With a chance to become the No. 1 team in the NCAA, the Syracuse Orange lacrosse team put on an offensive and defensive effort befitting. They topped Rutgers 11-5 behind a stingy defense an an offense led by "go-to guy" Chris Daniello.
Five days after winning the Cornell game with a goal an instant before the final horn sounded, Daniello rescued the No. 2 Orange again, scoring a career-high six points and matching a career high with four goals in an 11-5 Big East victory over Rutgers on Sunday night before a crowd of 3,253 at Yurcak Field. Daniello had plenty of help from SU’s stingy defense, which held the Scarlet Knights scoreless for nearly 41 minutes.
And as for how stingy that defense was, this should just about sum it up.
In addition, the Syracuse defense blanked the Scarlet Knights in the first half and 40:42 overall to start the game before Andrew D’Agostino scored the Scarlet Knights’ first goal with 4:18 left in the third period.
The Knights were able to stay in the game late thanks to their late goal surge. Then, as he always seems to do these days, Tim Desko made a crazy circus shot and the wheels came off the Rutgers' comeback-wagon.
With the win, goalie John Galloway moved into a five-way tie for seventh on the Division I all-time wins list (41-wins). The Orange will play their final home game of the season on Saturday against lowly Providence.
Update: Tim Desko's goal made ESPN's Top Plays - #3