WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sophomore goaltender John Galloway had a career-high 19 saves and second-year attackman Stephen Keogh scored four of the Orange’s eight goals as second-ranked Syracuse (3-1) defeated No. 12 Georgetown, 8-5, in front of a sold-out crowd of 2,942 at Multi-Sport Field on Saturday, March 7.
In addition to his four goals, Keogh added an assist to finish with a game-high five points. Two of his goals came in the first quarter. He also had one of SU's two fourth-quarter tallies. The Toronto, Ontario native leads the team with 13 goals on the season.
Senior midfielder Matt Abbott had his best offensive game of the year Saturday. He tied his career high with three points (2g, 1a). Both of his goals came in a 3-0 Orange scoring run to close the game.
Galloway’s performance keyed an Orange defense that held the Hoyas to just one goal in the first half and shut out Georgetown in the fourth quarter after the Hoyas rallied from a 5-3 deficit to tie the game at 5-5 on an unassisted goal by Todd Cochran with 45 seconds to go in the third.
But Cochran’s score proved to be Hoyas’ last goal of the afternoon as the Orange turned to Abbott and Galloway down the stretch. Abbott’s first goal gave SU a 6-5 cushion heading into the fourth quarter, and with SU leading, 7-5, on Keogh’s fourth tally, Abbott notched the game’s final goal with 9:25 left in regulation. It was all Galloway needed as he made the lead stand up with six saves in the final quarter.
Galloway’s fourth-quarter performance was the exclamation point on a terrific overall game which included 10 saves in the first half, nine of which came in the second quarter. Several of his stops were from point-blank range, including one on Ryan Shuler with 5:45 to go in the first half. Shuler was all alone on a fastbreak after an Orange turnover, but Galloway kicked his right foot out to get a piece of the shot and preserve SU’s 2-1 halftime advantage.
In addition to Galloway, the Orange got a superb effort from close defenders Sid Smith, John Lade and Matt Tierney. They combined to hold Georgetown leading scorers Ricky Mirabito and Craig Dowd to just one point Saturday.
Overall, the SU defense surrendered just two points to Hoya attackmen. Both came on the same play as Dowd scored at the 1:37 mark of the third period and reserve Zack Angel had the assist. SU's defensive effort helped negate a 45-36 Georgetown advantage in shots and a 12-5 Hoya advantage at the faceoff X.
Midfielder Andrew Brancaccio led the Hoyas with two goals. Scott Kocis (1g, 1a) also had two points for Georgetown. Hoya goalie Jack Davis finished with nine saves, but he only made three in the second half.
Syracuse returns to action on Saturday, March 14 when it hosts archrival Johns Hopkins in a rematch of last year’s national championship game. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live in the Syracuse area on Time Warner 26.
Game Notes: Sophomore Chris Daniello made his first career start on attack Saturday … Abbott’s assist on senior Dan Hardy’s first-quarter goal was his first of the year … Senior attackman Kenny Nims extended his consecutive games with a point streak to 20 with an assist in the second quarter … With the win, Syracuse improved to 14-4 all-time against the Hoyas.
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