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Syracuse Lacrosse Was An Ungracious Host This Weekend

"If we come out strong in the first five or 10 minutes and show Syracuse that we’re not just there to roll over, they’ll realize they have to play a little harder. Then so will we and we’ll see how it ends up." - Mike Blocho, Canisius attackman on 5/10

Ooofa. Someone came out strong on Sunday, Mike, but it wasn't Canisius. Syracuse scored its first goal 75 seconds in and never looked back en route to a 20-3 shellacking. The Orange were up 6-0 by the end of the first period. After a few brief flashes, the Griffins went into the locker room down 9-3 with a semblance of momentum. But all of that vanished within the first few minutes of the 2nd half as the Orange just poured it on. Mike Leveille led the four goals and two assists, Kenny Nims added two goals and three assists.

Canisius senior captain Tom Hensel summed it up best:
"I mean, they killed us."
The Orange move on to the 2nd round in Ithaca where they will take on Notre Dame. The Irish were taken to overtime by Cuse-killer Colgate before prevailing 8-7. It was a hard-fought win for the Irish, who never led in the entire game until they finally won it. The win takes one of the two teams that beat the Orange in the regular season out of the equation but does line up a fairly tough task with Notre Dame. The Orange should at least have a luxury of a home crowd at the nearby field.

Orange44 runs down the rest of the men's action from the weekend. Suffice to say, no one put on a display like the Orange did but perhaps no one else played as soft an opponent.

For the women, it was an equally easy affair in their first-round match. They cruised to a 21-9 victory over Towson. Katie Rowan, no longer pleased with the idea of just setting school records, set NCAA Tournament single-game records with her eight assists and thirteen point total. The Orange will take on North Carolina in the quarterfinals. The Tar Heels were kind enough to upset Virginia, who had previously beaten the Orange.

Head Coach Gary Gait was ecstatic over the win:
"I think today went well."
Gary, try not to hurt yourself in the celebration.

As for the highlight of the weekend, it didn't come from SU. That honor belongs to Ohio State goalie
Stefan Schroder who, well, I'll just let you watch:



(Photo Credit: SUAthletics.com)