Both Syracuse and St. John’s entered the game in Kennesaw, GA with a 2-2 record, but Cuse got above .500 with the 14-8 win in front of more than 5,500 fans, many of them local. Clearly the chance to see top quality D1 lacrosse was enough to draw out the growing Georgia lacrosse community.
Photo Credit: Joseph Fitzgerald
The game score wasn’t as competitive as some of the undecided fans may have hoped, but they got to see a deal of scoring early on, as Syracuse went up big, 8-3, by the end of the first quarter. The teams combined for 23 shots (Cuse had 13) and the action was exciting with plenty of opportunities. St. John’s hard a hard time getting their offense going in the second quarter though, and entered halftime down 11-3.
The third quarter saw its fair share of action, but only two goals were scored (one by each team) and both defenses stiffened. In the 4th, St. John’s showed some life, doubling their 4 goal total at the time, and scoring the last three goals of the game. It wasn’t enough though, and Syracuse walked away with a comfortable 14-8 win.
Kieran McArdle led St. John’s and scored a point in every quarter where SJU scored. He finished with 3 goals and 2 assists, but the Cuse defense was relentless, and took some risks, causing 8 turnovers from McArdle alone. It was an impressive team effort. Colin Keegan and Kevin Cernuto each added two goals to give SJU 7 goals out of 8 from their attack. Mario Keegan won 13-25 face offs.
Kevin Rice had 8 points on 4 goals and 4 assists, Derek Maltz had 4 goals and a helper for 5 points, Dylan Donahue dropped a hat trick, and Nicky Galasso added 2 goals. Randy Staats did not play in the game as far as we can tell. The Cuse D was impressive, and this is what it looked like to dodge against them:
I wouldn’t want to dodge into that. McArdle is a better man than I. But you knew that.
Syracuse plays next at Johns Hopkins on March 15th. St. John’s hosts Georgetown on the same day.