Syracuse vs. Cornell Notes and Quotes
May 25, 2009
Division I Final - Syracuse vs. Cornell Notes
Division I Final - Syracuse Coach Quotes
Head Coach John Desko
"I'm a little bit at a loss for words. I can't tell you how happy I am for our group. I'm excited they've won the school's 11th national championship. It wasn't easy. I feel like we played for about three minutes at the end and I still have to go back and watch the film to see what happened. I know that Danny Hardy made a great play at the last goal and Cody (Jamieson) made a great goal to give us our 11th national championship.
I really have to congratulate Cornell. I've had a chance to watch them in the playoffs now. They've really played unbelievable going down the stretch. They've been extremely well-coached; their players have really understood what the coaches' game plan is. They possess the ball for minutes at a time, ending up with good shots. They play great defense, their goalie has played well. My hat's off to them, they certainly played well today and had a chance to win the game."
On the late timeout down three goals:
"We had to cover a lot of things. First of all, we needed a goal there, so we had to set up the offense. We had to set up an offense for zone defense, we had to set up an offense for man-to-man defense. We had to tell our guys if we did lose it, we had to get back and stop the fast break and we had to pressure. We had to get our goalie ready to come out and double-team the ball. I don't always like the TV timeouts, because we're used to the regular season and having 60 seconds. We're probably fortunate that it was a TV timeout, because we were able to get an extra minute or two to set things up on the offensive end and the defensive end."
On Cornell forcing tempo for much of the game
That's how they've been playing. They've been playing very well, it's a great game plan for their personnel and what they do. We had talked to our guys all about it and said that when we get the ball at the offensive end of the field, you've got to understand how the game is going. If they've had the ball at their offensive end, we've been playing a lot of defense. We get it at our end, if it's a fast break, we're going to take it, but if not, we need to get the ball around, settle it down, get comfortable and rest our defense at the other end of the field. For three periods, we thought we could get some quick goals, and we kind of played right into their hands."
Division I Final - Syracuse Athlete Quotes
Kenny Nims (Most Outstanding Player)
On Syracuse's comeback in the fourth quarter:
To be honest, I never did think we were going to lose. Our guys never give up. Starting last year, we made a commitment to ourselves to work hard on and off the field. We became a lot more disciplined and it's been showing the past two seasons. Never count us out. We made some mistakes here and there, but worked hard to get the ball back and come out on top.
On playing well on Memorial Day:
This is our time of year. Simply put. This is why we go to Syracuse. The tradition of our program is extremely rich. This is what we've been waiting for all year and this is our time.
On scoring the game-winning goal:
I don't really remember too much of it. I think it was an unsettled situation. Dan (Hardy) got the ball in a shooting situation and wound up. Dan is a guy you have to defend, so my guy slid up and Dan found me open in front of the crease and I just took a shot.
On rejoining the team after missing most of the season:
There were definitely nights looking at your ceiling wondering if it was going to happen. So I leaned on my family and friends and hoped it would happen. I practiced every day with the team and I still felt like I was part of the team. They didn't make me feel like I wasn't a part of the team and it's a great feeling right now.
Division I Final - Cornell Coach Quotes
Head Coach Jeff Tambroni
The most difficult thing of our profession is that one day you wake up and you know that these guys to my right, John Glynn and Max Seibald, won't be representing Cornell lacrosse as an active member of our team and they'll no longer be spending each and everyday heading to work and being with that group of seniors. We have to tip our hats to Syracuse today. They played great and showed a lot of poise at the end of that game. They certainly played like a team that has been here before. At the same time, I could not be more proud of the effort that a group of guys, who didn't seem to get a whole lot of credit coming here, that battled through two pretty tough lacrosse games and almost pulled this one off.
Division I Final - Cornell Athlete Quotes
Senior midfielder Max Seibold
On Syracuse's tying goal
"We had an opportunity to clear the ball, and I picked the ball up off the end line and passed it up. I probably should have just ran it out myself. I'll probably never forget that. I just passed the ball up, and Syracuse just rode hard. They got an opportunity. They worked hard for it, and they got it. They pushed the ball down the field and got a shot on cage, and at that point in the game anything can happen. Give them credit for not giving up and getting one in."
On the emotion of coming so close to winning the championship
"Four seconds away ... It seems to be a number that haunts us. When we sophomores, that was the number on the board when Duke scored on us. That makes it even tougher for us. For the seniors we've worked so hard the past four years, and for the rest of the team, throughout the entire year, we've put so much into it, and it meant so much to us. For no one believing in us and us coming out and doing what we did and having control of this one until the end, that's why we play the game. We love each other. There's a lot of emotion in that locker room right now. I'm proud of every one of them, and I wouldn't trade this group of guys for a national championship. The experience I've had with these guys for the last four years and this last year, I wouldn't trade it for a ring."
Senior midfielder John Glynn
On Syracuse's tying goal
"The Syracuse players made a great play, and they deserved it at the end there, the way they rode that ball back. They've been doing that all season. We've watched a lot of film of those guys, and the game wasn't over until it was over. They proved that today."
On the difference in the Cornell offense in the first and second halves
"In the first half, we kept it moving. We knew that Syracuse was going to come out and try to take the ball from us and try to get us out of our rhythm of just holding the ball, kind of settling into our offense. We handled that first wave of pressure coming, and that kind of settled them back, let us do what we wanted to do and kind of settle into our offense and run the plays we wanted. In the second half, once we got a two-goal lead and maintained that two-goal lead for a long time, we got out of that groove and let Syracuse push back on us. We weren't attacking as much. We just got away from that offense that was successful for us in the first half, and too much holding back with the ball. It bit us in the butt.
On the play of defender Matt Moyer
"He's been playing like that for us all season. A guy who has two torn meniscuses, it's remarkable. He comes out on the weekends and fits right in with our defense. He's the leader in that end, and he was sorely missed that one game. We missed him a lot, and when he comes back into our lineup, it's just a totally different defense. The way he's been communicating and just leading our defense in the last two games, holding Virginia to six and Syracuse to 10 ... He's been a first-team All-American all season for us. He's just a great player, a great competitor and a great teammate. I know me and Max are going to miss him a lot.
Division I Championship All-Tournament Team
All Tournament Team
|Joel White||Syracuse||Sophomore||long stick midfield|
|Most Outstanding Player|