March 29, 2010

'Nova No Match for Syracuse at the Dome

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – No. 2 Syracuse (6-1, 2-0) extended its winning streak to four on Monday, March 29 with a 20-6 victory over No. 17 Villanova (5-3, 0-1) at the Carrier Dome in its second BIG EAST Conference game of the year. Thirteen different players scored goals for the Orange in the contest.
Syracuse scored five times in each quarter and its 20 goals were a season high.
Junior Jeremy Thompson and freshman JoJo Marasco led the way. Both players established career highs with five points apiece. Thompson tallied three goals to record the first hat trick of his career. He also notched two assists.
Marasco scored a goal and passed out a personal-best four assists. His one score was a head-turner as he flipped it in behind his back with 9:44 to play in the game.
Junior Stephen Keogh added four points (3g, 1a) and senior Cody Jamieson finished with three points (2g, 1a). So did senior Chris Daniello who totaled a goal and two assists.
Junior Jovan Miller and classmate Alex Giocondi were SU’s other multi-goal scorers. Both players scored twice. It was the second straight two-goal game for Miller, equaling his personal-best. Giocondi’s two scores were also a career high.
The Orange dominated the statistics, holding the advantage in shots (47-21) and ground balls (44-21). It also won 19 of the game’s 29 faceoffs. Syracuse outshot the Wildcats, 22-12, in the opening half and used a 7-1 first-half run to gain control of the contest.
Villanova opened the game’s scoring, but three consecutive Orange goals in the span of 3:09 midway through the first quarter put the hosts in front, 3-2. A goal by Villanova’s Jack Rice stopped the run, but Keogh and Miller found cage 28 seconds apart near the end of the quarter to give the Orange a 5-2 advantage heading into the second stanza.
The Orange extended its lead to 7-2 with 8:55 to go in the opening half on unassisted goals by junior junior Josh Amidon and Daniello.
Syracuse owned a 10-4 advantage at the intermission.
Comfortably ahead, the Orange never let the Wildcats breathe in the second half, outscoring the visitors, 5-1, in the third quarter and 10-2 for the half to cruise to the win.
Defensively, the Orange took away Villanova’s top two offensive threats. Senior close defenseman Matt Tierney held Rice, the Wildcats’ leading goal scorer, to just the one tally. Junior John Lade, who played at Villanova before transferring to Syracuse, matched up with Kevin Cunningham and shut out the Wildcats’ top overall point producer. 
To compound matters for Villanova, Syracuse’s dominance at the faceoff X and its inability to create turnovers (Syracuse was 21-for-21 on clears) made offensive possessions scarce.
Senior Gavin Jenkinson paced on the Orange, winning 8-of-11 faceoffs. Thompson chipped in, going 7-for-9 at the X.
Mark Scioscia led the Wildcats with two goals. No other Villanova player had more than one point. Brian Karalunas, a product of nearby Jamesville-DeWitt High School, recovered a team-best five ground balls for the Wildcats. He also caused a game-high five turnovers.
Syracuse steps back out of conference for its next game. The Orange will face non-league rival Albany on Saturday, April 3. Start time is 4 p.m. The matchup will be televised live in the Syracuse area on Time Warner Cable Sports.
Game Notes: Syracuse is 3-0 all-time against Villanova … The Orange’s average margin of victory in the series is 13.3 goals per game … The Orange has won its last 12 in a row at the Carrier Dome, the third-longest active home winning streak in the nation … Keogh’s assist was his first of the season  … Junior Josh Knight saw his first game action of 2010 and went 4-for-8 on faceoffs  … Freshman Kyle Carey attempted the first faceoff of his career in the fourth quarter …  Junior Jeff Gilbert scored his first goal of the year in the second quarter … Redshirt freshman Ryan Barber notched the first points of his college career with a goal and an assist in the fourth quarter.

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