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Lacrosse Weekly - 4/8/08

Frinceton was indeed pucked.
Saturday has come and gone and Syracuse’s longtime rival Princeton was once again vanquished. After a season that was a disaster by every measure, and in the last meeting Princeton won 12 to eight, Syracuse has responded with six wins in a row, and a big win over #14 Princeton 13 to six.

Syracuse again never trailed in a game that was full of high powered Orange offense. The two teams played a tight first quarter, ending three to two. Syracuse and Princeton traded goals and the Tigers kept it close, but Princeton never scored after the 4:11 mark in the third quarter. Syracuse cruised to a great win. Steven Brooks and Brendan Loftus each had a hat trick in the game. Kenny Nims and Stephen Keogh each had two goals. Steven Brooks also had three assists for a total of six points. Matt Abbott had eight ground balls so he led the category. Danny Brennan won 15 of 21 face offs he took. John Galloway had another nice day in the cage, saving seven times and only allowed six goals.
Syracuse led in the shots category, as it has all season. Syracuse led 41 to 23. Princeton had half the amount of ground balls as Syracuse, only picking up 20, compared to Syracuse’s 40. The Orange won 15 of the 22 face offs of the game. Both Syracuse and Princeton did well clearing the ball. Syracuse cleared 14 of 18, while Princeton cleared 11 of 14. The penalty kill unit did its job as Princeton was unable to convert on three extra man opportunities. Syracuse converted on one of four opportunities. Princeton did lead the turnover category though, only having 11 while Syracuse had 12. The full box score from the game can be found here.

Syracuse drops one spot in the Inside Lacrosse ranking from the #1 spot to #2, but remains #1 in the coaches’ poll. Duke has the top spot in the Inside Lacrosse poll. I think it is pretty ridiculous when you win and drop a spot, but I guess we can settle for #2 in the nation. Princeton drops to #17 with a record of 4-4, while Syracuse improves to 8-1. The complete Inside Lacrosse Poll is here.

As always, there were more games than just ours. Here is the previous week’s scoreboard of important games:

Friday April 4:

Bucknell 7 – Army 4

Navy 5 – Maryland 4

Saturday April 5:

Johns Hopkins 6 – Duke 17

Rutgers 3 – Loyola 15

Denver 9 – Notre Dame 8

UMass 13 – St. John’s 8

The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard is here.

Syracuse has a huge contest tonight in Ithaca, New York in the unfriendly cement confines of Schoellkopf Field. They will take on #5 Cornell, who have become quite the rivalry game for Syracuse the past few seasons. Syracuse lost to Cornell last season in the Done 16 to 15 while Cornell was ranked #1. Now the tables have turned and Syracuse is ranked above Cornell so it should be quite the contest. That game will take place at 7:00pm and will surely not disappoint. This will be the toughest contest for the Orange until tournament time most likely so winning this game will be critical to the seeding of Syracuse in the NCAA Tournament. The folks at Inside Lacrosse release their midseason report and still slate the Orange in the #3 spot and provide some dos and do nots for the teams in the upper tier of Division 1 Lacrosse. Look for that article here. Enjoy the Cornell game if you can, and stay tuned today for me at 3:30pm and Sean from Nunes/Magician at 4:00pm on the new “On The Block” with Brent Axe, the Axeman on ESPN1260. I promise to be sober for this broadcast.
UPDATE: Due to the Axeman potentially having Donovan McNabb on the show today I will be appearing TOMORROW at 3:30pm instead of today. Stay tuned tomorrow for me, and scheduled to appear today at 4:00pm is still Sean from Nunes/Magician. However, if Donny Football calls, sorry Sean... you're out.


3 Responses to “Lacrosse Weekly - 4/8/08”

  1. # Blogger MariusJanulisForThree

    What the hell did he ever do for SU???  

  2. # Anonymous Anonymous

    Big win for the Cuse today vs. The Gers....Love it...

    Can't wait to hear u on AXE!  

  3. # Anonymous Anonymous


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