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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/16/10

When any Syracuse team beats Georgetown we all win.
Syracuse had a tough week, just losing to big rival Virginia, thus swapping the #1 spot with Virginia. And after Syracuse lost to Georgetown in the Big East Tournament in New York City all of Orange Nation turned to Syracuse to deliver a win on the lacrosse field against Georegtown in Syracuse's first ever Big East conference game. Syracuse delivered beating the Hoyas 15 to 12.
Syracuse started the game off quickly, scoring with only one minute off the clock. However Georgetown roared back with two scores to take the 2-1 lead early in the game. Then Stephen Keogh went off scoring four in a row for Syracuse. Each team would then add another to end the first quarter with Syracuse up 6-3, as Syracuse scored with one second left on the clock in the quarter. Both teams then went back and forth in a hard fought second quarter before Syracuse took the scoring lead in the 2nd on a goal with second seconds remaining. Syracuse was ahead at the break 11-7. Then Georgetown took over in the second half, capitalizing on some bad passes from Syracuse, as well as failures to clear. Georgetown scoring twice were the only scores in the quarter. Syracuse again jumped off to a quick start in the 4th as Syracuse scored in ten seconds. Georgetown then scored the next two to put the Hoyas only down by one, but SU again came back. They scored the next three goals to put them up 15-11 before Georgetown scored the final goal of the game to finish behind 15-12.
Keogh, no surprise, was the game's leading scorer with five goals. Josh Amidon also had four of his own. He also had one assist to put both players at five points on the day. Chris Daniello, Jeremy Thompson, and Tim Desko each had two assists a piece. Thompson, along with Joel White had six ground balls a piece in this game. Two players covered the faceoffs in this game for Syracuse. Thompson was 7-16, while Gavin Jenkinson won 7-15. John Galloway in 60 minutes of work made 13 saves and allowed 12 goals.
Syracuse was once again outshot by their opponents like they were at Virginia. Georgetown took 39 shots, while Syracuse had 35. This was probably due to the possession time the Hoyas had in the third quarter. Syracuse scooped up 36 ground balls, while Georgetown had 23. Georgetown won more faceoffs than Syracuse in this one, winning 17-31. Georgetown cleared the ball just slightly better than Syracuse. The Hoyas cleared 9-13, while Syracuse cleared 13-21. Syracuse for the second game in a row really excelled in the extra man offense. Syracuse converted on 4-6, while Georgetown only scored 1-5. Galloway again had 13 saves, while Georgetown had 8. Finally Georgetown had 17 turnovers, while Syracuse had 21. The full box score is here.
Syracuse was ranked #1 before their tilt with rival Virginia, who was #2 at the time. Syracuse lost that game by a point in Virginia on a questionable restart that the referees later agreed was a mistake. That dropped them to #2 in both polls. After their match with #11/12 Georgetown Syracuse remained #2 in the Coaches Poll, while somehow they dropped to #3 in the Media Poll with Virginia getting 19 first place votes, and North Carolina earning 1. UNC jumps the Orange for the #2 spot. And that's off a win. I'm not going out on a big limb when I say it's Virginia and Syracuse, and then a gap, and then everyone else. Same as it usually is.
Here are some notable scores from the past week. Games involving a Big East conference member are in italics.
Saturday March 13:
Towson 8 - Maryland 12
Albany 6 - Ohio State 11
Virginia 12 - Cornell 4
Harvard 14 - Massachusetts 13
UMBC 5 - Princeton 10
Providence 2 - Quinnipiac 12
Penn State 4 - Rutgers 7
St. John's 4 - Drexel 11
Fairfield 10 - Notre Dame 8
Army 7 - Air Force 8
Duke 8 - Loyola 5
Villanova 7 - Penn 8
Canisius 5 - Denver 10
Monday March 15:
Penn 7 - Maryland 10
Tuesday March 16:
Providence 3 - Massachusetts 17
Denver 7 - Notre Dame 14
Congate 8 - Harvard 10
Vermont 7 - Virginia 18
Princeton 11 -North Carolina 12
Marist 9 - Rutgers 10
St. John's 6 - Stony Brook 21
The complete Inside Lacrosse Scoreboard can be found here.
Now let's take a look around the Big East for the standings:
1. #3/2 Syracuse 3-1 (1-0)
2. #10/9 Georgetown 2-2 (1-1)
3. NR/ARV Rutgers 4-1 (0-0)
4. #13 Notre Dame 4-2 (0-0)
5. Villanova 3-2 (0-0)
6. Providence 0-4 (0-0)
7. St. John's 2-3 (0-1)
#3/2 Syracuse will next travel to famed Homewood Field in Baltimore to take on rival # 8/7 Johns Hopkins (4-2) in a primetime match at 8:00pm on ESPN U. This one should be another great contest as Syracuse and Hopkins are one of the best rivalries in the sport. If Syracuse/Virginia is the SU/UConn of lacrosse, this is like playing Georgetown in basketball. This is the team we hate the most. Look for some big hits, some awesome goals, and some major lacrosse moves going on. Tune in if you can, between all this NCAA action. After all, Syracuse basketball doesn't play that day.

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