orange last year, so look for Syracuse to not hold anything back as they play for that fifth win in a row. Basketball may be over, but one of the best franchises in division one history is still playing lacrosse. They also wear orange. Also, check out this Daily Orange article on X Specialist Danny Brennan, affectionately known to Orange::44 readers as DBren. It is an interesting read.

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