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SU elminates Siena in NCAA opener

The Syracuse Orange men's lacrosse team ended the regular season on high note with a five game-winning-streak, posting a record of 12-2 and gaining the no. 2 overall seed for the 16-team NCAA Tournament.

SU defeated its last three regular-season opponents (Albany, Massachusetts, and Colgate) by the strength of its defense. John Galloway only allowed an average of 4.3 goals in those three wins.

It was a special Mother's Day at the Carrier Dome. First, there was the commencement ceremony in the morning, where Vice President Joe Biden gave motivational speech to all the graduating seniors.

Then, the SU women's team beat Boston University in the afternoon 20-10 in its opening-round NCAA game, advancing to face Maryland in this weekend's quarterfinals.

Finally, at night, the SU men had its turn, proceeding to eliminate the Siena Saints 11-3. A physical defense, combined with balanced scoring, was the main reason why the Orange beat Siena (10-6).

In addition, Syracuse overcame numerous penalties, holding Siena to go one-for-eight with a man advantage.

Junior Cody Jamieson contributed with his best performance of the season, leading all scorers with three goals and dishing out an assist.

"It felt good being out there," Jamieson said. "Working with these guys this week in practice, I just felt comfortable."

Kenny Nims entered into the game as the nation's leading-scorer with 4.21 goals per game. He scored once here, and delivered a playoff career-high four assists.

Stephen Keogh had a three-goal hat trick, as the prolific tandem of Jamieson and Keogh combined for nearly half Orange's total team offense.

Syracuse pitched a shutout in the first half leading 4-0 at the break. The Orange scored a pair of goals in each quarter.

However, SU's offense was not sharp at the onset of the game. They displayed poor accuracy missing on five shots fired over the cage. Siena goalie Brent Herbst, who had only surrendered 6.1 goals in his last four contests, continued to thwart the Orange's offense with four terrific saves, two of which were deflected, the others caught.

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