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Lacrosse Weekly - 4/15/08

Hardy (#22) gets the mega props after a career day.
Syracuse played its third game in eight days this past Saturday versus Rutgers. While many would expect that this game should have been much closer because of this fact, Syracuse did not agree and again won handily against another lacrosse opponent. Syracuse wins their eighth game in a row and wins another game by a large margin as Syracuse beats down the fellas from Rutgers 17 to nine.

Syracuse came out of the gate swinging scoring the first three goals of the contest. Rutgers played a zone defense against the Orange, so Syracuse started out the game a little more patient in the first quarter. Then the Syracuse offense was really firing on all cylinders. Despite a bit of a lull in the forth quarter on defense, Syracuse played very well and win by an eight goal margin. Dan Hardy was the offensive player of the day, earning a career high four goals. He also had one assist for a total of five points. Mike Leveille had another solid day with three goals and three assists. Kenny Nims also tallied two goals and four assists for six points as well. Danny Brennan won 16 of his 22 face offs and picked up eight ground balls. John Carrozza also had a nice day in the X, winning four of six he took. John Galloway, other than one goal where he tripped behind the cage on the net, had a solid day. He had five saves and nine goals against. Do not be fooled by the low number of saves though. This is due to the lower number of shots taken by the other teams compared to Syracuse, but also the fact that the defense is much better than the previous year.

Syracuse had twenty more shots than Rutgers took. The Orange shot 42 balls, while the Scarlet Knights only took 22. Syracuse also vastly led in the groundballs category, picking up 37, while Rutgers only had 14. The ‘Cuse won 20 of the 30 face offs taken in the game. Syracuse was more efficient on clears in the game. They cleared 16 of 19 including four for four in the second quarter and three for three in the forth. Syracuse converted one of two extra man opportunities, while Rutgers only managed one of four. Rutgers led in the saves category with six, but Syracuse trailed only by one with five. Considering the number of shots each team took, as well as the score of the game, Syracuse was clearly more efficient between the pipes. The complete box score from the game is here.

Syracuse remains ranked #2 in the Inside Lacrosse Poll. Syracuse remains #1 in the Coaches Poll. Syracuse improves to ten wins and remains with only one loss. Rutgers falls to four and six on the year. There were some very interesting developments on the scoreboard this past weekend. Notable scores include:

Saturday April 12:

Navy 6 – Army 9*
*Army beats Navy for the first time in 13 tries.

Princeton 9 – Harvard 8

Delaware 8 – Hofstra 11

Maryland 4 – Johns Hopkins 10

Georgetown 9 – Loyola 11

Hobart 7 – UMass 8

Ohio State 14 – North Carolina 11

Duke 19 – Virginia 9

The complete Inside Lacrosse Scoreboard appears here.

Syracuse takes on the Great Danes of Albany this Friday at 7:00pm in the Carrier Dome. While Albany has been a great team in the last couple of years, this season they have fallen off the rankings with a record of five wins and six losses. I will be on hand in the Dome to watch the game live and am pretty excited to see the squad for only the second time this season. Syracuse has only three remaining games on the schedule with Albany, then rival UMass in the Dome. Finally, they will finish the regular season in Hamilton, New York, at playing the Colgate Raiders. The Orange have the potential to finish the regular season with only one loss, but they must remain focused and play hard, especially against UMass, the hardest game remaining on the schedule. Syracuse is now playing for a seed, as they have all but locked their ticket being punched to the NCAA Tournament, most likely with a #1 or #2 seed.

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7 Responses to “Lacrosse Weekly - 4/15/08”

  1. # Blogger Jameson

    Come down to section 118. I'm pretty sure thats where we will be situated for the student section.  

  2. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    Not behind the Syracuse bench in 101 or 102?

    By the by, great to see you back at Cuseadelphia!  

  3. # Blogger Jameson

    It's where the Dome puts us. The oppossing players standing around on defense or offense depending the quarter get an absolute earful from the students. Against Princeton, Jack McBride flipped us off and told us to come down onto the field...I don't think that would have ended well for him.  

  4. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    Well I have to give you props for that. Anytime you get an opposing player to flip you off you win. I still wonder if Diana Taurasi thinks of me when she gets heckled.  

  5. # Blogger MariusJanulisForThree

    We got Troy Murphy to mouth "fuck you" to us. That counts too, right?  

  6. # Blogger Brian Harrison

    That counts, and I definitely want to hear that story sometime.  

  7. # Blogger Jameson

    I can't wait to go after Queener tomorrow night. Any guy who wears tights in goal has a big target on his back.  

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