With senior attackman Stephen Keogh scoring four goals, including one between his legs with his back to the cage, the No. 4 Syracuse University men's lacrosse team defeated No. 1 Notre Dame 11-8 Saturday night before a crowd of 14,751. It was the fourth-largest crowd in Carrier Dome history.
In the process the Orange seniors earned the 58th victory since they arrived in the fall of 2008, surpassing the Class of '86 with the most victories by a senior class. They also became the first team to score double-digit goals this season on the Irish (10-1, 5-1 Big East), who entered the game allowing only 5.9 goals per game.
Syracuse (13-1, 5-0) also likely wrapped up the top seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament, although it will have to defeat St. John's at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Dome to make it official. The seedings will be announced a week from tonight.
Syracuse fell behind 2-0 early but rallied for four goals before the first quarter ended. Its midfielders picked on Notre Dame's short-stick defensive midfielders with some success, forcing the Irish close defense to slide and leaving Keogh open on the crease. Once the Orange had the lead it never trailed, expanding a 6-3 halftime lead to 11-5 midway through the fourth quarter before the Irish scored three late goals.
Keogh led the Orange, which earned at least a share of the Big East crowd, with four goals. Sophomore attackman JoJo Marasco had a goal and two assists and Jeremy Thompson and Tommy Palasek had two goals. Midfielder Steve Ianzito had two assists..
Senior middie Zach Brenneman led Notre Dame with three goals.
Syracuse goalie John Galloway, who extended his NCAA-record victory total to 57, was outstanding in cage the entire game and made 12 saves, several from in close on quality chances.