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Lacrosse (Bi)Weekly - 4/9/08

Miller, the "Josh Pace" Glue Guy of Syracuse Lacrosse.
Syracuse entered Tuesday’s game versus #5 Cornell with high hopes. Clearly the biggest game remaining on the schedule for the Orange, Syracuse had to make a statement win and do a service to Syracuse’s strength of schedule. They did all of that. Syracuse wins a pretty important game in Ithaca against Cornell by a score of 15 to eight.

Syracuse played another game full of offense. The 15 goals Syracuse scored is the highest total that Cornell has given up all season, and the eight goals Cornell scored is the lowest they have tallied all season as well. Syracuse led scoring in every quarter, including the second in which the Orange outscored the Big Red two to zero. Mike Leveille had five goals (yes I said five goals) and an assist. The real big player on the day was Kenny Nims who earned a career high seven points off two goals and five assists. Matt Abbot led groundballs for the Orange with five. Danny Brennan only won nine for 19 of the face offs he took, so not a stellar day but still quite competent. John Galloway had four saves and seven goals against in 56 and a half minutes between the pipes. Again solid considering what the scoreboard read at the end of the night. I have to give props to Jovan Miller who had one goal and one assist and is a big glue guy on this team.

Syracuse again shot much more than its competition. They shot 46 times compared to Cornell’s 33. ‘Cuse picked up 34 groundballs and Cornell only snagged 29. For the first time in a while Syracuse’s opponents won more face offs than Syracuse. Cornell won 15 out of 27, therefore Syracuse only won 12. Syracuse cleared 14 of 17 balls, while Cornell cleared 12 of 14. The Orange capitalized on four of ten extra man opportunities, while Syracuse’s penalty kill unit got the job done. Cornell converted on zero of six extra man chances. Cornell led in saves earning 14. This could be explained by the sheer number of shots that Syracuse takes. However, the former Syracuse player in goal for Cornell, Jake Myers, did not have a great night against his former squad with 15 goals against. Finally, Syracuse only had 20 turnovers, while Cornell had 23. The complete box score can be found here.

Other action on the day:

Tuesday April 8:

Yale 4 – Albany 15

Penn 5 – Princeton 14

Canisius 16 – Robert Morris 15

The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.

Syracuse went into Ithaca hoping to affirm the hopes of Orange Nation; the team is back and will not be stopped. They did just that. They played a very good Cornell team and proved that they deserve those high numbers next to the name. They vanquish a team that beat them handily in the Dome last season, and proved that they are currently still the best team in New York. Also I find it good to beat any team from Ithaca in any sport. The team will now take on Rutgers on Saturday at 2:00pm in Piscataway, New Jersey. In the potential future Big East match up Syracuse should handily beat the unranked Scarlet Knights, but the Orange better remain focused as any team could surprise them in gunning for the top ranked Syracuse. Lacrosse is looking like they are firmly on the road to the Final Four with a fairly high seed. Enjoy the red hot lax team as they continue to prove they are back and ready for the postseason.

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