After their loss to Virginia, the SU lacrosse team needed a little pick-me-up. Who better to defeat in order to lift one's sprits than Georgetown? The Orange did just that on Saturday with an 8-5 win over the Hoyas.
The win was in no small part thanks to goalie John Galloway who recovered from a rough Virginia game to rack up 19 saves. Even more impressive when you realize Georgetown controlled much of the tempo all day, out-shooting the Orange 45-36 and out-groundballing (is that a word?) them 37-27. Praise for Galloway came from all angles:
"He played out of his mind," senior close defender Sid Smith said.
"Awesome," agreed Hoyas midfielder Andrew Brancaccio.
"He was the difference," SU head coach John Desko said.
He had a good day, this is what I'm saying.
Not-so-great news for the Oange is that face-off specialist Jake Moulton will miss the rest of the season with a hand injury:
Desko was very vague in the post-game interview session about Moulton, saying only that he injured the hand during practice the week before the Georgetown game.
If there's any area the Orange need help, it's face-offs. Not good.
It was an extremely important win for Syracuse University as it meant that Georgetown University will now be dismantled for losing too many times. HoyaSuxa has the photographic proof.
With the win, the Orange secure their spot at the #2 team in the nation for the second straight week. In the USILA Poll, they're just ahead of Princeton while in the Nike/Inside Lacrosse Poll they've got a little more space between them. Future Big East squads Notre Dame (#5/#4), Georgetown (#11/#12), St. John's (#15/#17) and Villanova (#20/NR) are also ranked, proving that basketball isn't the only sport the conference is dominating (well, pre-dominating).