All told, Syracuse goalkeeper John Galloway couldn’t have asked for a much better way to make NCAA history.

In front of a crowd of 25,115 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., the Syracuse native stopped 16 shots by No. 3 Duke, and became the all-time winningest goalkeeper in NCAA history as he backstopped the No. 1 Orange to a 13-11 win against the Blue Devils in the final game of the Big City Classic on Sunday.

“It was a great opportunity for the game to be here,” Galloway said. “It’s one of those moments where it’s a special thing for us as a team, not me individually, for every guy in the past four years that I’ve played with. Right now, it was a special win to beat Duke in our season. I think that means a lot for us.”

It was the 52nd career victory for Galloway, who broke the NCAA record in the category that he shared until Sunday with former Princeton keeper Scott Baciagulpo, who won 51 games from 1991 to 1994. True to form, though, Galloway was his own worst critic after the game, lamenting the shots he didn’t stop.

“I’ve got to make some of those saves in the second half,” said Galloway, who would be named Big East Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts. “It would make the win a lot more enjoyable.”

The victory appeared to be assured when the Orange held a 9-2 lead at halftime, and maintained that seven-goal margin after a 4-4 third quarter. However, the reigning NCAA champions scored five unanswered goals to start the fourth quarter. However, the Orange was able to slow the Blue Devils down when they needed to, hanging on for a two-goal victory that made Galloway’s big game look even bigger.

“They’re huge,” Orange head coach John Desko said of Galloway’s 16 saves. “They had some one-on-one opportunities where he made saves one-on-one. Goalie play was the difference in the game.”

The hard-fought win by the No. 1 team in the nation was a fitting end to a tripleheader that featured a pair of intense battles that weren’t decided until the final horn sounded. The day started with a heated Big East battle between Rutgers and St. John’s that saw the Scarlet Knights score to come with in a goal in the final minute before the Red Storm escaped with the win.

“It was a fight to the finish, as we knew it would be,” St. John’s head coach Jason Miller said. “There was a concern that the event would become bigger than the game, and I was really pleased with the way our guys responded, especially early.”

The middle game, between No. 4/5 North Carolina and No. 5/6 Johns Hopkins, saw the Tar Heels outscore the Blue Jays 4-2 in the second half, and tie the game with 2:41 remaining on a goal by Duncan Hutchins. However, Hopkins retook the lead with 1:52 remaining on a goal by Lee Coppersmith, whose high school, St. Andrew’s (Fla.), played against local powerhouse Don Bosco Prep before the college tripleheader commenced.

“It’s been a long week,” said Blue Jays head coach Dave Pietramala. “I am unbelievably proud of our team. I’m proud that the guys battled back physically and mentally.”

Need to Know

• A meeting between the top two teams in the Conference Carolinas didn’t go exactly as expected. The result wasn’t terribly surprising, as No. 1 Limestone remained undefeated, but playing against a strong Queens (N.C.) team, the Saints stormed out to a 7-1 lead in the first quarter en route to a 24-3 victory. Thirteen different players scored for Limestone, led by Shayne Jackson, Riley Loewen and Desi Gonzalez with four goals each. Jackson also had a pair of assists to finish with a team-high six points. Starting goalkeeper Steve Gartelman stopped seven of the 10 shots he faced in just over 47 minutes of action before yielding the cage to backups Remington Steele and Steven Christofides. Now 10-0 on the season, the Saints will face Lenoir-Rhyne on Tuesday afternoon before traveling to Misenheimer, N.C. to face Pfeiffer on Saturday in their Conference Carolinas regular-season finale.

• Tufts held steady as a unanimous No. 1 in the USILA Division III Poll this week, but No. 2 Salisbury is charging hard as a strong candidate to unseat the reigning NCAA Champions. The Sea Gulls won their two games last week by a combined score of 37-5, doing most of the damage in a 25-1 win against Hood on Wednesday before beating St. Mary’s (Md.) 12-4 on Saturday. Salisbury has held its opponents to single-digit goal totals in every game this season but one, a 24-10 win against Wesley on March 19, with No. 8 Roanoke as the only other team to score more than five goals against the Sea Gulls.

• Maryland got a major statement win in the ACC on Saturday when the then-No. 10 Terrapins upset a Virginia team that came in ranked fourth in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Poll and sixth in the USILA Coaches Poll. Junior midfielder Joe Cummings scored four goals, including a natural hat trick in the third quarter. Trailing 5-3 with five and a half minutes left before halftime, The Terrapins scored nine of the next 10 goals, including seven unanswered tallies, to take a 12-6 lead before Chris Blocket scored for the Cavaliers to produce a 12-7 final score. Cummings was named the ACC Offensive Player of the Week for his efforts, while senior defenseman Brett Schmidt was named Defensive Player of the Week after limiting Virginia’s leading scorer, Steele Stanwick, to a single goal in the contest.

Quick Hits

• Mercyhurst senior midfielder Kevin Coholan was named the ECC Player of the Week after scoring four goals and adding an assist in the Lakers’ 16-8 win over then-No. 3 Dowling. Mercyhurst moved up to fourth in the USILA Division II Poll.

• Cornell junior attackman Rob Pannell was named the Ivy League Player of the Week after leading the No. 6 Big Red to a 19-8 win against Dartmouth on Saturday. Pannell scored four goals and assisted on five others, finishing with nine points to tie the NCAA’s single-game high this season.

• Middlebury senior goalkeeper Ryan Deane was named the NESCAC Player of the Week after making 26 saves during a 2-0 week for the No. 7 Panthers. Deane made nine saves on Tuesday in a 6-5 win against Washington & Lee, then made 17 saves on Saturday in an 11-6 win against Colby.