Mike Creighton and the Notre Dame defense held Syracuse scoreless for a stretch of 24:48, which began late in the first quarter.

Irish Fall To No. 2 Syracuse, 12-6, In Front Of 4,063 Fans At Arlotta Stadium

May 1, 2010

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NOTRE DAME, Ind. – A four-goal effort from Stephen Keogh propelled No. 2 Syracuse to a 12-6 win over 12th-ranked Notre Dame in BIG EAST men’s lacrosse action on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd of 4,063 fans at Arlotta Stadium. The Fighting Irish conclude the regular season with a 7-6 overall record, including a 2-4 mark in BIG EAST play.

Selections for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be revealed on Sunday, May 9.

Notre Dame used six different goal scorers in the contest. Sophomore attackman Nicholas Beattie (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) had a team-high three points on one goal and two assists. The crowd was the largest ever to witness a Notre Dame men’s lacrosse game at home.

Syracuse (12-1, 5-0) led 5-0 after the first quarter. The Orange opened the game’s scoring on a Joel White goal with 9:05 left in the first period. Goals from Pete Coleman and Keogh 29 seconds apart put Syracuse up 3-0 with just over seven minutes left in the opening quarter. Following White’s second goal, Keogh netted his second tally with 3:28 left in the quarter.

Notre Dame (7-6, 2-4) put a halt to the Orange surge by scoring four straight goals, including the game’s only two tallies of the second quarter. A man-up goal from senior attackman Colin Igoe (Columbus, Ohio/Worthington Kilbourne) put the Fighting Irish on the board with 10:49 left in the second quarter. Beattie sliced the Orange lead to three with 6:18 left in the first half. Syracuse led 5-2 at the intermission.

Sophomore attackman Sean Rogers (New Hyde Park, N.Y./Holy Trinity) continued Notre Dame’s uprising on a goal with just under three minutes elapsed in the second half. A man-up score from junior midfielder Zach Brenneman (East Hampton, N.Y./East Hampton) put the Irish to within one (5-4) with 9:45 remaining in the third quarter.

The Orange responded with tallies from Josh Amidon and Jeremy Thompson to claim a 7-4 lead midway through the third period. Prior to the Amidon goal, the Notre Dame defense held Syracuse scoreless for a stretch of 24:48

The Fighting Irish would not quit as goals from seniors Grant Krebs (Annapolis, Md./St. Mary’s) and Neal Hicks (Atlanta, Ga./Lovett School) put Notre Dame back to within one score (7-6) with just over three minutes left in the quarter.

Syracuse scored the game’s final five goals, including three man-up tallies. Cody Jamieson gave the Orange a two-goal lead (8-6) after three quarters of play. Two goals from Keogh and additional tallies from Amidon and Tim Desko in the final quarter produced the final outcome.

Orange goalie John Galloway made eight saves, while Notre Dame senior Scott Rodgers (Wantagh, N.Y./MacArthur) had nine stops. The Irish out shot the Orange 32-30.

The bracket for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men’s Lacrosse Championship will be revealed on Sunday, May 9. The live `Selection Show’ can be seen on ESPNU at 8:30 p.m. (ET) and a complete 16-team bracket and schedule can be found on www.ncaa.com. The show also will air on ESPNEWS beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m. (ET). The first round of the NCAA Championship will take place May 15 & 16 at campus sites.

May 1, 2010 – Arlotta Stadium – Notre Dame, Ind.
#2 Syracuse (12-1, 5-0) – 5 0 3 4 – 12
#12 Notre Dame (7-6, 2-4) – 0 2 4 0 – 6

Syracuse Scoring (goals-assists):
Stephen Keogh 4-0, Josh Amidon 2-1, Joel White 2-0, Cody Jamieson 1-1, Jeremy Thompson 1-1, Tim Desko 1-0, Pete Coleman 1-0, Chris Daniello 0-3, Max Bartig 0-2, Jovan Miller 0-1; Goalie: John Galloway (W, 60:00, 8 saves, 6 GA)

Notre Dame Scoring (goals-assists):
Nicholas Beattie 1-2, Zach Brenneman 1-1, Neal Hicks 1-0, Sean Rogers 1-0, Grant Krebs 1-0, Colin Igoe 1-0, Max Pfeifer 0-1; Goalie: Scott Rodgers (L, 60:00, 9 saves, 12 GA)