March 15, 2011
JoJo Marasco rocked Syracuse's No. 22 jersey like he owned it. Marasco and Stephen Keogh notch two goals and two assists each as No. 2 Syracuse opened its 2011 season with a 13-7 victory over No. 13 Denver at the Carrier Dome. © Greg Wall
JoJo Marasco rocked Syracuse's No. 22 jersey like he owned it. Marasco and Stephen Keogh notch two goals and two assists each as No. 2 Syracuse opened its 2011 season with a 13-7 victory over No. 13 Denver at the Carrier Dome. © Greg Wall

No. 1 Syracuse Off to Best Start Since 2000 After Beating Albany 18-13

from press release

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 1-ranked Orange displayed its offensive depth against Albany Tuesday. Syracuse received points from 13 players and boasted 11 different goal scorers on its way to an 18-13 victory over the 14th-ranked Great Danes (3-2) at the Carrier Dome. The 18 goals marked a season high for Syracuse (5-0), which rebounded after only scoring nine goals in an overtime victory against Georgetown at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.

The points came from all over the field, but it was junior Tommy Palasek (Rocky Point, N.Y.) that had a breakout performance. Palasek, who entered the game with two assists for the year, scored a personal-best five points, including a career-high four goals.

"It obviously feels good to get the first goal (of the season),” Palasek said. “I think confidence comes from practice and I've been finding the back of the net and feeding the ball well there, so it's good to have it transition into a game.”

Redshirt junior Tim Desko (Syracuse, N.Y.) and senior Jeremy Thompson (Nedrow, N.Y.) continued their stellar offensive play Tuesday. Desko matched his career-high with five points (4g, 1a) and Thompson chipped in four points on two goals and two assists. Thompson also tied his career-best with 11 faceoff wins. It was a bittersweet performance for Thompson, who went up against his younger brother, Miles, and cousin, Ty, two starting attackmen for the Great Danes.

In addition to the SU’s usual stars, senior defenseman Thomas Guadagnolo (Jordan, N.Y.) and senior defensive midfielder Tim Harder (Garden City, N.Y.) got into the act, tallying the first goals of their careers in the opening half. Rookie Scott Loy (Toledo, Ohio) netted his first college goal in the fourth quarter, and long-stick midfielder Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) added one goal and one assist to tie his personal best with two points.

"I was really happy with the contributions today,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We had a lot of guys score. At halftime I think Tim (Desko) had two and a lot of other guys had one. It's good to get the experience for everyone.”

Syracuse wasted no time jumping on top of the Great Danes. Jeremy Thompson won the game’s first faceoff and scored from 10 yards out off a quick pass from senior Josh Amidon (Lafayette, N.Y.) to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. The hosts scored three more goals in the opening period, two by Desko and one by White, to extend its lead to 4-1 heading into the second quarter.

Albany’s Ty Thompson trimmed the SU lead to 4-2 at the 12:06 mark of the second frame, but the Orange quickly pulled away. Senior Jeff Gilbert (Liverpool, N.Y.) converted an extra-man opportunity with 9:26 to go in the second quarter, and Palasek tallied his first goal in an Orange uniform to extend the advantage to 6-2 with 6:18 remaining in the half.

It was just the beginning. Overall, the Orange scored five of the quarter’s last six goals and led 9-3 at halftime.

After another Jeremy Thompson goal to start the third quarter, Albany’s Matt Johnson scored twice to cut the SU lead to 10-5. That’s as close as the Great Danes got. Syracuse scored the next three goals to increase its margin to 13-5 and went on to the 18-13 victory.

The game wasn’t even as close as the final score indicated. Albany scored six goals in the fourth quarter after the game was already well in hand and Desko had emptied the bench.

Senior John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) played the first three quarters and registered three saves to earn his 49th win, moving into a tie for second with Air Force’s Ken Wessels on the NCAA career wins list. Sophomore Matthew Lerman (Villanova, Pa.) and freshman Ben Levy (Alexandria, Va.) relieved Galloway in the cage. Lerman totaled three saves and Levy had one.

Syracuse dominated the statistics, holding the advantage in shots (46-32) and ground balls (37-21) for the game. The Orange also converted 24-of-25 clearing opportunities and scored on two of its four man-up chances.

Ty Thompson paced the Great Danes with three goals. Joe Resetarits, Matt Johnson and Matt Mackenzie each had two. Miles Thompson contributed one goal and one assist.

The Orange returns to action on Saturday, March 19 when it hosts Johns Hopkins at 6 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. It’s a matchup of the two winningest programs in the history of college lacrosse. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU.

Game Notes: At 5-0, Syracuse is off to its best start since 2000 … The Orange improved to 9-0 all-time against Albany and has won 14 consecutive games against America East Conference opponents … Junior Collin Donahue (Camillus, N.Y.) recorded his first points in an SU uniform with two assists against the Great Danes … Junior Kevin Drew (Katonah, N.Y.) collected a career-high five ground balls in the contest … Albany played the game without all three of its starting midfielders … Brian Caufield, Rocky Bonitatibus and Derek Kreuzer all missed the game with injuries they suffered in the Great Danes’ win over Ohio State on March 12.


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