Duke vs. Syracuse
April 3, 2011
|Zach Howell||(4, 2)|
|Jake Tripucka||(1, 3)|
|Jordan Wolf||(2, 2)|
|Christian Walsh||(2, 0)|
|David Lawson||(1, 0)|
|Tom Rynn||(1, 0)|
|Dan Wigrizer||9 (0.409)|
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|Jovan Miller||(2, 2)|
|Jojo Marasco||(2, 2)|
|Stephen Keogh||(3, 1)|
|Tom Palasek||(0, 2)|
|Josh Amidon||(1, 1)|
|Tim Desko||(1, 0)|
|Scott Loy||(0, 1)|
|Jeremy Thompson||(1, 0)|
|Steve Ianzito||(1, 0)|
|Tim Harder||(1, 0)|
|Bobby Eilers||(1, 0)|
|John Galloway||16 (0.593)|
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|The Game Story:|
|East Rutherford, NJ – John Galloway said it best.|
The senior All-America goalie on the Syracuse University men’s lacrosse team had just set an unofficial NCAA record for wins in a career. He had made a season-high 16 saves and was the best player on the field for three quarters.
Yet, Galloway marveled afterward at what he saw at the other end of the field during the top-ranked Orange’s 13-11 victory over No. 3 Duke on tonight before a crowd of 25,115 in the Big City Classic at New Meadowlands Stadium.
There the SU offense roared to life, pouring nine of 16 first-half shots into the cage en route to a 9-2 cushion. The nine goals nearly matched the combined output of SU’s last two games, 5-4 victories over Johns Hopkins and Villanova. Nine different players scored. Eight of the nine goals were unassisted.
“The offense had our back,” said Galloway, who at 52-6 surpassed Princeton’s Scott Bacigalupo (1991-94) win total. “They have such firepower. Whenever they get it going it’s scary. Not only is it scary, but it’s fun to watch. It’s fun being at the other end enjoying it.”
The fireworks were a welcome relief to the Orange (8-0).
“We just relaxed out there,” said senior midfielder Jovan Miller, who scored two goals and assisted on two others.
“We were more unselfish,” added Stephen Keogh, who had three goals, one of them on an incredible no-look over-the-shoulder shot, and an assist. “It started Monday in practice. It was our hardest week.”
“We have a lot of faith in ourselves,” JoJo Marasco (2-2) said. “We were focused, and the ball ended up in the back of the net.”
The slump-snapping performance saved Syracuse on a night when little else went right. Consider:
x. Duke won 20 of 27 faceoffs. It would appear that SU, which was only 9-for-27 at the X in its previous two games, now has a problem there.
“We’re disappointed there,” coach John Desko said. “A few we did get out we didn’t get the groundball. We need to get better at that.”
x. The Orange was dominated on groundballs 34-20, mostly due to its poor performance at the X.
“It was just a funny game in the second half,” Desko said, describing the 9-4 deficit SU endured there. “I hate to keep harping on the faceoffs and all those possessions. But even on some of them when it did come out (free) it took a funny bounce and went the other way.”
x. SU was outshot 42-29. It was outscored 5-0 in the fourth quarter.
“That’s not something we pride ourselves on as a defense, letting up that many goals, especially in the second half,” Galloway said. “Five goals in the fourth quarter. That’s usually the time we lock down.”
x. The Orange lost senior All-America close defender John Lade to an ankle injury sometime in the second half.
“I don’t know,” Desko said when asked about it afterward. “He should be fine. We’ll see.”
There are enough negatives there to moan about until Syracuse, off to its best start since 1990 when it went 13-0 and won the national title, hits the field again at 4 p.m. Saturday at Princeton. It was certainly enough to let Duke coach John Danowski applaud the way his more inexperience team (8-3) rebounded.
“I’m proud that we kept playing the right way,” he said. “Syracuse is a tremendously poised team, though. They showed why they’re No. 1.”
At least for a half.
“I think we got started off on the right foot,” Desko said. “We played one of our best halves of the season from one end of the field to the other. I thought the offense was clicking and the defense was playing well, along with John making saves. I think the second half we just asked a lot of our defense. We couldn’t get the ball to our (offensive) end of the field. It was a good win against the No. 3 team in the country. I would have liked to do a little more in the second half, but we just couldn’t get the ball.”