April 13, 2009

Courtesy of Syracuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The fifth-ranked Orange men’s lacrosse team received a dominating performance from its defense and cruised to a 10-3 win against Rutgers in front of 5,112 fans at the Carrier Dome on Saturday, April 11. The three goals allowed by the Orange matched its season low. The Orange also limited Providence to three goals in the season opener on Feb. 15.


With the victory, Syracuse improved to 9-2 overall and 7-1 at home this season. Rutgers is now 4-8.


Syracuse shut out the Scarlet Knights in the first half and kept them off the scoreboard for 31:42 to start the game before Justin Pennington scored Rutgers’ first goal with 13:18 remaining in the third period. However by that time, Syracuse led 6-0 and was well on its way to the triumph.


 The scoring drought marked the second time this season the Orange defense held an opponent without a goal for more than 30 minutes, a feat it also achieved against the Friars.


SU goalie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) was on his game from the start and finished with eight saves in three quarters of action. The sophomore had six saves in the first half, including two early stops on Jeff Rommel and Pennington. Junior Al Cavalieri (Lathrup Village, Mich.) played the fourth quarter and made four saves.


SU’s stingy defense served as a spark for the offense as two of its five goals in the first half were the result of caused turnovers.


Ahead 1-0, the Orange extended its advantage to two after a vicious hit by senior defenseman #Sid Smith# resulted in a turnover that led to a transition goal by junior Chris Daniello (Cross River, N.Y.) with 5:03 left in the opening quarter. Another miscue by Rutgers led to SU’s third goal as sophomore long pole Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) intercepted a pass, raced across midfield and dumped the ball in to classmate Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario) for an easy score to push the hosts’ lead to 3-0 with 5:51 to go in the first half.


For White it was just the beginning of his offensive contribution. A little over three minutes later, he gave the Orange a 4-0 lead when he tried to thread a pass to Keogh, however, Keogh moved his stick and the ball zipped right past Rutgers goalie Billy Olin and into the cage. A Kenny Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) goal with four seconds left in the quarter extended the SU lead to 5-0 at the half.  


Syracuse increased its lead to six as Daniello opened the second half with an unassisted goal, and the Orange outscored the Scarlet Knights, 4-1, overall in the third quarter to claim a 9-1 lead and seal the victory.


Offensively, Keogh and Daniello both had hat tricks for the second straight game. Daniello’s three goals equaled his personal best. Nims also finished with three points (1g, 2a) on the day to extend his scoring streak to 27 games.


Midfielder Gerhard Buehning notched the last two goals of the game to pace Rutgers. Olin finished with seven saves in a little more than 52 minutes of action in goal. Backup Peter Pantages played the remainder of the contest and had two saves.


Syracuse dominated the Scarlet Knights in the faceoff circle Saturday, winning 10 of the game’s 14 draws, including seven of the eight faceoffs in the second half. Junior Gavin Jenkinson (Stuart, Fla.) paced the Orange at the X, going 7-for-9 (.778).


The Orange returns to action on Friday, April 17 with a 7 p.m. match against Albany at the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live in Central New York on Time Warner 26.


Game Notes: The Orange improved to 15-1 all-time against the Scarlet Knights in the Carrier Dome … SU has won the last five meetings with the Scarlet Knights … SU improved to 7-0 this season when scoring the game’s first goal … The contest marked White’s first career multi-point game … The last time the Orange shut out a team for an entire half was on April 26, 2008 versus Massachusetts.