Syracuse will face No. 1 Notre Dame in Big City Classic

Syracuse will close out the regular season when it takes on top-ranked Notre Dame in the Big City Classic.

IN SYRACUSE’S LAST GAME: Syracuse held Georgetown scoreless for a 23:30 stretch as they held on for a 9-8 win over the Hoyas on Saturday. Goalie Dominic Lamolinara notched 10 saves after he didn’t save a single shot in the first quarter. Derek Maltz scored a pair of goals an added an assist to lead the way.

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IN NOTRE DAME’S LAST GAME: Notre Dame scored seven goals in the fourth quarter to defeat No. 19 Villanova on Saturday. Eight different players scored for the Irish, as it moved into a three-way tie atop the Big East standings with the Wildcats and Syracuse. Junior attackman John Scioscia was the high man with four goals and an assist.

SCOUTING THE IRISH: Scioscia was named Big East Offensive Player of the Week with his performance against Villanova. He has scored 12 goals in his last four games, and has 14 goals and two assists this season. He’s one of four Irish players to receive a Big East honor, including Jim Marlatt and Matt Kavanagh on offense, and goalie John Kemp on defense.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Syracuse and Notre Dame will meet for the seventh time. Syracuse leads the series 5-1, with their only loss to the Irish coming last season in a 8-6 loss at Arlotta Stadium. Notre Dame held SU scoreless in the first half as Ryan Foley paced Notre Dame with two goals and an assist.

GAME INFORMATION: The Konica Minolta Big City Classic will be on Saturday, April 27 at 6:30 p.m. at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. TV: ESPNU.

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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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