Syracuse Routs Providence 22-3

Syracuse Routs Providence 22-3

Syracuse Routs Providence 22-3

Syracuse Routs Providence 22-3

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Criss Angel “Mind Freak” made an appearance in the Carrier Dome Sunday as the Syracuse ran Providence, 22-3, in the season opener for both clubs.

The moment came with 2:39 in the first quarter with Kenny Nims cradling behind the cage. The senior motioned a pass intended for Chris Daniello out front. The throw never got there, mainly because Nims never had the ball. Stephen Keogh was in possession – and at some point in that sequence scored SU’s sixth goal of the day.

“It wasn’t really something planned out, but they fell for it,” Nims said. “It was nice.”

Coach John Desko joked back that his players could have saved the move for Johns Hopkins, “but that’s okay,” he finished.

Okay, so Nims didn't pass the ball with his mind, but the hidden ball trick is back.

There was a point where the game was unexpectedly close. With 5:53 to play in the first Bobby Labadini scored Providence’s first and only 1st half goal to knot things at one. Thirty seconds later, PC asserted it’s statistically strong defense and collapsed on Kenny Nims in front of the net. The rush involved no fewer than five players (on both teams) going after a loose ball that seemed more like a goal-line fumble.

Providence played a zone defense, constantly switching up the it’s looks, but after connecting on just one shot in the game’s first 10 minutes, the Orange figured things out.

“I kept trying to move in the middle,” Keogh said of his five goal outing. “They kept sliding from the crease, so I thought if I kept going to the middle I’d be open and that’s what happened.”

The turning point seemed to be a three minute penalty on the Friar’s Dean Fraser for an illegal stick. That led to a three minute non-releasable man-up and three goals for SU. The rout was on and any breaks that existed went SU’s way, including an Friars own goal just before the half.

“I wouldn’t call it a slow start, I would think a patient start,” Desko said. “I think that we got the possessions that we wanted early and took some good shots and then kind of broke things open early as we got into the end of the first and second quarter.”

SU plays its second game Friday at home against Army. Black Knights coach Joe Alberici was in attendance scouting Sunday.

ORANGE SLICES –

Sophomore LSM Joel White didn’t dress for the opener, out with an ankle sprain. Desko said he expects to have White back for the Army game Friday. Several guys filled his place in the meantime with Tyler Hlawati getting the start. Freshman Joe Moore also saw field time while registering the first shot of his career. --

The Orange used seven different bodies at the face-off X, still trying to find a replacement for graduated All-American Danny Brennen. Jake Moulton got the start, winning five of his 10, not including a fairly clean Providence win to begin the game. Josh Knight took over duties for a while, showing very good success in the second quarter. He finished winning eight of his 10 draws.

“It’s a great competition between everybody. We’re all fighting for the position,” Knight said. “The competition in practice just makes it better on the field because if you just have one guy dominating, than no one else is going against each other and it helps us a lot.”

Knight said he stuck with a basic clamp, then flipped it out the back to get the wings involved.

“We have the number one guys in the nation playing the wings and it’s amazing,” Knight said. “Just clamp the ball, flick it out to them and let them do what they do.”

The ‘Cuse trotted transfer Scott Kahoe (2-2), Jovan Miller (0-1), Tim Harder (2-2), Tom Guadagnolo (0-1) and Gavin Jenkinson (0-1) to midfield as well. Desko said it’s still undetermined who will win the job, or if any one person will win it at all.

“Face-offs are such a technique thing,” Desko said. “You might have a player that’s got a dominant move and another player that’s got a totally different move and all of a sudden you expect something’s going to work in a game situation and it doesn’t. A lot of times it’s a match-up issue.”

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This is the first and last time Syracuse and Providence will meet in a non-conference setting. Next year both clubs will be part of the Big East Conference. But after falling 22-3, PC coach Chris Burdick had no interest in the subject.

“That's the furthest thing from my mind,” Burdick said. “I have a 2009 lacrosse team that's got its eyes on the MAAC championship and the NCAA tournament. We want to try and get back here in May, so I'm not even thinking about that.”

