Keogh scores game winner in OT as Orange defeat Hoyas

A quick take on Syracuse’s 9-8 overtime win over Georgetown on Saturday:

How the game was won: Stephen Keogh scored a sudden death overtime goal with 2:19 left in the game as Syracuse narrowly avoided an upset to the Hoyas. For Keogh, it was nothing new. He’s scored 13 of Syracuse’s 32 goals against Georgetown the past three times these teams have met.

Unlikely hero: Georgetown’s Gerry Reilly was originally recruited to play football and joined the team as a walk-on two years ago. But Reilly certainly looked like a tailback racing down the field after he collected a Jovan Miller turnover at midfield and still had enough time to slip the ball past SU goalie John Galloway with five seconds left, sending the game to an extra session. Georgetown’s Davey Emala scored five goals while Keogh led SU with four.

Zoning in: Georgetown is normally known for an uptempo offense (and defense), evidenced by a 16-15 shootout loss to Harvard on Tuesday. But the Hoyas completely changed their plan of attack against Syracuse, switching to a zone defense and a more methodical offense (to the point where the offense was repeatedly warned for stalling). It worked, as Syracuse committed 16 turnovers and was out-shot 31-29.

Quote to Note: “My hat’s off to the coaching staff for getting them to play differently than we’ve seen them play. I thought they had a good game plan. They were a very well prepared team today.” – SU head coach John Desko during his post game press conference.

What’s next: Syracuse next plays Albany at the Carrier Dome on Tuesday.

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Wes has worked for Rivals.com covering the New York Knicks, as well as for Scout.com covering Syracuse athletics. Wes has also worked for the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong) and reported on the NBA and MLB for the New York Sportscene. A native of Long Island, New York, Wes graduated from Syracuse University in 2005. Follow him on Twitter @ChengWes.
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