Previewing Syracuse’s matchup against Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament

With Syracuse playing Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament Semifinals on Thursday, we got SNY lacrosse analyst Eamon McAnaney’s take on both teams:

Syracuse (11-3): Once again the Orange took the field in front of a national television audience against a team with a big ranking and looked dominant, dispatching Notre Dame, 10-4, Saturday night at Met Life Stadium. The adjustment to be more attack oriented was the key as Dylan Donahue had three goals and an assist and Kevin Rice had a goal and three assists. –EM

Syracuse attackman Jojo Marasco runs upfield against St. John's

Marasco has led the Orange offense

Who to watch for: Brian Megill was a huge reason that SU limited the Fighting Irish to a season-low four goals. He was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week after the Irish were shut out of the scoring column for the final 19:58 of the game. On offense, JoJo Marasco’s 47 points (17g, 30a) has paced the Orange, while Dominic Lamolinara has posted a 8.97 goals-against average. –WC

» Related: Defense leads Syracuse to win over No. 1 Notre Dame

Notre Dame (10-3): The background noise about the Irish not being legitimate title contenders grew louder on Saturday night as Syracuse scored nine second-half goals in their 10-4 victory over the Notre Dame. The Orange found holes in the nationally acclaimed defense, but it was their offense that let the Golden Domers down with 17 turnovers and a 4-for-24 shooting performance. –EM

Who to watch for: Matt Kavanagh scored a pair of goals against SU and has 38 points on 25 goals and 13 assists on the season. Between the pipes, goalie John Kemp has a 7.93 goals-against average a .528 save percentage. –WC

Game Information: Thursday, May 2, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in Villanova, Pa. TV: ESPN3.

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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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