The battle at Long Stick Midfielder was hot in the 'Nova contest.
Syracuse took on the #7 ranked team in the country in their first big road test down at Villanova. In front of a record crowd Syracuse only managed to put in five goals again. However regulation was all that was needed. Syracuse won on a shot with only six seconds remaining to beat the Wildcats five to four.
The first quarter saw five goals as both teams went at each other. No stalling here, this was your run and gun game. However, things got really sloppy on both ends of the field for both teams. Villanova would add a tying goal, the only goal in the second quarter at 7:19 to make it 3-3 as the game was at three all at the half. Neither Syracuse or Villanova would score in the third quarter. Syracuse would earn the go ahead goal with 10:24 remaining in the fourth quarter to go up 4-3. Finally, LSM Brian Karalunas caused a JoJo Marasco turnover and that allowed Kevin Cunningham to score the tying goal for Villanova with 57 seconds remaining in transition. Then, with time running down, Jovan Miller passed in from behind the cage hitting JoJo Marasco. He was apparently attempting a screen for Stephen Keogh and Marasco was open, nailed a left handed shot, and gave Syracuse the go ahead goal 5-4 with :06 remaining on the clock. SU held on to win in regulation.
- JoJo Marasco was SU's leading scorer with two, including the game winning goal. He is the de facto quarterback of this SU offense.
- Tim Desko, Josh Amidon, and Jovan Miller all added an assist. Miller also had a goal.
- Joel White, despite being outplayed by Karalunas on several occasions, still played well getting seven groundballs for his team. John Galloway got out of the cage and had five for his team as well.
- Syracuse struggled at the X again. Jeremy Thompson was 2-7, Ricky Buhr was 0-2, and the bright spot Chris Daddio was 3-4.
- Jeremy Thompson also led SU in turnovers with 4.
- John Galloway earned another solid win. He only allowed four goals, while making 11 saves in the 60 minutes.
- Syracuse only took 26 shots, while Villanova had 30.
- Syracuse did do better at groundballs over Villanova however 30-25.
- Villanova earned 8-13 at the X, while SU only won five. A point of concern moving forward.
- Both teams only failed to clear twice. SU was 23-25 while Villanova was 18-20.
- Syracuse was 1-2 on EMOs, while Villanova was only 1-5.
- Syracuse had 11 saves, while Villanova only had six.
- Finally, Villanova had 23 turnovers, while Syracuse still had a hefty 20.
- The complete box score can be found here.
Now we look around the nation to other interesting and relevant results from the past week. Big East results are in italics.
Tuesday March 22:
Providence 6 - Bryant 13
Marist 12 - Albany 7
St. John's 5 - Hofstra 8
Canisius 8 - Hobart 10
Wednesday March 23:
Ohio State 7 - Notre Dame 8
Saturday March 26:
Colgate 5 - Navy 4
North Carolina 11- Maryland 6
Sacret Heart 7 - St. John's 15
Penn 12 - Cornell 13 in OT
Towson 7 - Delaware 8
Georgetown 12 - Duke 14
Yale 8 - Princeton 7 in OT
Albany 9 - Bucknell 11
Siena 9 - Providence 8
Virginia 11 - Johns Hopkins 12
Sunday March 27:
Notre Dame 8 - Rutgers 3
The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.
And now we take a look around the conference to see who is winning, and who is in the basement.
1. #1 Syracuse 7-0 (2-0)
2. #2 Notre Dame 6-0 (1-0)
3. ARV Georgetown 3-4 (2-1)
4. #11/8 Villanova 7-2 (0-1)
5. Rutgers 5-3 (0-1)
6. Providence 3-4 (0-1)
7. St John's 2-6 (0-1)
St. John's remains at the bottom, while Notre Dame continues to rise and frame Notre Dame v. SU in the Carrier Dome later this season to decide the conference. Georgetown only has one conference loss to SU though, so they can make a move. Additionally, with the rest of the slate ahead for Villanove they are in the hunt. Villanova takes on Notre Dame this week however, in a very tough test.
Syracuse will next take on #3 Duke this Sunday in the Big City Classic in the New Meadowlands. They play at 6:30pm and that will be nationally televised on ESPN U. Duke is a fun team to watch, and they are playing well. Oh yeah, and they are the defending National Champions. Should be an epic tilt. We'll have all the coverage for you on the game as always.