April 16, 2011

Syracuse Responds to Loss, Smothers Providence in New England Classic

from press release

FOXBORO, Mass. – Top-ranked Syracuse (10-1, 3-0) bounced back from its first loss of the year with a 13-3 victory against BIG EAST foe Providence (3-8, 0-3) in the opening game of the New England Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, April 16 at Gillette Stadium. The Orange scored the game’s last 11 goals and held the Friars scoreless for the final 50:07 of the contest to win its ninth straight conference game.

In all, nine different players scored goals for Syracuse Saturday. Senior Stephen Keogh registered his 20th career hat trick, tallying three goals. He also had two assists to finish with game-high five points. In addition, junior Bobby Eilers turned in a career performance. Playing with the second midfield, Eilers, who entered the game with one goal in his SU tenure, scored three times, including twice in the first quarter.

Senior goalie John Galloway anchored the defense, making six saves to earn the win. He also registered the first point of his career when he assisted on classmate Joel White’s  fourth-quarter goal.

Syracuse dominated all facets of the game, owning a 40-12 advantage in shots, a 34-15 margin in ground balls and winning 16 of the game’s 20 faceoffs (.800). The Friars did not get off more than three shots in any quarter.

The game was competitive at the outset with the two teams trading goals in the first period. Although SU outshot the Friars, 11-3, in the stanza, the Friars were more efficient, scoring on all three of their shot attempts. But their third goal, scored by Sean Wright at the 5:07 mark, proved to be their last of the game. The Orange seized control after that. Its faceoff success led to several additional possessions and when the Friars did have the ball they rarely tested the SU defense, electing to kill the clock to stay within striking distance.

The strategy worked for three quarters, however, the Orange found its offensive rhythm in the fourth period and exploded for eight goals.

Ahead 5-3, senior Jeremy Thompson started the scoring spree, finding the cage with 12:56 left in regulation. The offensive barrage didn’t end until freshman Derek Maltz registered his first career goal with 2:25 remaining. In between, five different players combined for six goals, including White, who made the play of the day, gathering a long outlet pass from Galloway and ripping home a shot in one motion to put SU in front 8-3.

Wright paced the Friars with one goal and one assist in the contest. Evan Helda and Steve Lydon had Providence’s other two goals. The Friars used three goalies during the course of the game. Jake Goodelman made the start and played three quarters. He totaled seven saves in a losing effort.

Syracuse is back in action again Tuesday, April 19 at the Carrier Dome. The Orange hosts Central New York rival Hobart at 7 p.m. The game will be televised live in the Syracuse area on Time Warner Sports.

Game Notes

Junior Collin Donahue passed out a career-best three assists against the Friars … With the victory, Syracuse improved to 9-0 all-time in BIG EAST play and 5-0 in games played at Gillette Stadium … The Orange is now 3-0 all-time against Providence and has outscored the Friars, 49-11, for the series … Syracuse is 22-0 against non-ranked opponents since the start of the 2008 season … Junior Kevin Drew tied his career high with five ground balls in the contest … Attendance for the New England Lacrosse Classic, which also included Princeton versus Dartmouth, was 5,316.


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