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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/5/10

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#1 Syracuse (2-0) faced Army (1-2) in the Carrier Dome this past Sunday in the first of an excellent lacrosse double header. Army is exactly the kind of team that makes it tough on Syracuse as they are tough and like to slow down the pace and grind out a game against the run and gun Syracuse. Army is the Pittsburgh of lacrosse. But Syracuse got it done and poured it on late in the game to put this one out of reach, despite being closer than Syracuse would have liked for a good part in the middle. Syracuse wins over Army 12 to seven.
Syracuse started this game off well but slow, earning two goals in the first half. Syracuse also won the second quarter as well, ending up ahead 5-2 at the half. However Army came on strong in the third to tie the game at five all. SU had to reestablish themselves late in the third, adding two goals to go back up 7-5. Finally, SU put this game out of reach with five goals in the fourth to end up on top despite some extra man opportunities for Army in the quarter. This was a very physical game and had some big hits, which was pretty fun to watch.
Chris Daniello was SU's leading scorer with four goals. Additionally there was decent balance in scoring with six different players scoring the 12 SU goals. Daniello also led the team in points for the game. Stephen Keogh had three of his own. Cody Jamieson led the team in assists with two. Jovan Miller did his part on the midfield, picking up a team high nine ground balls. Syracuse also did well at the face off X. Gavin Jenkinson was 8-11 at the X, while Jeremy Thompson was 7-10. Finally, John Galloway had 13 saves and seven goals against in their win. He played all 60 minutes.
Syracuse absolutely destroyed Army in the shots category. The Orange shot the ball 56 times, while Army had less than half with 26. Army also had less ground balls, only picking up 20 to Syracuse's 38. Syracuse again won 15 of 23 faceoffs, while Army only had eight. A surprising strength of Syracuse this season. Army cleared 15-23, while Syracuse cleared 23-26. Both teams were 1-4 on extra man opportunities. Army had 21 saves, while Syracuse had 13. Finally, Syracuse only had 15 turnovers, while Army had 20. The complete box score can be found here.
Syracuse remains the #1 team in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the Coaches Poll. Virginia remains #2 in both polls as well. Syracuse continues to earn 13 first place votes in the media poll, while Virginia has five. One voter seems to love the third place UNC Tar Heels as well. Syracuse will face #2 Virginia this week in Charlottesville, VA, so that has the potential to net SU more first place votes, or remove them from the top spot.

Here are some other notable scores from the past week. Games in italics involve a Big East Conference member.

Saturday February 27:

Hofstra 14 - Princeton 17

Providence 6 - Presbyterian 8

Bucknell 13 - Towson 9

Vermont 5 - Drexel 9

Maryland 15 - Georgetown 13

Robert Morris 13 - Manhattan 12

Stony Brook 8 - Virginia 13

Penn 11 - Duke 16

University At Albany 13 - Denver 17

Sunday February 28:

Siena 7 - Johns Hopkins 8

Penn State 8 - Notre Dame 12

UMBC 6 - Rutgers 5

St. John's 10 - Air Force 7

Cornell 10 - Hobart 7 (Played in Carrier Dome)

Tuesday March 2:

Cornell 9 - Canisius 6

Binghamton 12 - Villanova 15

Vermont 10 - Colgate 11

Siena 13 - University At Albany 12

Wednesday March 3:

Harvard 12 - Georgetown 13

Friday March 5:

Massachusetts 12 - Yale 13

Providence 4 - Jacksonville 9

The full Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.

Looking around the Big East, here are the standings:

1. #1 Syracuse (2-0)

#4/3 Notre Dame (2-0)

NR/ARV St. John's (2-0)

2. #14 Georgetown (1-1)

Rutgers (1-1)

Villanova (1-1)

3. Providence (0-1)

#1 Syracuse (2-0) will not take on #2 (3-0) Virginia down in Virginia. This is the game on the schedule every year that is one of the biggest. A traditional rivalry in college lacrosse, this game will be highly attended, highly watched, and is huge for this early in the season. This is lacrosse's version of Syracuse/UConn and will be huge. Let's hope Syracuse remains undefeated and gives Virginia something to think about early in the season. That game is this Sunday, March 7th, at 1:00pm.

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