Syracuse to face Colgate in final tuneup before NCAA Tournament

Syracuse will close the 2014 regular season by hosting Colgate. Here is a look at the game:

IN SYRACUSE’S LAST GAME: Syracuse lost to Notre Dame in the ACC Championship 15-14. The game closely resembled SU’s win over Duke in the semifinals, with the Orange nearly eliminating a 15-10 deficit with 9:45 left. Syracuse scored five goals in the final period, including one that pulled the Orange to within one with 2:02 left. But SU’s two equalizers fell short when Billy Ward shot hit the post with 41 seconds left, and Kevin Rice’s shot was stopped by Notre Dame goalie Conor Kelly in the final seconds.

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Syracuse will play Colgate to close the regular season

IN COLGATE’S LAST GAME: The Red Raiders were eliminated in the Patriot League Semifinals by Loyola, 12-6. As has been the case all season, the Greyhounds went on multiple runs, stringing together a 3-0, 4-0, and 3-0 run at various points to take control of the game. Loyola has had 25 such runs this season. Colgate was led by junior attackman Ryan Walsh, who scored three goals and hit the 30 goal plateau for the third straight season.

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SCOUTING THE RED RAIDERS: Colgate faceoff specialist Alex Kinnealey will present another challenge for Chris Daddio. Kinnealey was named to the All-Patriot League All-Tournament Team after he won a combined 33 of 44 faceoffs. On the season, he ranks eighth in the NCAA with a .628 winning percentage and has also collected 7.13 ground balls per game. The aforementioned Walsh averages 2.0 goals per game, which is fifth in the Patriot League, and has 105 goals and 46 assists in his college career.

HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Syracuse leads the all-time series between the two teams, 43-11-1. The last time these two teams met was on May 2, 2009 with then-No. 1 Syracuse topping No. 19 Colgate 13-7. Tim Desko and Dan Hardy scored two goals apiece on Senior Day.

GAME INFORMATION: Saturday, May 3 at 4 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. TV: TWCS.

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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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