SU's Galloway: "Things Are Going to Change"
Syracuse goaltender John Galloway won't make excuses for why the then-top-ranked and previously unbeaten Orange was upset 11-6 by No. 5 Cornell Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. In a phone interview before practice Thursday, he suggested the team's best effort wasn't there. Cornell led 5-1 after the first quarter and 7-2 at halftime.
"It had nothing to do with injuries," Galloway said as the Central New York wind gusted in the background. "It had to do with the way Cornell came out and played against us, and it had to do with the way that we came out and played. We feel very confident in the guys that were able to come in and play. That's no excuse for our team. Things are going to change around here. It starts today at practice, and it starts with this weekend against Providence."
"We knew we weren't there yet, but now we have a film to show it to us," Galloway said, and the Orange did have a series of close wins despite being undefeated. "[There are] a lot of mistakes that we can build on. We're going to make sure as seniors and captains of the team that it gets done."
Others may make excuses. Shutdown close defenseman John Lade, who has been bothered by a left ankle injury since the Duke game, was forced from the game Tuesday in the first quarter because he felt he didn't have the quickness needed to cover Tewaaraton frontrunner Rob Pannell.
Brian Megill replaced Lade and took over the role of covering Pannell, who had two goals and three assists in the first half. Then Megill left the game in the second half with a bump on his head, according to the Syracuse Post-Standard's Dave Rahme.
On offense, starting attackman Tim Desko didn't play at all Tuesday because of a right knee injury. Desko won't travel with the team Saturday to Providence for the 4 p.m. game, according to the Post-Standard.
Lade and McGill are day-to-day.