Regardless of the outcome, Desko said he felt the atmosphere was still beneficial to the opponent, citing the crowds and “hoopla” in the Dome. He also referenced how these types of games could work to team’s advantages in the future.

“When you’ve got a conference championship to think about and seedings within the conference and eventually an automatic qualifier for if you win the conference no matter what kind of year you had, a couple of years ago we were 5-8,” Desko said. “Had we been in the Big East Conference, we beat all the opponents we played in the Big East. At 5-8 we would have had an AQ into the playoffs. So if ever a team is having a year like that, that’s something else you can shoot for.”

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cuse's jerseys
    by (#212659) on 2/15/09 @8:21PM
those might be the worst jerseys nike has ever come out with. why... seriously
 
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(no subject)
    by (#202236) on 2/15/09 @8:51PM
seriously...might as well but the word 'syracuse' on the ass. cuse is my favorite team, but their jerseys need some work lol.
 
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Syracuse
    by (#210743) on 2/16/09 @8:04AM
those jerseys are sick what are you talking about they own
 
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Syracuse
    by (#210743) on 2/16/09 @8:04AM
those jerseys are sick what are you talking about they own
 
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Congratulations SU!
    by (#177764) on 2/15/09 @9:03PM
you have my vote for ugliest jerseys of 2009 by a long shot. those things are god-awful.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#208891) on 2/16/09 @10:36AM
I like the SU jerseys they are really cool.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#117375) on 2/16/09 @12:50AM
Nah cuse wore those ugly jerseys to distract providence as they lay the smack down on them. 22-3 that's just shameful.
 
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Canisius?
    by (#167078) on 2/16/09 @4:28PM
Looks the canisius game last year, first round of the playoffs. cuse always finds a way to smack down the teams they're supposed to destroy
 
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Cuse Gear
    by (#118585) on 2/16/09 @7:52AM
I dont usually comment on looks of a team, but Cuse usually sets the bar for all gear rats on what is the hot this year. . . but these uniforms OUCH!

Gear doesnt make a team play well, so they are lucky on that end.
 
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Uni's
    by (#76067) on 2/17/09 @1:46AM
You people must be joking. Those jerseys are SICK. Especially when compared to Providence's God awful attire. Silver is horrendously ugly AND Riddell helmets suck. This game was over as soon as each team saw what the other was wearing. Providence looked terrible and 'Cuse looked amazing. The only team that will most likely top Syracuse with style points is Hopkins, I can't wait to see what they roll out wearing.
 
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Hopkins opinion...
    by (#155398) on 2/17/09 @7:40AM
I was talking to my friend KW last night who plays for Hopkins and he was telling me how much the Hopkins guys love the new cuse look, and that nike sends them similar duds but coach dwan tens to go with a more conservative look. I think the white on white is so fresh with the orange lettering, personally, and i am praying we get to see #43 out on the field in these fresh unis soon
 
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(no subject)
    by (#72283) on 2/18/09 @9:31AM
UVA looks pretty sick every year... the only thing i dont like with them is the helmets
 
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Seriously?
    by (#177764) on 2/18/09 @8:33PM
they suck. the white on white is sick, but having "syracuse" below the number is the dumbest thing I have ever seen in athletic attire. EVER.
 
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Those are jerseys?
    by (#142666) on 2/17/09 @1:26PM
I thought they were wearing lobster bibs.
 
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22
    by (#117375) on 2/17/09 @2:00PM
I cant believe I mist this earlier, but Syracuse scored 22 points on there opening game. Coincidence? i think not. The Orange are back
 
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(no subject)
    by (#102584) on 2/17/09 @3:49PM
those jerseys are definately sloppy but i doubt theyre the reason for the outcome of this game.

Also, does anyone know if cody jameison is gonna be playing next week
 
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syracuse
    by (#197775) on 2/20/09 @7:49PM
syracuse sucks
 
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providence helmet
    by (#197775) on 2/20/09 @7:54PM
providences helmets are a piece of $#@&
 
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