March 5, 2009

Courtesy of Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Second-ranked Syracuse (2-1) will play its first road game of the 2009 season on Saturday, March 7 when it meets No. 12 Georgetown (1-1) at 12 p.m. at Multi-Sport Field. It will be SU’s third consecutive game against a ranked opponent.

The Orange and Hoyas both enter Saturday’s matchup after one-goal losses last week. The Hoyas lost their first game of the year, 10-9, on Feb. 28 at St. John’s. Syracuse is looking to rebound from a 13-12 home defeat on Feb. 27 to top-ranked Virginia. The Orange has won the last two meetings with its future BIG EAST Conference rival, including a thrilling 9-8 win in double overtime last season.

Fans can listen to the game live on KROCK (100.9 FM). The audio stream of the broadcast will be available on as part of Orange All Access.
Saturday’s game represents a clash of the two active Division I coaches with the highest career winning percentages. Orange mentor John Desko ranks second on that list with a career .745 winning percentage. Desko has four national championships and a 120-41 overall record. He was named the USILA Division I Coach of the Year in 2008. Georgetown’s Dave Urick is first in active winning percentage (.751). He also has the most wins (316) of any active head coach and lists second behind Jack Emmer in career coaching victories. Urick won 10 NCAA Division III Championships as the head coach at Hobart during the 1980’s.
Orange senior midfielder Scott Kahoe is no stranger to the turf at Multi-Sport Field. Kahoe played three seasons at Georgetown before transferring to Syracuse for his final year of athletic eligibility. Kahoe suited up for the Hoyas in 2005, 2006 and 2008 and collected 11 goals and 14 points in his Georgetown career. He redshirted the 2007 campaign while recovering from a shoulder injury.
Kahoe has scored two points in every game this season, including two goals in SU’s last game against Virginia. He is pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse. He earned degrees in finance and English at Georgetown.
The Orange possesses the country’s most potent offense as Syracuse leads all Division I in scoring this season at 17.0 goals per contest. The Orange has 51 goals on the year and tallied a season-best 22 in its season-opening win against Providence on Feb. 15, the most goals in a Division I game this year (Bryant had 22 vs. Sacred Heart, but is in the process of reclassifying to Division I and therefore does not appear in the national statistics). The Orange is averaging 2.33 more goals per game than UMBC, which lists second at 14.67. In addition, Syracuse also ranks first nationally in total points per game (25.67). The Orange has 77 points in three games. Its closest competition is Bellarmine at 24.0 points per contest.
Senior attackman Kenny Nims has filled the scoring void created when 2008 Tewaaraton Trophy winner Mike Leveille’s career came to a close after last season. Nims has taken on the role of becoming the team’s first offensive option and leads the nation in scoring at 6.0 points per game. Nims leads the Orange in all three major offensive categories - goals (10), assists (8) and points (18). He notched a career-best eight points against Providence in the season opener, including establishing a personal best with five assists. His eight-point showing against the Friars is tied with Notre Dame’s Neal Hicks for the most points in a Division I game so far this year. Hicks had eight points against Penn State on Feb. 22. Nims’ five assists in the Providence victory is tops in the nation in that category.
Georgetown enters Saturday’s game with a 1-1 record. The Hoyas defeated Maryland to open the season, but started ECAC play with a 10-9 loss at St. John’s on Feb. 28. A slow start in the first quarter killed the Hoyas at St. John’s as the Red Storm led 4-0 after the opening 15 minutes. Junior attackman Ricky Mirabito led Georgetown with five goals in the contest and he is the team’s leader in points (9) and goals (8) this season. Classmate Craig Dowd is second on the team in scoring (7 points) and first in assists (5). Dowd was a member of the U.S. Under-19 National Team that won the gold medal at the 2008 ILF World Championship. Senior Scott Kocis is Georgetown’s highest scoring midfielder. He had two goals and one assist against St. John’s. Kocis has five points, including three goals, in 2009.
Georgetown has struggled on faceoffs and defensively so far this season. The Hoyas have won just 39.6 percent its draws (19-48). Senior Michael Shotwell has taken the majority of the faceoffs for the Hoyas. He is 11-for-31 (.355). Georgetown is allowing 10 goals per game. Junior defenseman Barney Ehrmann is a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate and leads the team with 11 ground balls. Junior goalie Jack Davis has played every minute between the pipes so far in 2009. He has 21 saves and a .512 save percentage.
This is the 14th straight season Syracuse and Georgetown have met on the lacrosse field. The two schools have played at least once every year dating back to 1995 with Syracuse holding a 13-4 lead in the series. The Orange has won all three postseason meetings.