Syracuse Slays Siena, 11-4

Syracuse Slays Siena, 11-4

Syracuse Slays Siena, 11-4

Syracuse Slays Siena, 11-4


SU Secures Spot in NCAA Quarterfinals

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The second-seeded Orange (13-2) used a stifling defense and an explosive attack to defeat MAAC champion Siena (12-6) by the score of 11-4 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at the Carrier Dome. Syracuse held the Saints without a goal for the first 41:49 of the contest, and team’s starting attack unit of senior Kenny Nims, sophomore Stephen Keogh and junior Cody Jamieson combined for seven goals and five assists in the win. With the victory, the Orange improved to 12-3 in first-round NCAA games and advanced to the quarterfinal round where it will meet Maryland on Saturday, May 16 at Hofstra’s Shuart Stadium. Game time is 12 p.m. The Terrapins moved on by beating Notre Dame, 7-3, earlier Sunday afternoon.

Tickets for the quarterfinal round can be purchased by calling the Hofstra Athletics Ticket Office at 516-HOF-TIXX. They are also available online at until Friday, May 15 at 5 p.m. Tickets are $20 and there are no reserved seats. Parking is $10 per vehicle.

Nims led Syracuse’s attack with five points, including four assists. Jamieson, who made his first start of the year Sunday, registered a personal-best three goals and dished out his first assist of the season. Keogh scored on three of his five shot attempts to record his 10th hat trick of the year.

On the defensive side, Siena’s scoreless streak was the longest for an Orange opponent in one game this season. Sophomore John Galloway was locked in from the start making seven saves in the opening half and he finished with 13 in the contest. Syracuse also successfully killed five of Siena’s six man-up chances and held the team’s leading scorer, Bryan Neufeld, to one goal.

In addition, the defense received solid support from the Orange’s attackmen whose aggressive rides helped force the Saints into an 11-for-19 showing on clears.

After neither team scored in the game’s first seven minutes, Jamieson got things going with a nifty shot that beat Siena goalkeeper Brent Herbst low to give the Orange a 1-0 lead with 7:05 to go in the first quarter. An unsettled man-down goal by Keogh followed just over a minute later to give Syracuse a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.

Sophomore long stick Joel White scored his fourth of the year with 8:47 left in the half to extend the SU lead to three, and Keogh followed with his second of the day at the 4:50 mark to push the host’s advantage to 4-0 at the break.

Senior Dan Hardy finished a Nims pass at the 8:44 mark of the third period to push the lead to five before Kenny Mazzone scored Siena’s first goal with 3:11 to go in the stanza to break the team’s scoring drought. The goal did little to slow down the Orange as SU responded with four of the game’s next five goals to go up 9-2 and put the game out of reach.

Mazzone led the Saints with three points (1g, 2a) and Jordan Loftus, the brother of former SU standout Brendan Loftus, contributed a goal and an assist.

Herbst kept the Saints in it early. He had eight saves in the first half and finished with 11 in the game. He was relieved in the cage by Tom Morr who played the last 2:22 and did not make a save or allow a goal.

The Orange’s victory Sunday extended its season-best winning streak to six games and improved the team’s home record to 10-1 for the season.

Next weekend’s quarterfinal matchup with Maryland will be the first meeting between the two programs since the Terrapins defeated the Orange, 18-17, in the 1997 NCAA semifinals at Byrd Stadium in College Park. Syracuse is 5-8 all-time against Maryland, but holds the edge in NCAA Tournament pairings, 3-2.

Game Notes: Syracuse improved to 22-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games contested at the Carrier Dome … Orange head coach John Desko is now 24-5 all-time in NCAA Tournament play … With the win, the Orange tied the school record for home victories in a season (10) established in 1988 … Nims extended his point-scoring streak to 31 games with an assist on Jamieson’s first goal … Senior Greg Niewieroski scored a third-quarter goal in his return to the lineup after missing the last three games due to injury.

Photos by Charles Wainwright

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Cody Jamieson & Stephen Keogh Combo....
    by (#219440) on 5/11/09 @12:26PM
Has me smelling an Orange National Championship.

