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Lacrosse Weekly - Final Four Edition

Another career day for another great Orange player.
“Today was by far our best performance all season.” Senior Kenny Nims sums it up perfectly. Syracuse came into Foxborough looking pretty even on paper with the Duke Blue Devils, the only program not to have a National Championship. They were sent home empty handed as the #2 Syracuse Orange beat the Dukies 17 to seven.

The game started with Syracuse getting first crack at Duke, with Chris Daniello putting SU on the board with 13:08 in the first quarter. Long stick Joel White then added another with 7:13 remaining in the first half. Duke then got on the board with a pair of their own from Zach Howell to tie the game 2-2. Then with 35 seconds remaining in the first quarter star of the day Pat Perritt hit his first goal to give SU back the lead. Then with one second remaining in the quarter Kenny Nims earned his first goal of the day as well on an excellent isolation and split dodge. Duke wasted no time trying to come back earning a goal only 11 seconds in the second quarter. Syracuse then added four goals in the second quarter with Duke only adding one more to leave Syracuse up 8-4 at the half. Then Jake Moulton, our face off specialist, took exactly seven seconds to start the second half to score. Syracuse then proceeded to outscore Duke 6-2 in the third quarter. By then it was basically over. Duke added one more before Syracuse finished the game with a stretch of three goals to finish the game. Syracuse was in control this game and clearly had the best offense on the field.

Kenny Nims had four goals on the day, but so did fellow senior Pat Perritt who had a career day. Seven other players also had goals, including Cody Jamieson and Tim Desko who each had two. Dan Hardy led the team with assists with two. He also added a goal. Jake Moulton led the team in ground balls with six. He was also the man at the face off X, winning ten of 17. Gavin Jenkinson also won seven of nine face offs. They were helped by several Duke procedure calls to give Syracuse the win at the X. John Galloway played well in his 57:17 in the game. He had 11 saves and only allowed seven goals. Backup Al Cavalieri came in but did not make any saves.

Syracuse once again led the shot category. SU had 48 shots while Duke had 32. ‘Cuse led in ground balls picking up 36, with Duke picking up 33. Syracuse won a total of 18 of 28 face offs, winning eight more than Duke. Duke was perfect on clears, converting 19 of 19, while Syracuse converted 22 of 25. Duke did manage to, after clearing, try to pass and miss it, allowing it to roll out of bounds. Syracuse converted 2-4 on extra man opportunities, and Duke converted 1-5. Each team had 11 saves.

While Pat Perritt was the offensive MVP, Sid Smith was clearly the MVP for the defense. He limited Duke’s Ned Crotty to just two assists. He was pressuring and swarming when he needed to be and really limited the Duke stars in this game. I still cannot say enough about Nims and Perritt in this game. They were masterful and their offensive awareness was key in this game. Galloway also did what Galloway has become known for; playing clutch in NCAA games. He started early and often making big stops on the Duke shooters, and was rewarded with having this game in hand in the third quarter. Syracuse played a great game on every side of the ball and I agree with Nims, this was Syracuse’s best complete performance on the season. The complete box score is here.

As you now know for sure, Syracuse will take on #5 Cornell at 1:00pm on ESPN and ESPNHD on Monday, Memorial Day. I will have my preview for the game in a bit, and also congratulations to SUNY Cortland as they won the D-III Championship this afternoon. Congratulations to LeMoyne on making it to the D-II finals as well. In the meantime, enjoy Matt Glaude from Hoya Suxa dancing in the parking lot after our big win over Duke.

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