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NCAA Lacrosse Tournament Preview - Championship Edition

Time for another repeat don't you think?

Upstate New York is where the heart of this rivalry lies. Foxborough, Massachusetts is where the final battle will take place of the 2009 season. Both teams enter the championship after a routing of their competition, Syracuse winning 17 to seven, and Cornell upsetting #1 Virginia 15 to six. This should make for an interesting final on Memorial Day.

By now you know the successes of the Syracuse offense. Cody Jamieson has six goals in the NCAA Tournament, along with Stephen Keogh. Kenny Nims is the nation’s leading scorer with 31 goals and 42 assists. Dan Hardy has 24 goals and 16 assists. The Syracuse offense is powerful and impressive and has weapons near the crease, as well as outside. Cornell’s defense however held Virginia to just six goals and held Virginia to just 12 shots in the first half and 27 on the day. Matt Moyer matched up on Virginia’s All-American Danny Glading to just two goals and one assist. Syracuse’s defense is nothing to sneer at as well though, holding Duke to just seven goals, and limited Ned Crotty to just two assists on the day. Sid Smith was outstanding in the game, and John Lade was quick with his slides to truly make shooting difficult for Duke. He will most likely play on John Glynn who has 20 goals and wins 58% of the face offs he takes. Sid Smith will most likely take on Rob Pannell who has 24 goals and 41 assists on the year. Syracuse’s defense will have its hands full, but should shut them down much like they did against Duke’s dynamic duo. John Galloway, starting goalie for Syracuse, is certainly no stranger to playing in Foxborough (his fourth game in the stadium), and will be playing for his second championship in two seasons. He has been outstanding in the NCAA Tournament this year and played very well against Duke, especially early in the game. If Galloway plays well early, and Syracuse scores in the first quarter, the outcome will not be solidified until the fourth quarter, but Syracuse should maintain the lead. Syracuse is looking for their 11th NCAA Championship and looking to be the first repeat team since Princeton won in 1996-1998. Cornell is looking for its first championship since 1977. This game will be exciting early and often, but look for Syracuse to limit the scorers of Cornell, including senior captain and four time Ivy League first team member Max Seibald. Jake Moulton should continue his good work at the X and win more than half. Syracuse won this meeting earlier in the season 15-10, and this game should come out around the same. Look for Syracuse to win by four.

I will again be in Foxborough watching the game live, and listen to me Monday on Matt Mc’s Sports Fix to recap all the weekend’s action. You know the drill. Go to his site and click on the date in the bottom right to hear the show. I’ll have my game recap late Monday evening or early Tuesday. Hopefully we will be celebrating title #11 for Syracuse.

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