Orange ride fourth quarter surge to win

Syracuse (10-1, 3-0 Big East) routed Providence (3-8, 0-3) in the New England Lacrosse Classic on Saturday at Gillette Stadium 13-3. Here’s a quick look at the game:

HOW THE GAME WAS WON: The game was much closer than the final score would suggest. For the first three quarters, the Friars hung tough with the Orange, trailing just 5-3. Providence actually took the lead three separate times in the first quarter, as Sean Wright, Evan Helda and Steven Lydon all scored. The Orange responded each time, and took the lead for good after Stephen Keogh scored with 4:48 left in the first half to give SU a 5-4 lead. Jeremy Thompson would add a third quarter goal before the flood gates opened in the fourth quarter, as Syracuse scored eight goals in the final period. SU scored the final 11 goals of the game and held Providence scoreless for the last 50:07.

WHAT IT MEANS: Syracuse didn’t spend too much time in the loss column after losing its first game of the season to Cornell. Even though it took the Orange three quarters to get going, the final score continues a trend of blowouts in the short history between these two teams. Syracuse is now 3-0 against the Friars, and has outscored them 49-11 in those games.

STAR GAZING: After being shut out of the scoring column for the first time in 14 games, Keogh returned to his offensive ways, finishing with three goals and two assists. Bobby Eilers, who had scored only one goal in his college career, also added a hat trick. On defense, John Galloway was solid in goal again, notching six saves. But Galloway’s game will be remembered most for his offense, as his registered the first point of his career with an assist to Joel White during a fourth quarter goal.

WHAT’S NEXT: The Orange will play Hobart on Tuesday at the Carrier Dome.

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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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