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Lacrosse Weekly - 4/13/10 Big City Classic Edition

Another big stage for a big game.

A brand new NFL stadium was the scene on Saturday in which #3 Syracuse took on #5/4 Princeton. Most people thought that Syracuse would perform well as the revenge factor was high in the Meadowlands, but no one could have predicted the sheer dominance that Syracuse showed against the Tigers. John Galloway was brilliant in the cage, Syracuse’s offense was outstanding, and the defense was stifling. Syracuse declared the New Meadowlands is now open! They win a big one 13 to four.

The short story is that Syracuse scored a lot and Princeton did not. Syracuse scored twice in the first quarter, the only team to do so. Princeton struck first in the second quarter and then each team added one a piece bringing the score to 3-2 Syracuse. But then the Orange went on a four goal run to go to the locker room at the half up 7-2. The third quarter was all Syracuse again, as they scored five more goals, including one with one second remaining on the clock. Three were made by Cody Jamieson in a row as well. Princeton won the fourth quarter scoring two to Syracuse’s one goal, but by then it was far too late, and it was Al Cavalieri in goal.

The leading scorer in the game was Cody Jamieson with four goals and an assist for five points. Again he got three in a row in the third quarter. Freshman JoJo Marasco also added three goals. Seven players scored on the 13 goals for Syracuse. Josh Amidon led Syracuse with two assists in the game and also had a goal. Jeremy Thompson, Chris Daniello, and Joel White tied for most groundballs with four each. Jeremy Thompson was again fantastic at the X, winning five of six faceoffs. He was fantastic in spurring on the Syracuse scoring, especially in the third quarter. He also had one goal and an assist. Gavin Jenkinson faired not as well, going 3-7. Josh Knight was 0-4 and Kyle Carey was 0-1. Finally John Galloway made 11 saves and only had one goal against playing just under 50 minutes, while Al Cavalieri allowed three goals and had two saves. Galloway of course got the win, going 8-1 on the year.

Princeton shot the ball 30 times in this game and only connected 4 times, while Syracuse shot the ball 38 times in the game. Syracuse also led the groundball game, picking up 37 while Princeton had 27. Syracuse won 10-18 faceoffs, while Princeton won eight. The Tigers cleared 10-13, while Syracuse cleared 18-20. Nether team did well with extra man opportunities, but Syracuse fared a bit better. SU converted 2-7, while Princeton converted 1-9. Syracuse had 13 saves total, while Princeton had 12. Finally Princeton had 19 turnovers, while Syracuse had 16. The complete box score can be found here.

Syracuse played an extremely good game. John Galloway played extremely well, but he was backed up by an extremely sharp defensive unit. Princeton utilizes several pick and roll sets and Syracuse defended well and their slide packages prevented Princeton from getting good looks at the cage. On top of that, the midfield and attack units played well together as well. Thompson worked hard at the X and got a couple quick goals for Syracuse in this game through smart passing and the patented Syracuse transition game. Much like the SU Basketball team though, this Syracuse Lacrosse team is playing a bigger team game than they have in the past few years. In the last couple of years Syracuse has relied on big stars to carry most of the load, but this team is sharing the ball well and passing much smarter, giving a lot more open looks at the cage. They are playing great lacrosse and getting better every game. Here were my photos from the day.

Syracuse has jumped in both polls due to Syracuse dismantling Princeton and #1 Princeton topping #2 North Carolina. Syracuse is now #2 in both the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and the Coaches Poll. Virginia of course remains on top, earning all first place votes in both polls. UNC drops to #3 in both polls, while Maryland is #4.

Great lacrosse this past weekend. Notable scores are below, with games involving Big East Conference members in italics.

Wednesday April 7:

Siena 9 – Binghamton 9 in OT

Mount St. Mary 6 – Georgetown 11

UMBC 7 – Towson 10

Friday April 9:

Quinnipiac 8 – Air Force 6

Bellarmine 8 – Denver 12

Saturday April 10:

Navy 9 – Maryland 11

Rutgers 10 – Jacksonville 17

Ohio State 14 – Hobart 6

Towson 10 – Massachusetts 9

Delaware 11 – Hofstra 12

Providence 5 – St. John’s 13

Albany 7 – Johns Hopkins 19

Harvard 12 – Cornell 13

North Carolina 5 – Virginia 7

UMBC 12 – Binghamton 6

Villanova 14 – Manhattan 6

Army 7 – Bucknell 6 in OT

Sunday April 11:

Notre Dame 8 – Georgetown 11

Quinnipiac 10 – Denver 14

Vermont 4 – Albany 9

Bellarmine 11 – Air Force 10

The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.

As always (this year) we take a look at the current Big East standings:

1. #2 Syracuse 8-1 (2-0)

2. #8/9 Georgetown 7-3 (3-1)

3. St. John’s 5-5 (2-1)

4. #13 Villanova 7-3 (1-1)

5. Rutgers 5-4 (1-1)

6. Providence 0-8 (0-2)

7. NR/ARV Notre Dame 5-5 (0-3)

#2 Syracuse (8-1) now takes on #9/10 Cornell (8-2) in Ithaca in a rematch of the NCAA Championship last season tonight. This is the first time the teams are meeting since that epic game in which Syracuse snatched a championship from Cornell in overtime. This should be another classic match versus two Upstate New York rivals. I’ll be in attendance and we’ll be back with another installment of Lacrosse Weekly to wrap it up.

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