Coach’s son leads No. 1 ’Cuse to win
Notebook: Duke freshman wins Player of the Week honors
When Syracuse and Virginia met on Friday night at the Carrier Dome, it was the third game of the season for the Orange. It was just the fifth game of the season for the Cavaliers. However, when there’s a crowd of 15,000 plus in the stands in Syracuse, a national television broadcast on ESPNU and a meeting between the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the nation -- the No. 1 and No. 1 teams, in fact, according to the USILA Coaches’ Poll -- there are certain expectations.
It’s safe to say those expectations were met, to the chagrin of the Cavaliers.
With the Orange wearing 1990s throwback uniforms, the Orange summoned an effort worthy of the teams that played in five NCAA Championship games and won three titles. Redshirt junior Tim Desko, head coach John Desko's son, scored two of his career-best five goals to help Syracuse score three of the last four goals, leading the Orange battle back from an 8-7 halftime deficit to beat the Cavaliers 12-10.
“We didn’t really expect anything else -- a run and gun, up and down game against the Cavaliers,” John Desko said after the game.
While the offensive action was the story of the game, it was also a big night for senior goaltender John Galloway. With nine saves, Galloway earned his 47th career win to tie Jay Pfeifer for the school record and moving into a tie for third place all time on the NCAA Division I wins list.
Galloway will look to take sole ownership of the record on Saturday when the No. 1 Orange head to M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, site of the 2011 NCAA Championship for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic. The Orange will take on Georgetown, the No. 20 team in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Division I Media Poll, live on ESPNU at 11 a.m. ET.
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• Limestone got the biggest win of its season-opening four-game win streak on Sunday, as the Saints defeated then-No. 2 Le Moyne 11-9 in a neutral-site game in Bethesda, Md. The Dolphins’ Jack Harmatuk recorded a hat trick in the first quarter to help Le Moyne take a 5-3 lead, but the Saints outscored the Dolphins 8-4 during the remaining 45 minutes to pull out the victory. Riley Loewen earned Conference Carolinas Player of the Week honors after scoring five goals for the Saints, who moved up to No. 3 in the USILA Division II Coaches’ Poll, and will face another top 10 challenge on Saturday, traveling to No. 7 Mars Hill. The Dolphins, meanwhile, will face another opponent from Conference Carolinas at a neutral site, as they’ll take on Lees-McRae on Saturday on the campus of Essex Community College in Baltimore.
• After defeating a Division II opponent in Florida Southern during a trip to the Sunshine State in February, RIT made its Division III season opener a success on Saturday, going to overtime to defeat then-No. 10 Rensselaer at RIT Turf Field. The Tigers held an 8-5 lead with 2:12 remaining in the third quarter, but the Engineers scored four of the last five goals to force overtime. However, junior attacker Tyler Russell scored his fourth goal of the game with 1:44 remaining in the extra session to power the Tigers to a win. With the victory, RIT moved from No. 7 to No. 6 in the USILA Division III Coaches Poll, while the Engineers dropped from No. 10 to No. 14.
• Coming off a disappointing season-opener at Hofstra, Princeton turned in a historic performance on Saturday at Johns Hopkins’ Homewood Field. Tyler Fiorito made nine saves to anchor a Princeton defense that held the Blue Jays to their lowest offensive output since 1966, and the Tigers beat their longtime rival 8-3. Freshman Tom Schreiber led the way offensively for the Tigers, scoring four goals and adding an assist to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Princeton, meanwhile, moved up to seventh in both the USILA Coaches Poll and the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll, ahead of Friday’s home opener against No. 10 North Carolina at Class of 1952 Stadium.
• Duke swept the ACC’s Player of the Week honors after its 9-8 overtime upset of then-No. 3 Maryland. Freshman attacker Jordan Wolf was named Offensive Player of the Week for his hat trick -- which marked the first three goals of his college career and included the game-winner in overtime -- while goaltender Dan Wigrizer was named Defensive Player of the Week after matching his career high with 17 saves.
• After sitting idle atop the USILA Division III Coaches Poll, defending NCAA Champion Tufts will finally open its season on Saturday, when the Jumbos host Amherst in their NESCAC opener. The Jumbos already picked up a major honor, when senior attacker D.J. Hessler -- who led the team a season ago with 37 goals and 54 assists -- was named to the 2011 Tewaaraton Award Watch List.
• Mercy College picked up a pair of East Coast Conference after the Mavericks upset then-No. 7 NYIT 16-11 on Wednesday. Junior attacker Sal Spinelli was named the conference Player of the Week after recording a hat trick against the Bears then scoring four goals against Chestnut Hill, while TJ DiCarlo was named Goalkeeper of the Week for making 14 saves against the Griffins.
• Albany’s Miles Thompson made an impact for the Great Danes against Delaware on Saturday, and was rewarded with America East Rookie of the Week honors. Thompson scored a hat trick in the Great Danes’ 11-9 win against the Blue Hens, their first win in a home opener since 2007.
• Clarkson junior Bryan Huff and Skidmore sophomore Mike Holden shared Offensive Performer of the Week honors in the Liberty League after leading the Golden Knights and the Thoroughbreds to wins. Huff scored a hat trick, added a pair of assists and picked up four ground balls in a 17-13 win against Oneonta State, while Holden scored four goals and added two assists to figure on half of Skidmore’s goals in a 12-8 win against Western Connecticut State.