Syracuse faces Villanova in Big East tournament

Syracuse will need to win to keep its season alive when it plays Villanova in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

IN SYRACUSE’S LAST GAME: Syracuse went scoreless in the first half and went into halftime down 4-0. The Orange ended up scoring six in the second half and pulled within a goal, but Notre Dame hung on for an 8-6 win, the Irish’s 10th in a row. JoJo Marasco finished with a pair of goals and an assist for the Orange. Notre Dame goalie John Kemp was brilliant in net again, finishing with 11 saves.

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IN VILLANOVA’S LAST GAME: Providence won its first ever Big East game by upsetting Villanova 15-11 . Sean Wright and Jake Nolan each had five points each for the Friars, who finished the season 2-12 (1-5 Big East). The Wildcats were outscored 9-5 in the second half.

SCOUTING THE WILDCATS: Senior attackman Kevin Cunningham leads Villanova in scoring on the season with 20 goals and 21 assists. The Wildcats are also solid on the X, with sophomore Thomas Croonquist winning 60.5 percent of his faceoffs. Meanwhile, goalie Dan Gutierrez leads a Villanova defense by giving up 10.09 goals a game.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Syracuse is 4-1 all time against the Wildcats, with the one loss being a 11-10 defeat at the Carrier Dome on March 25. It was SU’s first conference loss since the Big East started in 2010. Tommy Palasek led the Orange with a pair of goals and assists.

GAME INFORMATION: Thursday, May 3, Villanova, Pa., 7 p.m. TV: ESPN3. Follow us @TheJuiceOnline for live game updates.

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About Wes Cheng

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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