Redshirt junior Tim Desko scored a career-best five goals to lead top-ranked Syracuse (3-0) to a 12-10 victory over co-No. 1 Virginia (4-1) at the Carrier Dome on Friday, March 4. Desko scored three of Syracuse’s five second-half goals to propel the Orange to its first regular-season win against the Cavaliers since 2004.
A crowd of 14,340 was on hand to witness the triumph, the largest crowd in college lacrosse this season and the fourth-largest gathering to see a regular-season game in the Dome.
“I like playing in front of big crowds and it was a big game today,” Desko said. “I take whatever I can get (from the defense) and it worked out well today. We did a great job overall as a team.”
While Desko was filling it up on the offensive end, the Orange defense locked down the Cavaliers in the second half. Virginia came into the game averaging more than 16 goals per contest. Syracuse held them to 10 for the game and only two in the final two quarters.
Senior goalie John Galloway was the defensive anchor. He registered nine saves in the contest to pick up his 47th career win, tying Jay Pfeifer’s school record, and matching Pfeifer for the third-most victories by a Division I goaltender in NCAA history.