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Orange Rally Falls Short At No. 2 Virginia

Posted Sunday, March 07, 2010 by Tim Byrnes
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – The top-ranked Orange (2-1) staged a late rally, but couldn’t overcome a 7-0 run by No. 2 Virginia (4-0) and lost to the Cavaliers, 11-10, on Sunday, March 7 in front of 7,501 fans at Klöckner Stadium.
 
The game was another classic, fast-paced Syracuse-Virginia matchup that featured momentum swings and high drama. In the end, the Cavaliers prevailed, but not without one last charge from Syracuse.
 
The Orange trailed 10-6 with 13:46 left in regulation after Rhamel Bratton scored his fourth goal of the day for Virginia. But when the Orange and Cavaliers get together no lead is safe and Syracuse proved it.

The Orange scored four of the game’s last five goals, including consecutive tallies by senior Chris Daniello and junior Jeremy Thompson five seconds apart, to make the score 11-10 Virginia with 5:21 to play.
 
With the game likely hinging on the next goal, Syracuse and Virginia played solid defense down the stretch. Both offenses held the ball for long stretches. The Cavaliers had possession late, but junior Thomas Guadagnolo forced a turnover to give Syracuse the ball back and head coach John Desko called timeout with 1:15 remaining.
 
On the restart, the Cavaliers held firm for the next minute. The Orange searched for cracks in the Virginia defense, but never got off a shot, and the Cavaliers eventually forced a turnover by junior Josh Amidon with 14 seconds left to secure the win.
 
The loss ended the nation’s longest winning streak. The Orange had won 11 in a row heading into Sunday’s showdown between college lacrosse’s two highest-ranked teams.
 
Daniello led the Orange with a personal-best five points, including a career-high three assists. He had a hand in Syracuse’s first four goals, scoring once and assisting on three more. Junior Stephen Keogh, Thompson and redshirt sophomore Tim Desko each had two goals Sunday.
 
Junior goalie John Galloway finished with a season-high 18 saves, one short of his career high.
 
The Orange needed the late rally because the Cavaliers held Syracuse’s high-powered attack without a goal for 28:23 during the second and third quarters. Virginia scored seven goals in that time to turn a 5-2 deficit into a 9-5 advantage. Bratton, Brian Carroll and Chris Bocklet each had two goals for the Cavaliers during the run.
 
It was an uncharacteristic scoring drought for the Orange, which looked to be in control of the game early after outstanding man-up efficiency and great goaltending by Galloway propelled the team to a 5-2 lead.
 
All five goals were extra-man tallies as Syracuse benefitted from five Virginia penalties in the opening half.
 
At the other end of the field, Galloway turned in eight first-quarter saves, including six in a row after Bratton opened the scoring with a goal on the game’s first shot.
 
Galloway’s play helped keep Virginia at bay until the team’s man-up unit could take over, which it did when Desko scored twice on passes from Daniello after Ryan Nizolek was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. Desko's back-to-back goals gave SU a 2-1 lead with 8:13 left in the first quarter.
 
Keogh added a third extra-man goal before an unassisted tally by Steele Stanwick with 4:44 to go in the first stopped the Orange surge. It was but a brief respite for the Cavaliers, who committed two more penalties that Syracuse took advantage of.
 
Daniello found the cage at the 2:58 mark of the first and Thompson scored 1:29 into the second period to give the Orange its largest lead of the game (5-2).
 
But then the Orange went dormant. Thompson’s goal was the last for Syracuse until junior Jovan Miller rifled a shot past Virginia goalie Adam Ghitelman with eight seconds to go in the third. By then the score was 9-6 Virginia and the Orange was never able to even the game.
 
Bratton’s four goals paced the Cavaliers, while Stanwick (2g, 1a) and Carroll (2g, 1a) each had three points. Stanwick’s second goal was the winner, coming in transition with 7:27 remaining in the contest.
 
Ghitelman totaled 10 saves to earn the win.
 
The Orange held a slim 13-12 advantage at the faceoff X. However, the Cavaliers won 10 of the 15 draws in the first half to limit Syracuse’s possessions and help key their 7-0 run.
 
In the second half, the Orange went 8-for-10 on faceoffs and won 5-of-7 in the fourth quarter to help spark its comeback. Thompson was the catalyst. He was 7-for-12 on draws and collected a career-best five ground balls.
 
Syracuse returns to action on Saturday, March 13. The Orange hosts Georgetown in its inaugural BIG EAST Conference game at 2 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The game will be televised live on ESPNU.
 
Game Notes: Virginia has won seven of the last eight meetings with Syracuse and Sunday’s contest was the fourth consecutive one-goal game between the two teams … Syracuse has lost five games since start of the 2008 season, three of which have been to Virginia … Desko’s two goals tied his career high for the second straight game … Thompson’s two goals were also a personal best … Keogh extended his point-scoring streak to 25 games with his two scores ... The Orange went 5-for-6 on man-up opportunities against Virginia … SU’s five extra-man goals were the most for the team since it scored six against Providence in the 2009 season opener.

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