Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Road to Foxborough: Syracuse/Notre Dame Lacrosse Live Blog

Lots of problems with the live blog. Internet issues and all sorts of stuff. My apologies to anyone who was following along. In the end Syracuse survived a great third quarter from Notre Dame, which saw the Irish rally for a 7-6 lead. At one point, it looked like the Orange would fold. But give John Desko's team credit. They never folded and they made some key plays down the stretch to advance to Foxboro for the Final Four with an 11-9 win. It's the Orange's 25th trip to the Lax Final Four.

3:26 PM: Thy are underway at Colgate and Matt Abbott has given the Orange a 1-0 lead about 5 minutes into the contest. The Syracuse offense has been patient early and Joey Kemp, the outstanding Irish keeper has had a few good saves. Not sure, but the one may have hit the post. Notre Dame has earned possession.

3:28PM: Notre Dame has tied the score at 1. Ryan Hoff scores his 41st goal to even the game. Syracuse has won the faceoff and controls.

3:30PM: Jovan Miller the former CBA football/lacrosse standout has fired and missed for the Orange. SU still controls. 7 minutes left in the first quarter. Penalty upcoming on ND. And now ND has gained possession, so they will be penalized for the slash.

3:43PM: A few technical difficulties. Maybe those posts will eventually show up. The Orange now leads it 2-1 on a Hardy goal. Kemp has been super in goal for Notre Dame. He has seven saves already. About 1 1/2 minutes left in the opening quarter.

3:45PM: Syracuse on the extra-man, Stephen Keogh the freshman has made it 3-1. Syracuse won its fifth straight face off as well. Quarter one is winding down.

3:47PM: The first quarter has come to an end, one that SU dominated. A great quarter of possession for the Orange. They won the faceoffs and made things a bit easier for the SU defense. Joey Kemp has been super in goal for Notre Dame, otherwise this wouldn't be close. 17 shots for Syracuse in the first quarter.

3:49PM: Guess what? Syracuse won the faceoff to start the second quarter. But Kent has once again been equal to the task.

3:55PM: A slow second quarter as no one has scored nearly seven minutes in. Joey Kent continues to make some fine saves and the Orange has been in control for the most part. Notre Dame has called timeout with 6:36 left in the quarter.

4:01PM: Steven Brooks has finally found the net for the Orange. They solved Joey Kent with the 28th shot they've taken. It is a 4-1 lead for Syracuse.

4:03PM: Freshman goalie John Galloway has made a key save for the Oragne, and possession has come back to Syracuse. The Orange throwing a few different looks at ND and Dan Hardy has made it 5-1 with a quick goal off the out of bounds.

4:05PM: A huge hit for Jovan Miller after the faceoff, but it's going to cost the Orange a penalty and Notre Dame has a one-minute man up.

4:14PM: It's 6-2 in favor of the Orange now with 2 minutes left in the half. Syracuse really controlling things, and pushed the lead back to 4, after the Irish cut it to 5-2.

4:17PM: Notre Dame wins the faceoff to begin the second half and they capitalize with a goal to close to within 6-3. Michael Podgajny with the goal.

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