Rutgers. Dominated again.
The Warrior Classic was not so classic for UMass and Rutgers. Specifically, Rutgers was owned by Syracuse to remain perfect in the Big East. Rutgers just was not as good as last season, nor are they our rival. Just for the record.
Rutgers started the game by scoring first at 11:04 in the first quarter. Then Syracuse went on an 11 goal run. Rutgers scored their second and final goal with 2:34 to go in the game. But Syracuse added the exclamation mark by earning their last goal with 24 seconds remaining. Syracuse looked good the entire game and really moved the ball well on offense, as well as having the defense amazingly solid. Some other thoughts.
- Syracuse more than doubled shots on Rutgers. SU had 35, while Rutgers had 16.
- Syracuse really did poorly again at the faceoff X after going 50% last week. They only won 6-18.
- Syracuse's ride did their job again. Rutgers was only 11-18 on clears.
- EMO defense was still solid for Syracuse. Rutgers could only go 1-6. Syracuse was 1-2.
- Rutgers had 24 turnovers, with only 17 for Syracuse.
- Tom Palasek was the big winner with three shots and three goals. JoJo Marasco and Jovan Miller each added two. Marasco also had two assists.
- Joel White is still a groundball machine. He picked up eight.
- John Galloway allowed only one goal and picked up six assists.
- The complete box score can be found here.
Looking at the Big East Standings:
1. #1 Notre Dame 10-0 (5-0)
2. #4 Syracuse 11-1 (4-0)
3. #9/10 Villanova 10-3 (2-2)
4. St. John's 4-8 (2-3)
5. Georgetown 5-7 (2-3)
6. Rutgers 5-8 (0-4)
7. Providence 3-10 (0-4)
Syracuse will next take on undefeated #1 Notre Dame in the Carrier Dome at 7:00pm on ESPN U Saturday night. This is the biggest game in terms of implications for Syracuse. The winner of this game should win the Big East and in all likelihood will earn the #1 seed in the NCAA Tournament this May. While this game will not be a track meet, it will be very exciting and I'm looking forward to it, off my DVR that is. Stupid weddings.