Syracuse Opens With 15-9 Win Over Denver

Syracuse Opens With 15-9 Win Over Denver

Syracuse Opens With 15-9 Win Over Denver

Syracuse Opens With 15-9 Win Over Denver

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior Cody Jamieson (Six Nations, Ontario) scored a career-high four goals to lead top-ranked Syracuse (1-0) past Denver, 15-9, in the season opener for both teams at the Carrier Dome on Friday, Feb. 19. It was the 10th straight win for the Orange, the longest active winning streak in the nation.

Jamieson scored on four of his six shots against the Pioneers (0-1). He led an Orange offense that saw 11 different players score goals and six players record at least two points.

The Orange’s other offensive leaders were junior attackman Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario), who contributed two goals, and senior Chris Daniello (Cross River, N.Y.), junior Jeremy Thompson (Nedrow, N.Y.), junior Jovan Miller (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman JoJo Marasco (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.), who each had a goal and an assist. Miller also collected six ground balls to tie for team-high honors in that category.

Syracuse got off to fast start Friday with two goals in the opening minute and never let up. Miller tallied the first goal of the year for Syracuse just 41 seconds into the contest. Sophomore Kevin Drew (Katonah, N.Y.) followed with an unassisted tally on the team’s next possession to put the hosts up 2-0 at the 14:07 mark of the first quarter.

The two early goals kick-started a blitzkrieg that saw the Orange score on eight of its 13 shots in the opening period on its way to an 8-2 advantage after 15 minutes. Syracuse tallied the last four goals of the quarter, including two in the span of six seconds to close the period’s scoring. After Thompson assisted on a Josh Amidon (Lafayette, N.Y.) goal at the 3:31 mark, he won the next faceoff and found the cage himself with 3:25 to go in the period to push the SU lead to six.

Overall, seven different SU players registered goals in the first quarter, including Jamieson who found the cage twice.

The Orange continued to pour it on, leading 10-3 at the half and taking its largest margin (14-4) after a three-goal run in the third quarter that featured back-to-back Jamieson tallies.

The Pioneers rallied late, scoring the five of the game’s last six goals to close the gap. They outscored the Orange, 4-1, in the fourth quarter, but never seriously threatened the hosts.

SU junior goalie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) made 11 saves in just over three quarters of action. He made six in the third period alone, including five in the opening minutes to keep Denver from climbing back into the game.

Alex Demopoulos scored four goals to lead the Pioneers. The only other multi-point scorer for Denver was Charley Dickenson (two assists). Starting Denver goalie Peter Lowell was knocked out early after surrendering eight goals in the first 11:35. Zander Buteux played the remainder of the game between the pipes and totaled 17 saves.

The Orange dominated the faceoff circle Friday, winning 19 of the game’s 27 draws. Senior Gavin Jenkinson (Stuart, Fla.) was 9-for-13 on faceoffs and Thompson was 7-for-11. Their prowess helped key the offense in the early going as Syracuse won 11 of the game’s first 15 draws to help build its advantage.

Friday’s win improved Syracuse head coach John Desko’s record to 12-5 all-time against Denver’s Bill Tierney. It was also the team’s 14th straight season-opening victory.

The Orange returns to action on Sunday, Feb. 28. Syracuse will host Army at 5 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live in Syracuse on Time Warner Cable Sports.

Game Notes: Senior Brandon Conlin (Bloomfield, Mich.) received the first start of his career on close defense in place of junior John Lade (Randolph, N.J.), who missed the game due to injury … Thompson started his first game as a member of the Orange … He was part of SU’s first midfield line … Sophomore Joe Moore (Plainsboro, N.J.) recorded the first point of his career with an assist in the third quarter … Redshirt freshmen Spenser Parnell (Guilford, Conn.) and Pete Coleman (Madison, N.J.) both scored their first collegiate goals in the contest.

