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Lacrosse Weekly - NCAA Quarterfinals OR Goodbye Seniors

What a tragic outfit to leave the program wearing.
It was going to be an interesting game either way. And sadly Syracuse ended up just short in a tense, overtime tilt sending Maryland to the Final Four and Syracuse and their magnificent seven seniors home. No title, just heartbreak. Syracuse's season ends in overtime against Maryland six to five.
Syracuse started the game with scoring two goals. The first was from Jeremy Thompson with a nifty dodge and hand switch to bury one near the end of the first quarter. The second came from Jovan Miller shooting a laser with 4:45 to go in the second period. Then Maryland added two goals of their own to send the teams to the locker room 2-2. Maryland continued their run, scoring two more goals to start the third quarter. Syracuse would then add another goal. Maryland would not go away however as they added a goal with one second left on the clock in the third period from a deflected pass in, right by John Galloway. Syracuse went on to tie the game by adding two goals, one of which with only 1:05 remaining in regulation thanks to Jovan Miller's second goal of the day. But Maryland was able to get possession in the overtime and put one past Galloway again to win 6-5, ending the Orange's season.
  • Jeremy Thompson and Jovan Miller each had two goals. Jojo Marasco had the other goal.
  • Marasco also had the only assist for Syracuse on the day.
  • Joel White again led Syracuse with five ground balls.
  • Syracuse struck out at the X most of the day. Thompson was 0-4, Chris Daddio was 2-5, Josh Knight was 0-1, and Ricky Buhr was 1-4.
  • John Galloway had 11 saves and six goals against.
  • Maryland led in most statistical categories in this game. They led in shots 34-22.
  • Maryland had 19 ground balls while Syracuse had 12.
  • Maryland won 11-14 faceoffs in the game.
  • The Terps were a perfect 13-13 in clears. Syracuse was 15-16.
  • Maryland failed to score on three extra-man opportunities. Syracuse was 1-1.
  • The Orange had 11 saves. Maryland had nine.
  • Syracuse had only nine turnovers, while Maryland had 13.
  • Out of 25 Maryland possessions they had 11 stall warnings. Not a fun game to watch.
John Galloway said in the postgame press conference that the last second deflected goal to end the third quarter wasn't the difference in the game. I agree. It was mainly Syracuse's inability to win a faceoff and control the ball at the offensive end. While Syracuse gave a valiant effort to come back and tie the game with just over a minute left in regulation, clearly Syracuse might have made this a different game if they were given more possessions and Maryland didn't hold the ball for minutes on end. And Syracuse's offense did not get a lot of chances to score. Syracuse almost could have taken the lead in the ticking seconds of the final minute but Syracuse missed and there was no back up. And thus Maryland continues in the tournament, while Syracuse, and this fine senior class, is done.
There could be a lot said about this class and their legacy. Despite the last two years of early exits, this class deserves a lot of credit for helping bring Syracuse back from missing the tournament to a National Championship. And two National Championships in four years is never a bad thing. While it's a bitter ending for Syracuse, those seniors have two rings and can look back on their time and know they did great things at and for Syracuse. The greatest game I've ever watched, especially in person, was that '09 final against Cornell. So we wish those seniors the best of luck, like all Syracuse students becoming alumni this May. It's been a fun season and 15-2 is not too shabby.

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