Top: Chris Daniello scored the first goal of Syracuse’s 17-7 win over Duke in today’s national semifinal victory. Above: Another former John Jay all-American, Kevin Drew, played a key role at d-middie for the Orange. (Photos by SU Athletic Communications)
Hey gang, just a few moments ago, Syracuse advanced to its 16th NCAA championship game.
I just talked to SU teammates and former John Jay all-Americans Chris Daniello and Kevin Drew.
SU junior attackman Chris Daniello:
On the lopsided score: “I thought it was going to bea back-and-forth game but we executed on offense.”
On scoring the first goal of the game: “I think it was good. We knew we had to put them on their heels and let them know who theyre playing. It was awesome, especially with my family here and couple of friends.”
On the Orange’s ritual of following the same routine during final four weekend: It’s the coaches decision and it’s what they like to do. But it’s good for us too. We know what routine is and it’s a comfortable feeling. We eat at the same restaurant (The Chart House) too. We’re basically doing everything we did here last year for the most part.”
SU freshman midfielder Kevin Drew:
On the experience of playing in his first final four game: “It feels great. Everyone is telling me to get my head into the next game and not get too excited though.”
On being surprised at how one-sided the game was: “All week, Coach (John Desko) has been telling us its going to be hard week and a game. So to come out and beat them by so much is surprising. No one would have thought it would be like that. Our goaltender (John Galloway) was awesome.”
On Daniello scoring the first goal of the game: “I think Chris scoring the first goal pumped us all up and gave us some confidence early in game. From then on, we kept rolling with it.”
On what areas of his game he still needs improve on: “I still need to work on my stick skills and play a little more offense. Also, knowing the game, knowing the packages, knowing the slides. Just getting better and better.”
How many former John Jay people have you seen so far in Foxborough?: “I saw Daniellos family. My familys here. There are some friends from John Jay. I saw (former John Jay teammate and UVa freshman attackman) Chris (Bocklet) at a banquet they had for all the teams. I talked to him. That was nice.”
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