Performance of senior class exemplifies last four years in groups final home game

first_img‘There was definitely that time when I didn’t expect to be out here,’ Jamieson said. ‘I just kind of took it all in and had fun with it.’ And to Bartig, the day also displayed his transformation of sorts. Last year, he recorded just one point in 10 games of action. In his senior season, he has materialized as a mainstay in the SU midfield and one of the biggest reasons the unit recovered from losing the bulk of last season’s starters. Syracuse extended its home winning streak to 14 games, the second-longest active streak in the country. … Providence took only 15 shots Saturday, the least by an SU opponent since the Friars took just 12 in SU’s first game last season. … Providence won the faceoff battle, taking 14-of-23 tries at the X. It was just the fourth time this year the Orange didn’t control the faceoff X. … The big head cutouts of Syracuse players made their way back to the Carrier Dome Saturday. A giant Cody Jamieson head was held up by fans in the stands. ‘It felt great to have my family and all of my classmates around for it,’ Daniello said. ‘It felt great.’ And Saturday’s 14-5 victory over Providence was no different. Though other seniors got additional playing time toward the end of the game, Bartig and fellow seniors Cody Jamieson and Chris Daniello carried the Orange to victory. The trio scored eight of SU’s 14 goals on the day on the strength of hat tricks from Jamieson and Daniello. ‘We work hard,’ Bartig said of his fellow seniors. ‘A lot of times, we don’t get the same recognition as the other guys. …You know, we’re just trying to make a name for ourselves, and I think this year we’re doing a good job of that.’ For Daniello, it was a continuation of his surprise emergence as the team’s go-to scoring threat.  Bartig and the other seniors on the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team were freshmen on the most forgettable season in SU’s recent proud history — a 5-8 finish in 2007. All year, they have continued to erase those memories through strong performances. Last season, Daniello was only fifth on the team with 24 points. This season, he’s already matched that in goals while leading the team with 44 points. Syracuse entered the game Saturday as the No. 1 team in the country. Providence had not won a game in 15 straight tries. SU came in averaging 12.6 goals per game. The Friars were at just over five, the worst scoring offense in the country. ‘I just want to make my team proud,’ Bartig said. ‘The last three years haven’t gone the way I expected or I would have liked, but this year it’s definitely changed up and I’m having a pretty good year.’ Commentscenter_img For each player, his contributions meant something unique. In Jamieson’s case, just last year he didn’t know if his dream of playing lacrosse for SU would come to fruition. On Saturday, he was one of the heroes for the Orange yet again.  ‘My hat’s off to the Providence team and their coaching staff,’ he said. ‘What we’ve seen on film is they score goals and they get excited and they’re not looking at the scoreboard. They played hard today, and they didn’t come in and quit. They haven’t had a win yet. (Their resiliency) is a great characteristic that they carry.’ This and that Credit to the Friars SU head coach John Desko said he was a little disappointed with the Orange’s performance in the first half but that overall, he was impressed with Providence’s effort and execution. For Max Bartig, Senior Day signified just how far his class had come. [email protected] The last time they played, SU won 22-3 to open up the 2009 season. Saturday’s game could have gotten ugly quickly, but some sloppy play and Providence’s game plan did not allow it to turn into a rout. Published on April 24, 2010 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img