MLAX : Miller snaps out of mini-slide in win

first_img Published on March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm VILLANOVA, Pa. — Being held scoreless didn’t sit well with Jovan Miller. After he tallied six goals for Syracuse through the team’s first four games, not getting on the board for two of them wasn’t acceptable.He failed to register a goal against Albany or Johns Hopkins, even though the Orange combined for 23 total scores in those two games. And since then, he’s been trying everything to get back on track.‘The last few games, I’ve just been playing head games with myself,’ Miller said. ‘I’ve been getting prayer from my parents, going to church and just trying to get over it in all types of ways — change sticks.’Following Saturday’s 5-4 win over Villanova, it’s safe to say Miller is over it. On a night when the Orange offense looked frustrated and stymied by a feisty Wildcats defense, Miller came up big for his team. He played a hand in both of SU’s fourth-quarter goals, scoring one and assisting on JoJo Marasco’s game-winner.Though his goalless slump lasted only 11 days, Miller insisted he felt an overwhelming sense of relief after contributing to the offense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It felt great,’ he said. ‘It was pretty relieving, to be honest with you. … It was pretty relieving to finally get out there and produce and be in an impactful situation.’Miller’s unassisted goal with 10:24 left in regulation was a bit of a statement for his offensive unit. The Orange had been battered and bullied all game long by Villanova, but Miller outmuscled midfielder Andrew Henrich to give SU a 4-3 lead.Miller held the ball out on top of the Syracuse attack when he began his dodge. He went right, then juked back to his left, lifting his stick over Henrich’s head in the process. Henrich slashed at Miller from behind as he streaked toward the goal, but SU’s senior midfielder fought off the pressure and buried the shot.A few minutes later, Miller created space between himself and his defender with the game on the line and whipped a perfect pass to Marasco on the left side of the goal. The sophomore seemed to catch and shoot in one motion, beating the clock and the Wildcats.And afterward, he credited Miller for the setup.‘Jovan put an unbelievable pass in my stick, and I was able to throw it on net,’ Marasco said.Galloway ties all-time wins recordOn the night John Galloway engrained his name into the college lacrosse record book, the Syracuse goaltender played a game worthy of his honor.The senior came up with much-needed saves to keep his team in the game, finishing with 11 saves on Villanova’s 15 shots on goal.In the Orange’s win, Galloway tied the record for most career wins with 51. He sits at the top of the list with former Princeton goaltender Scott Bacigalupo, but it won’t be long before he holds sole possession of the record. That could come as soon as Syracuse’s next game Sunday against Duke.On this particular night, though, Galloway frustrated the Villanova scorers all night long. They struggled to find the back of the net, despite some members of the Wildcats’ offense getting as close to the net as they could.‘I thought their goalie played pretty good,’ Villanova attack Jack Rice said. ‘We had a lot of opportunities around the crease, and he was just coming up with some big saves.’Syracuse committed five penalties against the Wildcats, giving Villanova’s offense five chances to take the lead and keep it for good. But in four of those five situations, Galloway shut Villanova’s man-up unit down.With SU up 4-3, Villanova called a timeout with 2:30 left. The Wildcats fans were on their feet in anticipation of a final possession. But as he did all night, Galloway came up with another big save.Villanova’s Matt Bell and C.J. Small worked the ball back and forth, before the ball ended up in the hands of Nick Doherty. Doherty went toward the goal, beating SU defender Joe Moore and firing a shot high toward Galloway.Galloway popped the ball up into the air, Joel White scooped it, and SU went the other way.Galloway sits with a career record of 51-6 after Saturday’s win. Although Galloway’s 51st career win put his name into the record books, there wasn’t much debate about his career anyway. He won the 2010 Ensign C. Markland Award, given to the nation’s most outstanding goaltender, and could be in line to win it again this year.‘John’s been a great goalie ever since I’ve been at Syracuse,’ SU defender John Lade said. ‘He does it game in and game out.’[email protected]@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more