Saturday, May 7, 2011

'Cuse Crushes Red Storm

By Louis Milman

With a dominating 20-6 victory over the St. Johns Red Storm on Saturday, the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team has clinched their 2nd consecutive Big East Lacrosse Conference championship. The Orange, who had regained their #1 ranking with a victory over Notre Dame last weekend, will remain number one into the beginning of the NCAA Tournament, and will almost undoubtedly be the overall number 1 seed. 

With the victory, the Orange move to 14-1 on the season and are undefeated (6-0) in the Big East. The Orange excelled in almost every aspect of the game, with 20 different players recording either a goal or an assist, and the defense shutting down the Red Storm offense. Orange goalie John Galloway saved 60% of the shots he faced, and the Orange used all three backup goalies, none of whom surrendered a goal. 

Tommy Palasek and JoJo Marasco continued to exhibit improvement in playing together, scoring two goals each. Palasek added two assists, leading the Orange with four points. Joel White added two goals with his long pole, his third career multi-goal game, two of which have been against the Red Storm.

The incredible SU senior class played their final regular season game the right way, with White and Galloway helping to lead the way. Senior Steven Keogh added two goals to tie Mike Leveille for ninth on the SU all-time list with 132. The senior class improved their record to 59-7, the best for any graduating class in school history. 

SU will learn at 9pm on Sunday who they will face in the opening round of the NCAA tournament. The bracket selection will be shown on ESPNU. SU’s opening round game will be Sunday, May 15th at the Carrier Dome.

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