April 25, 2009

Despite Record Crowd, UMass No Match for 'Cuse

from press release

AMHERST, Mass. - Third-ranked Syracuse (11-2) shut out No. 16 Massachusetts (8-5) for 38:20 and outscored the Minutemen, 7-0, during that stretch on its way to a 10-3 victory on Saturday in front of 13,722 fans at McGuirk Alumni Stadium -- a UMass record. The victory was SU's first road win against the Minutemen since 2001.  

The UMass scoreless streak was longest for an SU opponent this season and Minutemen's three goals were tied for the fewest surrendered by the Orange in 2009.

Close defenders Sid Smith and John Lade led the defensive charge for the Orange, holding UMass leading scorers Jim Connolly and Tim Balise to a combined two goals. In addition, Smith established a career high with six ground balls. The Orange defense also killed off both of the Minutemen's man-up opportunities.

Offensively, the Orange featured seven different goal scorers Saturday. Sophomores Stephen Keogh and Josh Amidon were SU's only multiple goal scorers. Keogh tallied a game-high three goals and Amidon finished with two.

Despite UMass holding a 2-1 lead only 5:23 into the first quarter,  Syracuse took over from there, scoring nine of the final 10 goals. UMass goaltender Doc Schneider was sensational once again with 17 saves, 12 coming in the first half to keep the Minutemen within 4-2. UMass now looks ahead to a huge showdown next Saturday at Rutgers. A win would earn the team its first ECAC title since 2005 and conference's automatic bid into the NCAA tournament.

The crowd was also the 24th biggest for an NCAA regular season college lacrosse game and 18th largest in an on-campus facility. UMass' former record of 12,143 was set on May, 1989, also against Syracuse.

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