If you're just going by the first half of Sunday's 13-11 win over Duke, you'd think the Orange are the most unstoppable force in all of college lacrosse.
Nine goals. Eight of them assisted. All nine scored by different players.
Meanwhile, John Galloway was a veritable brick wall, stopping seven shots and allowing only two goals.
Syracuse 9 - Duke 2.
Though, if you're just going by the second half of Sunday's Syracuse-Duke game, you'd think the Orange are in as much deep sh** as any 8-0 team in the history of the sport.
To be fair, the Orange still looked solid in the third quarter, ending it with a 13-6 lead. However, the wheels came off in the fourth quarter as Duke scored five goals and, had the game been a minute or so longer, might have pulled even.
Hurting matters for the Orange was the injury to defenseman John Lade. It's no coincidence Duke began to roll as Lade was on the sidelines with his ankle iced and taped up. Fingers are crossed for the star player, a critical component if the Orange want to keep up these winning ways.
Speaking of winning ways, the Orange are now 8-0 and off to its best start since the 1990 undefeated national championship season. That was a pretty good year.
John Galloway was the champion of the day, securing 16 saves in the victory. That's a season-high. It also confirms Galloway's place in history.
Galloway eclipsed Scott Bacigalupo’s previous record of 51 career wins for Princeton from 1991-94. He finished with a season-best 16 saves against the Blue Devils to earn Konica Minolta Player of the Game honors. Galloway’s overall record stands at 52-6 in 58 career starts.
The Orange now prepare for a road game against lowly Princeton (2-5). Sounds weird that a game against the Tigers could be considered one of the easier ones of the season. Of course, the way Syracuse has been playing all season, they'll find a way to make it interesting. But also the way Syracuse has been playing all season, they'll find a way to win.
Syracuse vs. Duke In-game Blog...Inside Lacrosse
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Duke lacrosse rally falls short against Syracuse...News & Observer
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