Game Time- Sunday May 11 7:30pm EST in the Carrier Dome at Syracuse University
Syracuse is the #3 seed after being either the number one or two ranked team in the country for most of the 2008 season. A loss to Colgate in the final game of the season cost them to drop to the third seed. The only other Orange loss was to Virginia in OT at the Face-Off Classic, they had a record of 12-2. Wins over other tournament teams include: Loyola, Hopkins and Cornell.
Canisius entered the tournament by being the AQ and champions of the MAAC conference. While Providence and Siena have become decent teams the past few years, the MAAC is still a weak conference that includes DI basement teams Wagner and VMI. The Griffs only big wins were in the MAAC conference tournament. They lost to the only NCAA tournament team they played in 2008, Cornell.
Trudie Picks-The final game of the first round will certainly not be the most exciting. Syracuse won’t have to worry about an up and coming program like they should have against Colgate. The Orange will have to wait until round two for some real competition when they could play Notre Dame or a rematch of Colgate at Cornell. Syracuse will win by a lot.