Kapow! Didn't know the scoreboard went that high.
Syracuse's 2011 campaign is in the books. In only the second year of Big East Conference play, Syracuse has won the trophy again. But that is not the trophy the Orange really want to hoist. That trophy comes at the end of the month if you're good and lucky. But that's something to discuss later. First, Syracuse had to handle one final regular season team in St. John's heading to the Carrier Dome.
Syracuse started the game with Joel White scoring with the long stick, becoming the leading scorer with the long poll in school history. Then less than a minute later, St. John's best player Kevin Cernuto scored in coming from behind the cage on John Galloway. But then the Orange went on a four goal run, leading the Johnnies 5-1. Cernuto added one more before Syracuse added two to end the first quarter up 7-2, the last with a bounce shot from Jeremy Thompson off a long pass from John Galloway. The second quarter saw a three goal run from St. John's before Syracuse added a four goal run of their own as the teams went to the locker rooms with Syracuse up 11-5. St. John's then added one more final goal at the start of the third quarter before Syracuse went on a nine goal run to end the game. Two in the third quarter and seven in the fourth. Syracuse finished the game with their highest goal total of the year 20-6.
- 15 different Syracuse players contributed to the 20 goals. Tommy Palasek, JoJo Marasco, Stephen Keogh, Derek Maltz, and Joel White each had two goals.
- Pakasek and Collin Donahue each added two assists, with eight other players contributing one assist.
- Palasek led in points with four in this game. Donahue had three.
- John Lade lead the orange in ground galls with five. White is also the leading player for ground balls for long polls at Syracuse as well.
- Six players took faceoffs for the Orange. Thompson was 3-9, Ricky Buhr was 5-8, Josh Knight was 2-4, Chris Daddio was 1-5, Drew Jinkins was 1-1, and Kyle Carey was 0-1. Perhaps Thompson should take more of a midfield role and let Daddio take more of the faceoff responsibilities.
- Syracuse led all quarters in scoring, but they led the first 7-2 and the fourth 7-0.
- Syracuse almost doubled St. John's shots 50-26.
- SU led ground balls 41-34.
- St. John's won 16 faceoffs to Syracuse's 12.
- Both teams only failed to clear twice in the game. SU was 31-33 while St. John's was 22-24.
- Syracuse continued to have tough extra man defense. St. John's was 0-4. Syracuse was 2-5.
- Both teams had 13 saves. Galloway had 9 saves and six goals against in the 50 minute win. Matthew Lerman had 1 save, Ben Levy had three, and Paul Dubas had zero. None of the three allowed a goal.
- St. John's had 24 turnovers to Syracuse's 15.
- The complete box score can be found here.
Syracuse wins the Big East as the final standings shake out like this, with NCAA seeding information included:
1. #1 Syracuse 14-1 (6-0)*
2. #4 Notre Dame 10-2 (5-1)
3. Georgetown 7-7 (4-2)
4. Unseeded Villanova 11-4 (3-3)
5.St. John's 4-10 (2-4)
6. Rutgers 6-9 (1-5)
7. Providence 3-12 (0-6)
*Big East Regular Season Champion
Three Big East teams make the post season, but reflecting on Syracuse they win their regular season finale, the seniors' last game in the Carrier Dome for the regular season. They are the winningest class in Syracuse history. They also have never lost a Big East game, despite the fact it's only been two years. We thank them for everything they have done and here's hoping they leave on top, winners of three National Championships. But time will tell. Meanwhile they have put in the work, gone through the season with only one loss, and have been rewarded with the #1 seed in the 2011 NCAA Tournament.
Stay tuned here for some orange flavored bracket analysis, but also be sure to check out College Crosse for all sorts of tournament analysis, as well as my musings on what is ahead in May Madness from a wider perspective.