In fact I am smelling an Orange National Championship while I am walking all the way to the bank.

Do anyone else smell that?

My prediction, ya do and ya do and ya do do do!
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(no subject)
    by (#143077) on 5/11/09 @12:30PM
an 11-4 win over MAAC siena isnt exactly impressive. Score should've been alot worse

its like beating up a kid in a wheelchair.
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Right On Man...
    by (#219440) on 5/11/09 @12:33PM
Great analogy. We're tough guys around here!!!
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    by (#15285) on 5/11/09 @1:51PM
I thought Siena played pretty well considering. They just need to work on there clearing game and get their confidence up on the offensive side. I thought their goalie looked absolutely sick in the first half.
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(no subject)
    by (#52162) on 5/11/09 @5:00PM
with jamieson playing that gives them someone on offense that no one is gonna know and he definitely gonna be able to put goals in, i would love them to win it all, but maryland may come on strong, hitting duke in the semis would tough also
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Look at the Stats
    by (#70739) on 5/11/09 @6:48PM
People like RWHawks need to do a little bit of research before making ignorant comments about what should and should not happen on the field. Siena lost by two goals to a team that lost by one to cuse (Loyola) and lost by one goal to a team that lost by 2 to cuse (Albany). They held both of those teams under 10 goals. Why is it so surprising that Siena put up a decent fight against cuse? Like it or not there is quality lacrosse played outside the ACC or the Carrier Dome. Even in the MAAC.
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   MAAC - I agree by 5/11/09 @7:55PM
      (no subject) by 5/11/09 @9:20PM
         RWHawks I am Seriously Agreeing... by 5/11/09 @10:24PM
   (no subject) by 5/11/09 @9:27PM
      (no subject) by 5/12/09 @10:54AM
      "reply" by 5/12/09 @8:27PM
         I ate a sandwich by 5/12/09 @8:47PM
         HA by 5/12/09 @11:51PM
            oops by 5/12/09 @11:52PM
Siena's Goalie
    by (#130269) on 5/11/09 @9:15PM
Is there some rule on sweatpants? Those things are HUGE!

I'm okay with wearing sweatpants, I wore them when it was cold though. I also had on normal sweatpants. Not ones made for the fattest gangster this side of the Missouri River. I played a game in 80+ weather and the other kid had on sweatpants just like those and i just thought... there should be some rule against that. I know he's not cold.
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   GK fashion...... by 5/12/09 @8:26AM
      True by 5/12/09 @12:08PM
   swag by 5/25/09 @8:36PM
    by (#221335) on 5/11/09 @9:49PM
i think the orange can pull another championship off
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   jamesion, keough, and smith by 5/11/09 @11:07PM
    by (#3709) on 5/11/09 @11:17PM
Same teams as usual

Cornell may get in there

This is so bad for game.

How many D-1 teams are there?

How many have ever made it to the final 4?

this sucks
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   CUSE by 5/12/09 @4:06PM
      Whats the deal nappy? by 5/13/09 @3:42AM
         Re: What's the deal nappy?? by 5/13/09 @8:33AM
            Thats not what I meant by 5/13/09 @2:56PM
               its an imposter... by 5/13/09 @7:48PM
                  check it... by 5/13/09 @9:41PM
                     Captpat... by 5/14/09 @8:54PM
(no subject)
    by (#165751) on 5/12/09 @8:45PM
guys chill the reason it wasnt a blow out is because siena has the #2 defense and #4 goalie in the country...11 goals on that aint bad
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Teams Outside NCAA
    by (#111020) on 5/13/09 @10:32PM
I understand the power and prestige of traditional Lacrosse power houses like Syracuse, Duke, UVA, etc. But this is a players sport, and shouldn't we see how the sport is progressing with all the players.

I know many of you don't think we can compete, but the West Coast is bulking up, and we're also in our finals.

Check out what other conferences have to offer Support and help endure all of Lacrosse, not just some of it.
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   Dont expect MCLA coverage on by 5/17/09 @11:04PM