Orange try to stay perfect against Villanova

A quick look at No. 1 Syracuse’s upcoming matchup with No. 7 Villanova on Saturday:

Strong start: The Orange is off to its best start in more than a decade at 6-0. The last time that happened was in 2000, when the Orange went 7-0, and that team went on to win the national championship. SU is fresh off a 5-4 double-overtime thriller against Johns Hopkins on Saturday. Stephen Keogh had three of Syracuse’s five goals, including the game winner 15 seconds into the second extra frame.

Streaking Wildcats: Villanova has won its last six games to climb to No. 7 in the USILA Coaches Poll, its highest ranking in school history. Most recently, Villanova defeated Manhattan, 10-6, as junior attackman Kevin Cunningham scored five points. The Orange will have to contend with Cunningham, who leads the Wildcats with 33 points this season.

Galloway closing in: If the Orange win, goalie John Galloway would record his 51st career win, which would tie the all time NCAA record set by Princeton’s Scott Bacigalupo.

Lade returns: Senior defenseman John Lade returns to Villanova where he started his career. Lade attended Villanova in 2008 where he was named to the All-CAA First Team. He then transferred to Syracuse in 2009.

Historically speaking: The Orange is 3-0 against Villanova, including a 20-6 win on March 29, 2010 in Syracuse. Jeremy Thompson had three goals as 13 different SU players scored goals.

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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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