EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. ––Senior John Galloway set the NCAA record for career wins by a goalie, earning his 52nd triumph in top-ranked Syracuse’s 13-11 win against No. 3 Duke (8-3) in the nightcap of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on Sunday, April 3 at New Meadowlands Stadium. The victory was the eighth consecutive for Syracuse, which at 8-0, is off to its best start since the 1990 undefeated (13-0) national championship season.
Galloway eclipsed Scott Bacigalupo’s previous record of 51 career wins for Princeton from 1991-94. He finished with a season-best 16 saves against the Blue Devils to earn Konica Minolta Player of the Game honors. Galloway’s overall record stands at 52-6 in 58 career starts.
Offensively, Syracuse displayed a balanced attack that featured nine goal scorers against the Blue Devils. Senior Jovan Miller (2g, 2a), sophomore JoJo Marasco (2g, 2a) and senior Stephen Keogh (3g, 1a) led the way with four points apiece. Miller’s scoring total was a personal best. For Keogh, it was his 18th career hat trick.
“I think it makes you harder to cover,” SU head coach John Desko said of his team’s offensive balance. “If you play with the philosophy that one guy is going to get it done for you and you run into that one game where somebody stops him then everything stops. It’s great that we share the ball like we do and everybody takes turns getting it done for us.”
After scoring just 10 combined goals the last two games, Syracuse came out firing against the Blue Devils, scoring five goals on its first five shots. Senior Josh Amidon opened the scoring less than two minutes into the contest. Redshirt sophomore Steve Ianzito, senior Jeremy Thompson and redshirt junior Tim Desko followed to give the Orange a 4-0 lead less than six minutes in.
An unassisted goal by Jordan Wolf at the 7:04 mark of the opening quarter got the Blue Devils on the board, but Miller reclaimed a four-goal advantage for the Orange, striking with 5:55 left in the period. The Orange stretched its lead to 6-1 when junior Bobby Eilers, taking his first offensive midfield run of the year, recorded his first career goal on a right-handed shot from 10 yards out with 3:34 to play in the opening quarter.
After not making a save in the first quarter, Duke goalie Dan Wigrizer settled down a bit and made four stops in the second period. The Orange still scored three times to take a 9-2 advantage into the locker room at halftime.
The first half was perhaps the best 30 minutes of lacrosse Syracuse has played this season. Nine different players scored in the half and eight of the tallies were assisted. Defensively, Syracuse limited the Blue Devils, the third-highest scoring team in Division I (12.9 goals per game), to two goals in the first two quarters.
However, it was only a matter of time until the Duke offense awakened. The reigning NCAA champs scored four of the first six goals in the third quarter, and pulled to within 11-6 with 1:01 remaining in the period on a goal by Jake Tripuka. But goals by Keogh and Marasco in the final 30 seconds of the frame pushed the SU lead back to seven, 13-6. Keogh collected a ground ball and tallied an easy goal with 28 seconds left after senior Joel White’s shot hit the post, and Marasco notched an unassisted goal with seven ticks remaining in the period.
Duke continued to charge in the fourth quarter, scoring four goals, including consecutive tallies by Zach Howell, to close the gap to 13-10 with 3:13 left. But critical penalties down the stretch on Luke Duprey (holding) and Tom Montelli (pushing) killed any chance of a Duke rally. Wolf tallied a goal with 36 seconds to play, but that’s all the Blue Devils could muster.
To look at the stats one would think Duke was the victor. The Blue Devils outshot the Orange (42-29), held the advantage in ground balls (34-20) and dominated faceoffs (20-7). However, Syracuse never trailed and overcame its statistical deficiencies with accurate shooting (.448, 13-29) and by forcing Duke into a woeful 13-for-20 (.650) performance on clears.
For Duke, the loss ended its seven-game winning streak. Howell led the Blue Devils with a game-high six points, including four goals. Wolf (2g, 2a) and Tripuka (1g, 3a) each had four points. CJ Costabile and Brendan Fowler owned the faceoff X. Costabile won 11 of his 15 draws and had 10 ground balls. Fowler was 9-for-12.
Syracuse returns to action on Saturday, April 9 at Princeton. Faceoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Princeton Stadium. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU.