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

Syracuse attackman Jojo Marasco runs upfield against St. John's
Syracuse used a big rally to defeat St. John's

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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