Cuse Wins 5th In A Row, 13-8 Over Loyola

Cuse Wins 5th In A Row, 13-8 Over Loyola

Cuse Wins 5th In A Row, 13-8 Over Loyola

Cuse Wins 5th In A Row, 13-8 Over Loyola

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The second-ranked Orange lacrosse team (7-1) extended its winning streak to five games with a 13-8 victory against No. 18 Loyola (4-4) Saturday, March 29 in front of a crowd of 4,570 at the Carrier Dome. With the win, the Orange remained perfect at home this season (5-0) and handed the Greyhounds their first road loss of 2008.

Syracuse got seven goals from the midfield line of juniors Dan Hardy (Tully, N.Y.), Pat Perritt (Holtsville, N.Y.) and freshman Jovan Miller (Syracuse, N.Y.) in the victory. Hardy and Perritt tied their career highs with three goals each. Miller scored once and contributed two assists to finish with a personal-best three points.

Senior attackman Mike Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) netted a game-best five points (3g, 2a) Saturday. Through eight games, Leveille has 38 points (22g, 16a), one shy of his entire 2007 total accumulated in 13 contests. Leveille also broke into the top 20 at SU in both career points and goals with the peformance. He now has 105 goals and 170 points in 49 games. Both totals rank 19th in the SU annals. In addition, he extended his number of consecutive games with a point to 47, tied with Tim Nelson (1983-85) for the seventh-longest streak in school history.

Trailing 2-0 after the first period, the Orange got three goals in the span of 1:11 to gain a 3-2 lead with 12:24 left in the opening half. Junior Kenny Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) started the scoring spurt with a goal at the 13:35 mark. An unassisted tally by Leveille followed 44 seconds later, and Hardy capped the run with a laser from 10 yards out at 12:24.

Loyola regained the lead briefly, 4-3, on a pair of goals by Cooper MacDonnell. MacDonnell, who notched three of the Greyhounds’ first four goals, scored with 12:06 to go in the half and again at the 10:57 mark. After that, the Orange defense clamped down on him and the rest of the Loyola attack, not allowing a goal for the remainder of the quarter to head into the locker room with a 5-4 edge.

For the second straight game, the Orange offense exploded in the third quarter. SU scored four of the first five goals in the period as part of an overall 6-1 run that resulted in a 9-5 advantage. Six different players had goals in the scoring spree and Leveille had three points (1g, 2a) in the run. Included in the rally was a spectacular, length-of-the-field outlet pass from rookie goalie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) to Nims, who fed classmate Greg Niewieroski (Watertown, N.Y.) from behind the cage for an easy goal that made the score 7-5.

Loyola briefly got back in the game, scoring back-to-back goals to pull within 9-7 after three quarters, but the Orange outscored the Greyhounds, 4-1, in the final stanza, including two tallies by Perritt, to seal the win.

The Orange won the ground ball battle for the sixth time in eight games, holding a 35-23 margin over the Greyhounds in the statistic. Leveille led the way with six, while junior Matt Abbott (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) each had five. Abbott and White lead the team with five games with at least five ground balls this season.

MacDonnell finished with a game-high four goals to lead the Greyhounds. The only other Loyola player with multiple points was Shane Koppens. He registered two assists. Freshman goalie Jake Hagelin made 14 saves.

Syracuse’s win marked the seventh time in the last eight meetings it has gotten the better of the Greyhounds.

The Orange returns to action on Saturday, April 5 against Princeton. Faceoff is slated for 3:30 p.m. on Time Warner 26

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#1
    by (#153982) on 3/30/08 @12:42AM
Syracuse #1? I think so!
 
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Duke
    by (#189471) on 3/30/08 @11:55AM
Duke crushed loyola earlier this season 21-8. Duke deserves that number 1 spot. The georgetown game was just a wake up call for them
 
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    by (#165751) on 3/30/08 @1:11PM
only problem is....UVa still beat us, even if they did lose
 
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Cuse numero uno
    by (#185818) on 3/30/08 @10:06AM
Cuse should be ranked number one... but hopefully they won't fall to the ranks like the other three number one teams... honestly i don't think they will, after last season both Desko and the players no they can't take things for granted just because of their name (Duke basketball)... but again Cuse is doing what they're suppose and they're doing it at the right time... keeping it close against the good teams and taking advantage of their opportunities when given and not forcing the issue, and then blowing away those who aren't on their level... Desko i apologize for saying that maybe you need to hang it up i was being stupid and you mos def made the right changes this year so Cuse can be where they belong... #1


~Justice~



 
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    by (#139861) on 3/30/08 @11:11AM
If the Orange get the number one ranking tomorrow, it's entirely possible they could go the rest of the season holding it. Their schedule does not really have any games that will be real tough wins. Most of the remaining teams are down this year.
 
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    by (#131429) on 3/30/08 @1:04PM
As a fan im not sure I want Cuse #1 based on the way things are going this season. Other than Cornell they should be abke ti handle the rest of their schedule no problem.
 
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    by (#52162) on 3/31/08 @10:01AM
i agree that they can hold the number one spot, since they got it. but the only thing have against them is strength of schedule.they put up the points in games and don't get upset the could definitely go all the way with it. i'm glad to see them back on game from last years debacle.
 
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YEAH
    by (#194622) on 4/09/08 @5:06PM
Go syracuse they ROCK
 
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