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Lacrosse Weekly - 3/7/11

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Why yes, Lacrosse Weekly is back here at Orange::44. You'll notice we've updated the format slightly, making it match our basketball postgame reactions, but still with game analysis, poll analysis, conference analysis, and notable games from the week. This feature will be back every Monday or Tuesday every week, until just after Memorial Day Weekend. We hope.
Now to get to the colossal match up that just occurred this past Friday in the Carrier Dome with #2/1 Virginia vs. #1/2 Syracuse. Both teams were undefeated heading into the contest, with Syracuse at 2-0 and Virginia at 4-0. Both teams arguably have the best offenses in the nation. And this would be the biggest test for both teams. Everyone thought that this would be a fast paced game and high scoring, and it certainly did deliver.
Virginia started out scoring first, as Shamel Bratton got the Cavaliers up on the Orange. Then Syracuse got going really quickly, scoring 18 seconds later. Then Syracuse took the lead just over a minute later. But Syracuse would not stay up in this game for long. Virginia evened the score in the middle of the first quarter. Then it was Syracuse adding another three goals. The Orange finished the first quarter up 6-4. But Virginia owned the second quarter, outscoring Syracuse 4-1 to be up at the half 8-7. Then the Orange defense really stepped up, limiting Virginia to just one goal in each of the last two quarters. Meanwhile, Tim Desko added three second half goals and the Orange ended up on top 12-10.
  • Tim Desko was Syracuse's leading scorer with five goals. And a couple were simply outrageous and amazing. Desko is single handedly putting together a ridiculous lacrosse highlight reel.
  • Jeremy Thompson led the Orange in assists with two. He also added a goal of his own, for a total of three points, second highest on the day for the Orange.
  • A total of seven players contributed to the 12 made goals for the Orange.
  • John Galloway actually led the team in ground balls with four. Both Thompson and Joel White led the field players with three each.
  • Thompson was 5-10 on the day for faceoffs, Chris Daddio was 5-9, Ricky Buhr was 2-3, and Josh Knight was 1-1.
  • John Galloway earns another win on a ten goals against, nine save day.
  • Syracuse led in shots, ground balls, and faceoffs. They were 42 to 38, 26 to 25, and 13-23 and 10-23 respectively.
  • Both teams only failed to clear three times. Virginia was 23-26 and Syracuse was 22-25.
  • Virginia converted on 1-3 extra man opportunities. Syracuse was a pitiful 0-8, something they really need to improve on if they hope to put away top quality teams.
  • Galloway again had nine saves, while his Virginia counterpart, Adam Ghitelman had 15 saves. He again had 12 goals again in 57:59 minutes of work.
  • Virginia was more sloppy than Syracuse. The Cavs had 17 turnovers, while the Orange only had 11.
  • Syracuse wore throwback uniforms from the early to mid-2000s. They looked pretty sharp, and they should as Syracuse won three National Championships in them.
  • The attendance was 14,340, the fourth highest crowd for a home lacrosse game in history, and a very large crowd for the Carrier Dome.
  • The complete box score can be found here.
Because of the victory Syracuse is the unanimous consensus #1 in both the Media Poll and the Coaches Poll. Syracuse has earned all 12 first place votes in both polls. Virginia is the clear #2 in both polls. Looking around the Big East, Notre Dame is #3 in both polls, Georgetown is #20 in the Media Poll, while Villanova is #20 in the Coaches Poll. Villanova and Rutgers are both receiving votes in the Media Poll, while Georgetown is receiving votes in the Coaches Poll.
Notable games are listed below. Games involving Big East members are listed below in italics.
Tuesday March 1:
Robert Morris 12 - Colgate 14
Villanova 14 - Drexel 13
Navy 10 - Lehigh 14
Bucknell 6 - Penn 8
Thursday March 3:
Presbyterian 6 - Yale 22
Friday March 4:
Mercer 1 - Yale 22
Lafayette 6 - Penn 7
Saturday March 5:
Cornell 9 - Army 11
UMBC 9 - North Carolina 13
Maryland 9 - Duke 9 in OT
Villanova 10 - Fairfield 6
Princeton 8 - Johns Hopkins 3
Georgetown 13 - St. John's 9
Brown 6 - Massachusetts 9
Colgate 11 - Hobart 7
Rutgers 11 - St. Joseph's 1
Ohio State 5 - Penn State 5 in 3OT
Delaware 9 - Albany 11
Jacksonville 8 - Denver 20
Sunday March 6:
Presbyterian 5 - Providence 6
Drexel 7 - Notre Dame 11
Manhattan 6 - Denver 17
Monday March 7:
Bellarmine 8 - Maryland 12
Navy 11 - Bucknell 12 in 2OT
The complete Inside Lacrosse scoreboard can be found here.
Now as we always do, we take a look at the Big East standings. Only one conference game has been played this season.
1. #20/ARV Georgetown 2-1 (1-0)
2. ARV/NR Rutgers 4-0 (0-0)
2. #3 Notre Dame 3-0 (0-0)
2. #1 Syracuse 3-0 (0-0)
2. Providence 2-0 (0-0)
2. ARV/#20 Villanova 3-1 (0-0)
7. St. John's 1-2 (0-1)
Too early to make any great points about the state of the league yet. We'll dive in later, but Syracuse is still the cream of the crop. Tim Desko earns Big East offensive player of the week. John Galloway earned honor roll status for his performance against Virginia.
Syracuse next takes on Georgetown in the Face Off Classic in Baltimore, MD. This will be another test for Syracuse, as it is the first game Syracuse ventures out on the road. While Syracuse handled Georgetown last season in the Dome, it was only a three point victory and Syracuse doesn't like to lose to the Hoyas in anything. Should be another great match in another NFL stadium. We'll have complete pregame and postgame coverage for the weekend. Until then, enjoy the basketball.

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