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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/6/08

DBren takes no crap from nobody.
Syracuse played a hell of a game versus Virginia this past Saturday. While I was busy dealing with other things, this game did not escape the Orange::44 radar, so it is time for our second edition of Lacrosse Weekly. We focus on the Orange’s overtime loss to Virginia in the 2008 Face Off Classic in Baltimore, Maryland, where the Orange played a tough game, but eventually lost in overtime to Virginia 14 to 13.

SU should be very encouraged about this game. Yes they lost, but it was in overtime. This game, if they do nothing else this season, proves that Syracuse’s offense is back. Steven Brooks and Kenny Nims let the way with three goals each. Nims also led the team with groundballs, picking up seven. Leveille, Niewieroski, and Loftus also added two goals a piece. Brooks also led in the assist category with two. Orange::44 favorite Danny Brennan, face off man extraordinaire, had an excellent day. DBren won 19 of 29 face offs he participated in. John Galloway had 15 saves in his 60 plus minutes of play. Coincidentally this is the first time since 1981 that Syracuse has started a freshman goalie.

Syracuse also had a great game in other categories. Syracuse was four for four in extra man opportunities. Syracuse also penalty killed well, as UVA only scored on two out of five man up opportunities. Syracuse also led the game in shots, 47 to UVA’s 44. Syracuse was also 16 for 20 on successful clears, something the Orange seemed to struggle with last season. A solid statistical game for Syracuse. The complete box score can be found here.

Because of the almost win over Virginia, Syracuse moved up in the rankings earning them the #5 spot, while Virginia holds at #3 with a 4-0 record. Syracuse now has a record of 2-1 and will play #9 Georgetown (1-1) on Sunday at 3:30pm in the Carrier Dome. This should be an interesting match up. As I discussed with Nunes/Magician, the interesting part will happen when Georgetown’s Attack unit will face Syracuse’s retooled defense. This should be an excellent match. The revised rankings for the week are here.

There were obviously some great games over the weekend. We first start out with the other game from Baltimore. Two more powerhouses in lacrosse took on each other in the afternoon game at M&T. Princeton attempted to take on Johns Hopkins, but fell to the clearly superior team by a score of 14 to 9. Princeton was clearly outmatched as the high octane offense of Hopkins continued to pour it on Princeton, while the sophomore goalie Mike Gvozden for the Jays continues to develop into one of the top tenders in the nation.

Other notable scores this week so far were:

Saturday March 1:

St. John’s 7 – Georgetown 13

Albany 6 – Notre Dame 7

Delaware 10 – Rutgers 8

Maryland 7 – Duke 15

Sunday March 2:

UMass 4 – Yale 7

Cornell 8 – North Carolina 13

Tuesday March 4:

Notre Dame 16 – Villanova 6

Virginia Military Institute 5 – Virginia 24

UMBC (University of Maryland – Baltimore County) 8 – Johns Hopkins 10

A complete scoreboard from Inside Lacrosse is listed here.

So there you have it. Despite the loss, Syracuse is looking in top form. Georgetown should be an interesting game for the Orange, and a game they look poised to win at home if they play like they have been. Stay tuned next week for more lacrosse action.


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