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Lacrosse Weekly - NCAA Round 1 Edition

Galloway was cool under fire again and again.
Yes the rumor is true. Syracuse is still amazing at playoff lacrosse. The year away has not been unkind to Syracuse, as the Orange simply blasted Canisius in the first round of the NCAA Tournament 20 to three.

Syracuse held Canisius to zero goals in the first, third, and forth quarters. A pretty amazing feat. The Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Mike Leveille had an outstanding day with four goals and two assists. Six other players for Syracuse had two goals each. Kenny Nims led in the assists category with three, for a total of five points on the day. Danny Brennan did his part at the start of the game, winning four of five face offs. Four other players took over face off duties for DBren after he exited the game, and the most impressive to me was freshman Jovan Miller, who is an excellent utility man for Syracuse and will only get better. The same can be said for Stephen Keogh, who was very impressive for a freshman and earned two goals. John Galloway had an excellent day in the cage, saving eight shots and only letting three by. Backup goalie Al Cavalieri also performed well, making three saves in the forth quarter. Syracuse’s offense was unstoppable, and the defense was solid in this game.

Syracuse again greatly outshot their opponent as Syracuse took 41 shots, while Canisius only took 23. The ‘Cuse picked up 33 ground balls, while the Griffins only had 18. Syracuse won 14 of the 24 face offs taken in the game, while Canisius only picked up 10. Canisius took care of the ball well, clearing 12 of 14, while Syracuse cleared 20 of 21. The Griffins could not capitalize on extra man opportunities, failing to convert on five attempts, while Syracuse could, earning goals on two of six opportunities. Syracuse had a total of 11 saves in the game, while Canisius only had seven. Finally, Syracuse had 13 turnovers, while the boys from Buffalo turned it over 16 times. The complete box score is here.

While this game was never close, if you were a Syracuse fan, it was a fantastic game to watch. Mike Leveille and his other offensive players put on a scoring clinic. The defense was solid and the Golden Griffins were no match for the #3 seeded Syracuse Orange. Syracuse will now travel to nearby Ithaca, New York, on the campus of Cornell University. Syracuse will take on #6 Notre Dame, who escaped against Colgate on their home turf in Indiana. It will be an interesting match up that will get its due diligence later in the week.

Other NCAA first round scores were:

The Annapolis Bracket:

#1 Duke over Loyola 12-7.

Ohio State over #8 Cornell 15-7.

#5 Johns Hopkins over Hofstra 10-4.

Navy over #4 North Carolina 8-7.

The Ithaca Bracket:
#6 Notre Dame over Colgate in overtime 8-7.

#7 Maryland over Denver 10-7

#2 Virginia over UMBC 10-9.

The complete and updated bracket is here.

So now the teams will attempt to punch their ticket to the Final Four and a trip to Foxborough, Massachusetts to play in Gillette Stadium on Memorial Day weekend. Syracuse put on a huge offensive performance in the Carrier Dome, but can they continue it on the turf of Schoellkopf Field? I will preview the game later in the week, and will be enjoying the game in person next Sunday at 3:00pm. I will also get to preview a possible National Championship foe in #1 Duke in the noon game on Sunday. It should be another great weekend for lacrosse. The quest for another National Championship continues for the Orange, and already things are much better than last year.

Also congratulations to the women’s lax team for winning their first round game in convincing fashion as well. They beat Towson by a score of 21 to nine on the back of Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Katie Rowan and an NCAA Tournament game record eight assists. She finished with 13 points and possibly my heart. The ladies' box score is here.

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