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Lacrosse Weekly - 4/2/08

Always good to see #22 do well for the 'Cuse.
Another week, another lacrosse game. This time it was #18 Loyola, a team that beat Syracuse just a year ago, entering the Carrier Dome to see if they could beat the Orange two in a row. Alas, Loyola’s plans were foiled as #2 Syracuse wins at home 13 to eight.

Loyola tried to play their game of slow the ball down, make calculated moves, and run the clock out. Syracuse implemented their plan of run and gun offense and the offensive prowess of Syracuse was way too much for Loyola to handle. Three players had hat tricks for Syracuse. Dan Hardy, Patrick Perritt, and Player of the Year candidate Mike Leveille each had three goals for the ‘Cuse. Leveille and Jovan Miller each had two assists, leading the category. Leveille also led the category of ground balls, picking up six. DBren had a good day on the X. Brennan won ten of 19 faceoffs. John Galloway, the freshmen net minder, earned six saves versus eight goals against. Not the best day but satisfactory.

Syracuse again was better in almost every category of statistics. Syracuse had a massive 56 shots against Loyola. The Greyhounds only managed to take 28 shots in the game, and were limited to only three in the forth quarter. Syracuse had 35 ground balls, while Loyola only picked up 23. ‘Cuse won only 11 of 24 faceoffs but this is mostly due to the fact that DBren only took 19 of the 24 in the game and Jake Moulton was zero out of two for SU. Syracuse cleared 18 of 24 chances, while Loyola managed 15 of 19. Loyola failed to convert on the three extra man opportunities they had, while Syracuse earned a goal on one of the three chances they had. The penalty kill unit got the job done. Syracuse also won the turnover battle by only committing ten. Loyola had 15. The game box score can be found here.

This was a nice game for Syracuse and a nice showing against a very methodical office that likes to control the pace of the game. Syracuse will have a tougher test against old rival #14 Princeton. Speaking of rankings, Syracuse jumps from #2 to #1 after this win and the loss of then #1 Virginia to Maryland on Saturday. It is the first time they are ranked #1 since winning the National Championship in Baltimore in 2004. A great article about Syracuse being back on top from ‘Cuse alumnus and ESPN Analyst Dave Ryan can be found here. It is an excellent read that is a must, especially if you were there in 2004. The new rankings for the week from Inside Lacrosse can be found here.

Obviously #1 Virginia losing to #4 Maryland seven to 13 was a big game, but there were other notable games:

Saturday March 29:

Colgate 9 – Army 13

Binghamton 2 – Albany 8

Brown 9 – Delaware 6

Dartmouth 9 – Duke 16

North Carolina 13 – Johns Hopkins 8
Georgetown 11 – Navy 10

Tuesday April 1:

Mount St. Mary’s 7 – Georgetown 14

UMBC 9 – Towson 6

The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.

Syracuse is now riding a five game win streak and has the top ranking in the country. Princeton will be a formidable test as there is a history between these two teams, but really if Syracuse loses at home it will be a heartbreaker and will drop them in the rankings. They face off this Saturday at 3:30pm in the Carrier Dome. Enjoy this game right before you flip over to CBS for the two national semifinal games in the Final Four. Syracuse fans can only hope that this team continues to find success to salvage a school year that really has only so far seen success with women’s basketball.


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