Top-ranked Syracuse escapes with 9-8 win in OT over Georgetown

March 12, 2011|By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun

After tying a career high with five goals, the only thing Davey Emala could do was watch.

The Georgetown sophomore attackman was powerless to prevent top-ranked Syracuse from winning the opening faceoff of overtime and scoring with 2 minutes, 19 seconds left to escape with a 9-8 victory over the No. 15 Hoyas in the first game of the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium Saturday.

"It's a difficult position to be in," Emala, a Baltimore native and Gilman graduate, said of watching Orange senior attackman Stephen Keogh play hero. "You can't do much about it. That's just the way it is."

Keogh's fourth goal of the contest occurred as a pair of Georgetown defensive players shifted towards senior midfielder Jovan Miller, who had the ball at the left point. Miller quickly dished the ball to Keogh at the left wing, and Keogh bounced it past senior goalkeeper Jack Davis (nine saves) and inside the right goalpost.

"Coach [John Desko] has been talking about patience all year, and when we get in the huddle, that's all he talks about," Keogh said. "We were moving the ball quickly and they kind of split to Jovan, and I had the open shot. Luckily, it went in."

Syracuse (4-0) never trailed in the contest, but could not extend its lead over the Hoyas beyond two goals. After the Orange took an 8-6 lead on a goal by sophomore attackman JoJo Marasco with 8: 34 left in the fourth quarter, Emala cut the lead in half with 2:19 remaining.

Georgetown sent the game into overtime after Miller inexplicably dropped the ball in Syracuse's offensive end. Sophomore defenseman Chris Nourse sent an outlet pass to junior short-stick defensive midfielder Gerry Reilly, who carried the ball about 55 yards before depositing a shot over Orange senior goalie John Galloway's right shoulder and into the top left corner of the net with five seconds left in regulation.

Galloway, who finished with a game-high 13 saves, chastised himself for surrendering that goal, saying, "Whatever happened there, you've got to make that save."

For the first time this season, Syracuse lost in the ground ball department, scooping up just 27 compared to the Hoyas' 41. The Orange also achieved season lows in both goals and shots (29) because of Georgetown's zone defense, which was installed after the team's 16-15 loss to Harvard Tuesday.

"They switched it up," Desko said of the Hoyas. "I thought their coaches prepared them well. We saw some zone defense, some man-to-man defense. That really made us change our offense and think about what we were doing. Fortunately, we were patient at the end with our zone offense, and it paid off."

Notes: Syracuse has won the past five meetings in the series and owns a 16-4 overall advantage. … The Orange is off to a 4-0 start for the first time since 2002, but earned its first win in three Face-Off Classic appearances.

edward.lee@baltsun.com

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