The Syracuse Orange Men's Lacrosse team ended the regular season with a bang yesterday, as they batted a two-year old monkey called "Colgate" off their back in the final game at the Dome.
The game was Senior Day, the last regular season game for a number of great Orangemen. Emotions ran high as the game began, and the Orange took full advantage. They outshot the Raiders 15-3 in the first quarter, to take a 4-1 lead. Goals were scored by Sophomore Jovon Miller to open the scoring, and Sophomore Joel White off an intercepted Colgate pass.
The second quarter featured much slower play, with Colgate dominating the ball for long stretches, but the Raiders were unable to cut the Orange lead. They outshot Syracuse 13-3, but two of those three Orange shots found the net- one from Senior Dan Hardy in the final second of the half.
The third quarter looked much like the first in the beginning. Cody Jamieson, who saw his first major minutes of the year, scored his first goal on his third shot. The Junior had unleashed two lasers early in the game that, luckily for goalkeeper Tim Harrington of Colgate, both barely found the post. He looked impressive and showed a lot of hustle in his time on the field.
Towards the middle of the third quarter, and into the fourth, Colgate began a run that saw the Raiders cut the lead to 10-7 after four straight goals, but the Orange's high powered Offense closed the game strong to stretch the lead back to six.
Senior Dan Hardy and Redshirt Freshman Tim Desko led the Orange with two goals a piece, as Senior Kenny Nims led the team in points with five, including four assists.
Goalie John Galloway played decently, giving up a few savable goals but his game was better than some of the previous efforts we've seen out of him. This game was one of the most physical of the season to this point, mostly due to the efforts of Sid Smith and Jovon Miller, who were both demons on defense today. The Orange certainly look geared up going into the NCAA Tournament where they will try to defend their NCAA Championship.