SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The second-ranked Orange (3-1, 1-0) got five points each from juniors Stephen Keogh and Josh Amidon on its way to a 15-12 win versus No. 11 Georgetown (2-2, 1-1) in its inaugural BIG EAST Conference game on Saturday, March 13 at the Carrier Dome.
Keogh tied his career high with five goals and Amidon registered a personal-best four goals and one assist. For Keogh, it was the 12th time in his career that he scored at least three goals in a game and the performance extended his point-scoring streak to 26 games.
In addition, the Orange received four points from senior Chris Daniello (2g, 2a) and three points each from senior Cody Jamieson (2g, 1a) and junior Jeremy Thompson (1g, 2a) to help record its fourth straight win against Georgetown.
A week after scoring five extra-man goals at Virginia, Syracuse’s man-up offense remained red hot against the Hoyas and was one of the keys to the victory. The Orange went 4-for-6 on extra-man opportunities Saturday and tallied a pair of man-up goals late in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach.
Despite Syracuse’s plethora of offensive stars, the Hoyas led 2-1 in the early going. Then Keogh took over. He scored four straight goals in the span of 7:29, including two on feeds from Daniello, to give the Orange a 5-2 advantage with 2:32 left in the opening period.
A transition goal by Georgetown defender Chris Nixon with 46 seconds to go in the first stopped the run. But Daniello found the cage on a sidearm shot with one second showing on the clock to extend the SU margin to 6-3 after the initial 15 minutes.
The Orange led by four (9-5) after Amidon scored his second of the day with 4:34 left in the first half and maintained a four-goal cushion (11-7) at the intermission.
With the Orange threatening to pull away, Georgetown regrouped in the third quarter. The Hoyas won all three faceoffs in the frame and Scott Kocis tallied the only two goals for either side to draw Georgetown to within 11-9 heading into the fourth period.
After a goal by Amidon 10 seconds into the fourth quarter, Ryan Shuler tallied back-to-back goals for the Hoyas to make it a one-goal game (12-11) with 7:36 to play.
But like he’s done so often this season, Thompson seized the momentum back for the Orange. He won the faceoff after Shuler’s second goal, streaked into the box and scored six seconds after Shuler to ignite a 3-0 Syracuse run that sealed the game.
Junior goalie John Galloway posted his fourth straight double-digit save total to help lead Syracuse. He faced 39 Hoya shots, including 25 that were put on goal, and finished with 13 saves.
Shuler paced the Hoyas with three goals. He also tacked on an assist to finish with four points on the day. Craig Dowd also had four points for Geogetown, assisting on four of the team’s five second-half goals.
Georgetown goalie Jack Davis played the first half and surrendered 11 goals, while making six saves. He was replaced at the start of the third quarter by C.T. Fisher after experiencing back spasms. Fisher played the remainder of the game and recorded two saves in the fourth period.
Saturday’s victory increased the Orange’s lead to 15-5 in the all-time series with the Hoyas and improved head coach John Desko’s record to 12-3 all-time versus Georgetown.
The Orange will have a week to prepare for its next opponent – Johns Hopkins. Syracuse will visit Homewood Field on Saturday, March 20 to take on the archrival Blue Jays. Faceoff is at 8 p.m. and the game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU.
Game Notes: Junior close defender John Lade made his first start of the season against Georgetown … He missed the team’s first three games due to injury … The Orange’s 11 first-half goals were the most for the team in any half this year … Syracuse held the advantage in ground balls (36-26) against Georgetown and improved its record to 27-2 since the start of 2008 when winning the ground ball battle … Redshirt sophomore Tim Desko tied his career high with two assists against the Hoyas … Junior longstick middie Joel White registered his first point of the year with an assist in the second quarter.
Syracuse vs. Georgetown
|Craig Dowd||(0, 4)|
|Scott Kocis||(3, 0)|
|Ryan Shuler||(2, 1)|
|Travis Comeau||(2, 0)|
|Max Seligmann||(1, 0)|
|Chris Nixon||(1, 0)|
|Patrick Murray||(1, 0)|
|Andrew Brancacaccio||(1, 0)|
|Zack Angel||(1, 0)|
|Zach Guy||(0, 1)|