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(no subject)
    by (#9675) on 2/19/10 @11:33PM
The most skilled purest attack man is #22 Cody Jamieson, just an early prediction but he will lead all scorers in D1 when the year is over.. CUSE 2010 NATIONAL CHAMPS.. 3 peat..
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    by (#9675) on 2/19/10 @11:40PM
Rookie of the year.. JEREMY THOMPSON.. this kid can do it all, he is a great addition to the Orange to defend their Championship.
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    by (#225765) on 2/20/10 @1:47PM
Jeremy Thompson is a junior, not a rookie
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1st year d1 player
    by (#9675) on 2/20/10 @5:28PM
1st year division 1 is a rookie to me.. his eligibility is junior because of 2 years of juco which is not d1
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    by (#199913) on 2/20/10 @4:27AM
you prediction of cody jamieson is based off of his performance in one game where, yes he did score 4 goals, but so did denvers Alex Demopoulos. as for a pure attackman.... not so much, pure finisher is more up his alley.
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DANG! I thought this game was gonna go a little...
    by (#196945) on 2/20/10 @1:30AM
bit better...well atleast it shows DU is workin its way up...u never know, maybe theyll be NCAA champs in a couple year? hmmm
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Give DU a break here...
    by (#234733) on 2/20/10 @9:35AM
Denver doesn't have as big of a recruiting pool to choose from compare to 'Cuse that is a given. But the fact that they have coach Tierney (s) on board, is a step in the right direction... it may take a few more years, or maybe just till the end of this season to see DU as another true Div. I contender. Kudos to coach Tierney for scheduling a game against the power house (let alone a defending champion) this early....

Let's see how 'Cuse fair against the top teams, but an automatic final 4 in my book. Props to coach Desko for alot of the management changes.. it could be a silver bullet the team need against other emerging Div. I powerhouse this season.
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Back to basics
    by (#142666) on 2/20/10 @1:24PM
Thank God Nike vaporized those heinous jerseys provided to Syracuse last year. Worst ever.
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    by (#165751) on 2/20/10 @4:40PM
i agree
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    by (#155398) on 2/20/10 @1:33PM
First of all, Denver has a vast recruiting pool. With Tierney making the move out there, he's staked his claim that the west coast is his, from Texas to Colorado to Cali to Canada. Just recognize its his first year and it will be 2-3 years before we see marked improvement as he gets his recruits and players in the program. That being said, they certainly aren't ready to make any significant steps up this year, although they sure play hard and disciplined.

As for Cuse, I thought they dominated every facet of the game start to finish. The fact that they put their subs in for almost the entire 4th quarter speaks volumes about this team's depth this year on attack and defense. The starting D (Galloway included) allowed only 5 goals through 3 quarters on 16 shots on cage, without their #1 cover guy (John Lade) and one of last year's man down specialists (Tom Guadagnolo). Offensively, a lot of turnovers and some sloppy play, but that is to be expected with games in February and so many new guys in the mix. As the season progresses and guys get more comfortable and gain confidence, this offense has the potential to hit the 15 goal mark every game. They have so many guys that can contribute, as evidenced by the 11 different goal scorers, and they won't be reliant on one midfielder or attackman to shoulder the burden of creating or finishing.

Also, Joel White is the best lacrosse player in the country. Nobody does more for his team. I'm sure I'll catch flack from this from some, as everyone seems so enamored with Ned Crotty and Billy Bitter, but I'd take White over anyone else in college right now.
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    by (#9675) on 2/20/10 @1:44PM
Crotty is a great player.. him and poskay are the bet players to ever come out of new jersey.. bitter is going to get pressured hard this year and wont perform nearly as well as last year.. crotty already proved he can handle that pressure of taking on the other teams #1 defenseman each game and producing last year! Joel white is an excellent player and for him to be unselfish and play the role that he does for the Orange, is the reason why they won last year and will repeat again this year! having the 2 best finishers in College lacrosse with Cody on the left and Keough on the right doesnt hurt either.. mwhahahahah 3peat
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What about
    by (#209365) on 2/20/10 @4:08PM
Coco or Hewitt? One of the best Dmen ever, and a great goalie, both were 1st team AA, as well as getting other AA nods.
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they are both great as well
    by (#9675) on 2/20/10 @5:23PM
sorry im so offensive minded, i sometimes forget the great dmen like hewitt
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Denver Helmets
    by (#232966) on 2/20/10 @5:57PM
Did anyone else notice that pretty much all of the Denver players had the Warrior helmets but a few had Pro7s? One of the players on the front screen had one and #6 in one of the pics had one. Did anyone else notice that or was it just me?
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