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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/25/10

Syracuse in prime time? Undefeated.

Syracuse's win against Georgetown, especially after losing to them in basketball in the Big East Tournament and Syracuse lacrosse losing to Virginia, was just what the team needed to get back on track. But their next two games would be far from easy. They had to take on #7/8 Johns Hopkins at Homewood Field and play CNY rival Hobart in Geneva, both in big rivalry games. Two games later, Syracuse has two more wins against rivals. Syracuse, for the first time, wins four in a row versus Hopkins and wins back to back at Homewood and we get the Kraus-Simmons Trophy back, again.
We start at Hopkins, where the goal of 2010 happened (video here). Syracuse jumped out to a three goal lead early. At the half, Syracuse was up 5-1. Syracuse dominated faceoffs and time of possession, slowly working the clock. Syracuse also won the third quarter. They led 8-1 until Hopkins scored four in a row, two of which came in the fourth quarter. Hopkins came back to bring it within two, but Syracuse scored the final goal to win 10-7. SU's offensive dominance was partly due to their dominance at the faceoff X.
Syracuse's leading scorer was Max Bartig with three goals. Cody Jamieson had a fantastic goal in this one, also adding three assists to finish with four points. Jeremy Thompson won seven of ten from the face off X. Gavin Jenkinson also went seven of ten. Finally John Galloway had nine saves.
Additionally the statistics for the game are as follows:
Shots: Syracuse 37, Hopkins 26
Groundballs: Syracuse 36, Hopkin 25
Faceoffs: Syracuse 14/20, Hopkins 6/20
Clears: Syracuse 18/20, Hopkins 20/21
Extra Man: Syracuse 2/2, Hopkins 1/4
Saves: Syracuse 9, Hopkins 14
Turnovers: Syracuse 15, Hopkins 13
The complete Hopkins Box Score is here.
Next Syracuse took on a gritty Hobart team. Syracuse jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter, and in the pouring rain it would take about 11 minutes before another goal. Hobart then tied it 1-1. Syracuse would then take a 2-1 lead when the first quarter ended. Then it was all Hobart in the second quarter, going up 5-2. Syracuse was plagued with bad passes and band turnovers. It also helped that Hobart's goalie Max Silberlicht had a career day and a masterful performance in goal. Syracuse won the third quarter scoring two to Hobart's one, but they still trailed 6-4. Syracuse finally tied it with 9:53 remaining. Then they took the lead with 5:08 to play. Then Hobart scored again with 1:04 remaining. Syracuse had a final possession but were stonewalled again, so the teams went to overtime. After a faceoff and an unsettled situation Hobart unwisely took a timeout. Syracuse ended up getting the ball back and scored with less than a minute remaining in overtime to win the game 9-8.
Four Syracuse players had two goals a piece. Jovan Miller, Chris Daniello, JoJo Marasco, and game winner Stephen Keogh all contributed a couple. Chris Daniello and JoJo Marasco notched the only two assists for Syracuse. Keogh also had five ground balls, leading the category. Jeremy Thompson was five of eight on the faceoffs, however Gavin Jenkinson was six of 13 from the X. Galloway also had seven saves.
Additionally the statistics for the game are as follows:
Shots: Syracuse 56, Hobart 24
Groundballs: Syracuse 31, Hobart 25
Faceoffs: Syracuse 11/21, Hobart 10/21
Clears: Syracuse 17/19, Hobart 18/27
Extra Man: Syracuse 0/5, Hobart 0/2
Saves: Syracuse 7, Hobart 23
Turnovers: Syracuse 13, Hobart 22
The complete Hobart Box Score can be found here.
Syracuse wins two more games and stays exactly where they were in the polls. Syracuse is #3 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, while they are #2 in the Coaches Poll. Johns Hopkins drops to #12 in both after the loss.
There were a lot of lacrosse games this past week. Notable scores are below, while games involving Big East members are in italics.
Wednesday March 17:
Delaware 11 - Georgetown 13
Saturday March 20:
Rutgers 8 - Army 11
Denver 13 - Stony Brook 12
Ohio State 6 - Notre Dame 7 in OT
Vermont 7 - St. John's 8 in OT
Quinnipiac 9 - Hobart 7
Villanova 11 - Delaware 8
Penn 10 - Princeton 11 in OT
Sunday March 21:
Virginia 15 - Towson 10
Georgetown 14 - Providence 4
Drexel 11 - Albany 9
Tuesday March 23:
Massachusetts 11 - Brown 10
Cornell 12 - Stony Brook 9
Hofstra 13 - St. John's 4
Wednesday March 24:
Drexel 8 - Villanova 10
The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.
Now let's look at the Big East Standings:
1. #3/2 Syracuse 5-1 (1-0)
2. #8/10 Georgetown 4-2 (2-1)
3. #11/13 Notre Dame 5-2 (0-0)
3. ARV/ARV Villanova 5-2 (0-0)
5. Rutgers 4-2 (0-0)
6. St. John's 3-4 (0-1)
7. Providence 0-5 (0-1)
Syracuse now has the weekend off and will take on Big East rival Villanova back in the Carrier Dome on Monday at 3:00pm. Syracuse has a good chance to pick up another win, but have to play better than they did against Hobart. That shouldn't be a problem as Syracuse beat Villanova 21-6 in 2008. However they are receiving some votes in polls and are 5-2 on the year. Should be a good one.

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