Rutgers vs. Syracuse
April 23, 2011
|Will Mangan||(1, 0)|
|Kory Kelly||(1, 0)|
|Duncan Clancy||(0, 1)|
|Rudy Butler||7 (0.389)|
|Joseph Donnelly||0 (0.000)|
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|Tom Palasek||(3, 3)|
|Jojo Marasco||(2, 2)|
|Billy Ward||(1, 1)|
|Collin Donahue||(2, 0)|
|Jovan Miller||(2, 0)|
|Jeremy Thompson||(0, 1)|
|Jeff Gilbert||(0, 1)|
|Josh Amidon||(1, 0)|
|Stephen Keogh||(1, 0)|
|John Galloway||6 (0.857)|
|Matthew Lerman||2 (0.667)|
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|The Game Story:|
|11 goals to put the game away.|
The victory was the 57th for SU’s senior class, tying the Class of 1986’s school record for wins over a four-year period. The Orange’s 2011 seniors are 57-7 in 64 games since the start of the 2008 season.
Junior Tommy Palasek had a career day, finishing with six points on three goals and three assists. The Orange also got four points (2g, 2a) from sophomore JoJo Marasco. Junior Collin Donahue who played two years at Rutgers before transferring to Syracuse, had two goals against his former team. Senior Jovan Miller also scored twice.
However, the story of the game was defense. The Orange surrendered the game’s opening goal, an unassisted tally by Will Mangan at the 11:04 mark of the first period. The next Rutgers goal didn’t come until there was 2:34 left in the game. In between, the Orange defense put up a goose egg. It was a virtuoso performance that included forcing a season-high 24 turnovers and harassing the Scarlet Knights into an 11-for-18 (.611) showing on clears.
“I thought we rode extremely well,” SU head coach John Desko said after the game. “Our riding helped our cause. I think we got a couple off goals off our ride. Any time a team is holding the ball like they (Rutgers) were trying to against us, it’s great to ride them and get those possessions back.”
Rutgers’ 53:30 scoring drought is the longest on record for a Syracuse opponent dating back to the late 1980s when times of goals became available. Its two goals were the fewest against the Orange since Binghamton managed two in a 16-2 loss on March 22, 2008.
Despite being locked down for the majority of the game, Rutgers held a brief 1-0 advantage after Mangan’s goal. But Miller tied the score with 2:50 left in the first quarter on a rocket from 10 yards out, and Marasco gave the Orange a 2-1 lead heading into the second quarter, scoring off a restart with 15 seconds to play in the opening period.
Marasco’s tally seemed to ignite of the Syracuse offense. The Orange rattled off three goals in the first nine minutes of the second quarter to extend its advantage to 5-1. Then, with less than a minute to play in the half, Marasco intercepted a Rutgers clearing pass and found Donahue for his first goal to push the lead to 6-1 at the intermission.
In the third quarter, Palasek and senior Josh Amidon found the cage and lead swelled to seven, 8-1. Palasek’s third-quarter strike may have been SU’s prettiest goal of the day. Senior Joel White set it up by shoveling the ball to Marasco as he was being knocked to the ground. Marasco picked up the ball and flipped it to Palasek for the layup.
Syracuse poured in three more goals in the fourth quarter before Kory Kelly’s man-up goal ended the Rutgers drought. Following Kelly’s goal, SU freshman Billy Ward put the finishing touches on the win, notching his first career goal with 24 seconds remaining to close the scoring.
Syracuse outshot the Scarlet Knights, 35-16, for the game. Nine of Rutgers’ shot attempts came in the fourth quarter when the Orange was subbing liberally.
Despite not facing many shots, SU senior goalie John Galloway finished with six saves. He allowed one goal in a little more than 54 minutes of work. Galloway gave way to freshman Matt Lerman, who played the last 5:59 and totaled two saves.
The Orange’s victory sets up a showdown with undefeated and top-ranked Notre Dame to decide the BIG EAST regular-season championship on Saturday, April 30. Faceoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU.
Game Notes: The Orange is now 10-0 all-time in BIG EAST play … The victory was SU’s seventh straight against Rutgers … Senior Jeff Gilbert was credited with his first assist of the season on Marasco’s first-quarter goal … White collected eight ground balls against the Scarlet Knights to pass Pat McCabe and Toby Price for fifth SU’s all-time ground ball … White has 264 career ground balls and he’s averaging seven ground balls per game in SU’s last four outings … Attendance for the ESPNU Warrior Classic doubleheader, which also included Hofstra versus Massachusetts, was 4,748.