SU Hoops gets all the glory. They get the fame, the fortune, the whirlpool baths. But when you need a job done and you need it done right, you call in SU Lacrosse. A job like, say, reminding Georgetown University who the f*** is in charge around here.
In their first-ever Big East lacrosse game, the No. 2 Syracuse Orange overcame their own third period issues to beat the No. 11 Hoyas 15-12.
For three games he was a missing link in the Syracuse University lacrosse team’s offense. Saturday, he was again a key ingredient. The timing was perfect for junior midfielder Josh Amidon.
Amidon, a Tewaaraton Trophy candidate, scored a career-high four goals and five points to spark the No. 2 Orange to a hard-fought 15-12 victory over stubborn No. 11 Georgetown before a season-high crowd of 6,108 in the Carrier Dome. His goals, each on the left-handed laser opposing goalies have dreaded for the last two-plus seasons, came in a 28-minute stretch that began late in the second quarter and extended to midway through the fourth.
Attackman Stephen Keogh matched his career high with five goals in the game and now has 12 on the season. But it was the defense that put in the tough work, especially in the 2nd half when Georgetown stormed back from a four-goal deficit. Goalie John Galloway survived and claimed 13 saved to secure the victory.
Keogh and senior defender Matt Tierney were named Big East offensive player of the week and defensive player of the week, respectively.
For their troubles the Orange maintained their No. 2 ranking in the Coaches Poll. The Orange did drop to No. 3 in the Media, behind 6-0 North Carolina. The Tar Heels will be tested Tuesday when they take on fellow undefeated No. 5 Princeton. Quint Kessenich has the Orange at No. 2 in his power rankings, a minor miracle.
The Orange now prepare for the annual hatefest that is their showdown with Johns Hopkins. The Jays are 4-2, having lost to mighty Princeton and Hofstra. Obviously, Hopkins sits directly behind both of them at No. 7 in the polls. SU would love nothing more than to drop them out of the top ten. Of course, losing to the Orange would probably only drop them to No. 8, so, maybe the week after.