Syracuse Defense Steps Up Again, Blanks Princeton in Fourth Quarter
from press release
PRINCETON, N.J. – Top-ranked Syracuse
(9-0) extended its winning streak to nine games with a 7-5 win
against Princeton (2-6) before a crowd of 5,401 Saturday, April 9
at Princeton Stadium. The Orange held the Tigers scoreless in the
fourth quarter and scored twice in the final period to emerge
Senior Stephen Keogh recorded his 19th career hat trick, leading the Orange with three goals, including the game-winner with 7:30 left in regulation. Classmate Jeremy Thompson had two points (1g, 1a) in the victory.
Playing without injured star John Lade, Syracuse also received a tremendous performance from its defense Saturday. The Orange gave up only five goals, the third time in the last four outings Syracuse held its opponent to five goals or less. It killed all five of Princeton’s man-up opportunities, including a one-minute penalty against sophomore Brian Megill for slashing late in the fourth quarter while clinging to a 6-5 lead.
Redshirt sophomore David Hamlin made his first career start in place of Lade. He drew Princeton attackman Luke Armour as his primary assignement and held him to one goal for the game.
It appeared Princeton would provide little resistance to Syracuse early on. The Orange opened up a quick 2-0 lead on goals by senior Josh Amidon and Thompson in first two minutes of the game. After Armour got the Tigers on the board at the 8:11 mark, senior Joel White delivered a bounce pass to an open Keogh for a layup with 1:43 remaining the first to push the SU lead to 3-1.
In the second quarter, Princeton’s Chris McBride scored unassisted with 8:44 left in the half to close the gap to 3-2. But the Orange defense blanked the Tigers for the rest of the period, and Syracuse got goals from Keogh and junior Tommy Palasek to go up 5-2 at the half.
However, Princeton refused to left Syracuse pull away. Mike Grossman and McBride found the cage less than a minute apart to reduce the Orange lead to 5-4 with 9:24 left in the third quarter. Tom Schreiber made it three straight Tiger goals when he found the cage with 29 seconds to go in the period to tie the game at five.
Princeton’s defense held the Orange scoreless for a stretch of 26:55, including the entire third quarter. Goalie Tyler Fiorito made five of his 10 saves in the third frame to give the Tigers’ offense an opportunity to knot the score. It wasn’t until redshirt sophomore Steve Ianzito found Keogh inside for a 6-5 SU lead with 7:30 left in the fourth quarter that the Orange finally broke the scoring drought.
That was all the Syracuse defense needed. The Tigers generated just two shots the rest of the game.
Junior Kevin Drew put the finishing touches on the win, firing a shot into the empty Princeton net from 12 yards out while falling to the ground with 1:17 remaining to produce the final score. Fiorito was caught out of position on the play when he left the cage in an attempt to force a turnover.
Senior goalie John Galloway recorded six saves against the Tigers to earn his 53rd career victory. His save on Jeff Froccaro’s shot while Princeton was man-up with 2:36 to play in the fourth quarter gained possession for the Orange and ultimately led to Drew’s insurance goal.
McBride’s two goals paced the Tigers. Schreiber also finished with two points on one goal and one assist.
The Orange held the advantage at the faceoff X for the first time in six games. The Orange won eight draws to five for Princeton. Thompson led the way, winning five of his eight attempts. Syracuse also owned the advantage in ground balls, 29-26.
Syracuse returns home to the Carrier Dome on Tuesday, April 12 for a 7 p.m. showdown with Cornell. The game will be televised live locally on Time Warner Sports.
Ianzito’s assist on Keogh’s game-winner was the first of his college career … Keogh has nine career game-winning goals, including four this season … Saturday’s game was the 200th of John Desko’s head coaching career … It also marked the first time in the 23 meetings between Princeton and Syracuse since 1992 that one of the participants came into the game unranked … Princeton’s 2001 NCAA title team celebrated its 10th anniversary Saturday and was recognized in a ceremony at halftime.