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Lacrosse Weekly - 4/22/10

Another Big East foe goes down at the hands of Syracuse.

After a busy week of lacrosse which showcased Syracuse destroying Princeton in the New Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday, and the Orange winning at Cornell on a last second goal to pull off another big win on a Tuesday night, Syracuse then played a Sunday evening tilt in New Jersey against Big East foe Rutgers. Finishing a three game road stint, Syracuse did not disappoint. It was a slow start, but Syracuse scored the first six goals of the game, as the SU defense led the way for the victory. Syracuse earns another conference victory in a win over Rutgers 11 to five.

Syracuse started the scoring, but were held scoreless in the first quarter for this first time this season. Syracuse scored two goals in the second quarter to take the game to the half up 2-0. This was a sloppy game with some bad passes and rushed shots, but both teams showed excellent defense in the first half which was really the reason for the low scoring. Then Syracuse opened up the scoring in the third quarter with four goals in a row. Syracuse held Rutgers scoreless for almost 41 minutes before they finally got on the board at the 4:18 mark of the third quarter to make it 6-1 Syracuse. It was 7-2 Syracuse when the game entered the fourth quarter, where Rutgers got on the board within a minute. However SU would end up winning the quarter, scoring four total, while Rutgers only added three to make the final 11-5.

Chris Daniello was the leading scorer for the Orange, earning four goals and two assists for a total of six points. Both the goal total and points total are career bests for Daniello who may have capped off the best week of his career after earning the game winner at Cornell on Tuesday. Both Cody Jamieson and Tim Desko added two a piece, including another crazy highlight shot from Desko falling away from the goal and a no look scoop shot. Joel White was another groundball machine, picking up six, but so did Brian Megill. Jeremy Thompson was 5-9 at the X, while Gavin Jenkinson was less successful, winning 3-8. Josh Knight was 0-1. Finally, John Galloway played much better than he did at Cornell, but so did his defense. He did make seven saves and allowed five goals. A very good day overall.

Syracuse once again owned the shot category, taking 36, while Rutgers only shot 25 times. SU also earned more groundballs with 31, while Rutgers had 27. Rutgers actually bested the Orange at the faceoff X, winning 10-18, while Syracuse only won eight. Both teams cleared the ball well with Syracuse clearing 23-26, and Rutgers clearing 14-16. Also, both teams were even on extra-man opportunities, going 1-4. Syracuse had seven saves total, while Rutgers had 14. Finally Syracuse had 18 points, but Rutgers had 26 due to Syracuse’s tough defense. The complete box score can be found here.

Syracuse played well in this game in the second half, but looked clearly out of rhythm in the first half. They had trouble passing the ball crisply and seemed to force some passes inside as well as taking some low percentage shots on the cage in the early goings. Additionally both teams turned the ball over, and Rutgers really slowed the pace of the game, so there was obviously not going to be that many scores anyway. But Syracuse found minimal success in the second quarter and adjusted the game plan at the half to go on a four goal run. Additionally the best defense in the nation shined against Rutgers. They took far less shots and had trouble getting open looks or even open passes. Big tip of the hat to Rutgers’ goalie Billy Olin though, as he played an excellent game and held Syracuse scoreless in the first quarter, which no team had been able to do all year. Additionally he played at my high school in Horseheads, NY, so good for the local product playing well. I just wish he ended up somewhere better than Rutgers.

Virginia lost to Duke this week, therefore Syracuse regains the top spot in both polls, replacing Virginia at #1 in the Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, as well as the Coaches Poll. Now there are no more undefeated teams in the polls. Virginia is #2 in both polls, while North Carolina is #3.

Lots of good lacrosse this past week since we last checked in the scores as this is one of the best times of year for lacrosse as the battle for auto-bids and conference championships heat up. Notable scores are below, with contests involving Big East members are in italics.

Tuesday April 13:

Yale 7 – Providence 5

Rutgers 8 – Princeton 10

Hobart 7 – Canisius 8 in OT

Saturday April 17:

Providence 3 – Notre Dame 11

Georgetown 6 – Loyola 11

North Carolina 17 – Robert Morris 14

Dartmouth 2 – Princeton 16

Denver 10 – Ohio State 9

Massachusetts 6 – Delaware 9

Yale 14 – Brown 11

Fairfield 4 – Air Force 3

Army 7 – Navy 6

Maryland 10 – Johns Hopkins 9

Stony Brook 17 – Binghamton 16

St. John’s 10 – Villanova 12

Hofstra 10 – Penn State 11 in OT

Drexel 7 – Towson 8

Duke 13 – Virginia 9

Tuesday April 20:

Providence 7 – Brown 14

Army 15 – Lafayette 14

Villanova 14 – Lehigh 15 in OT

The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.

Now let’s take a look at the Big East standings as they currently sit:

1. #1 Syracuse 10-1 (3-0)

2. #13/10 Georgetown 7-4 (3-1)

3. #9 Villanova 8-4 (2-1)

4. St. John’s 5-6 (2-2)

5. Rutgers 5-6 (1-2)

6. ARV/ARV Notre Dame 6-5 (1-3)

7. Providence 0-11 (0-3)

#1 Syracuse (10-1, 3-0) will next take on lowly Providence (0-11, 0-3) in the Carrier Dome this Saturday at 2:00pm. This should be a blood bath bigger than probably any other game on the schedule. No way Providence pulls this upset. It should promise to be a scoring barrage for the Orange however. We’ll be back next week as there are only three games left in Syracuse’s season and Selection Sunday looms on May 9th. Syracuse will try to play for that #1 seed.

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