Syracuse survives late Duke rally

A quick look at No. 1 Syracuse’s 13-11 win over Duke in the Konica Minolta Big City Classic:

How the game was won: It looked like a route early on, as Syracuse (8-0) completely dominated the first half. The Orange headed into halftime with a 9-2 lead, with goals from nine different players. But things changed quickly in the fourth quarter, as Duke (8-3) scored five unanswered goals, including two by Zach Howell to pull to within 13-11 with 36 seconds left. But John Galloway’s four saves in the final quarter were enough for SU to hang on for the win. The Orange is now 8-0, which is the best start for the team since the 1990 season, when SU went 13-0.

Galloway’s record day: Galloway broke the record for career wins by a goalie to improve to 52-6 in his career. It broke the previous record of 51 held by Scott Bacigalupo who did it from 1991-94. Galloway did it the same way he’s done it throughout his entire career, notching 16 saves, a season best. He was also named Konica Minolta Player of the Game.

Offensive minded: The Orange’s offense finally got back on track with 13 goals. In its previous two games, SU scored a combined 10 goals in wins over Johns Hopkins and Villanova. In those games, it was a combination of playing to its opponent’s tempo, and also sloppy offense. That wasn’t the case on Sunday as Stephen Keogh’s three goals paced Syracuse.

Quote to note: “We played one of our best halves of the season from one end of the field to the other. I thought the offense was clicking and the defense was playing well, along with John making saves.” – SU coach John Desko during his post game press conference.

What’s next: The Orange will next travel to Princeton to take on the Tigers on Saturday.

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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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