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March 3, 2:00 PM ET
Chat with Inside Lacrosse

Matt Kinnear
  (2:03 PM)

We're here with Stephen Keogh, whose Syracuse Orange have a big game against Virginia this Friday at the Carrier Dome.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:03 PM)

It's No. 1 and No. 2 in the country, so make sure to tune in to ESPNU, follow on InsideLacrosse.com, because it will be a great game.

Matt Kinnear
  (2:04 PM)

And just a short week later, Keogh and the Orange play Georgetown in the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Get tickets at faceoffclassic.com

Stephen Keogh
  (2:07 PM)

It feels awesome. Growing up playing box all my life, a minto cup has always been a dream of mine, and to get traded my last year of Jr A to a powerhouse like orangeville, it gave me a great opportunity and it was great to win the cup. Alot of people say it is one of the hardest trophies to win in lacrosse so that is a pretty cool feeling.

Stephen Keogh
  (2:07 PM)

With the NCAA championship in the same year, it topped it all off. I was never that big into field lacrosse until I attended prep school at Brewster Academy which opened up my eyes to the field game. Winning a National Championship with the teammates that I had, and doing that as a freshman, it was pretty unreal. I feel pretty lucky to have won both such great championships.

Mike Stevenson (Syracuse)

How does it feel to have won both a minto cup and NCAA championship in one year?

Bob Acton (Toronto)

Do you support the opinion that more US SCHOOLS, should recruit Canadian box players, who are more adept at going to the hole, due to physical style of the Canadian game?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:15 PM)

I definately think that more schools should start recruiting Canadian players. The way that the box game helps players develop their stick skills and the understanding of the game, I think it allows canadians to do well in the US field game.

Stephen Keogh
  (2:15 PM)

The physical style of the box games helps players take it to the whole because in box lacrosse, you are always going to take a hit when you try and get a shot off in such a smaller surface. With such a small surface, box players need to use different styles and ways to get a shot off. Also with Canadian kids, many grow up playing hockey, so the physical play that comes along with that also helps lacrosse players when taking the ball to the net. Since box lacrosse allows slashing, cross checking, and some fighting, it definitely toughens the players up and you need to be a strong and tough player in lacrosse.

CNY Spud (Syracuse NY)

How has Tommy Palasek been fitting in to the SU system ? He was great in the Denver game, but saw much less time against Army. Any thoughts?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:21 PM)

think Tommy Palasek has been fitting in nicely in the SU system. He is such a talented player and he knows the game very well. Tommy has probably one of the quickest steps on the team and he has great vision on the field. I thought he played very good against Denver although he didn't find the back of the net, but did hit a few crossbars.

Stephen Keogh
  (2:22 PM)

I think as the season goes on, you will start to see more of Tommy on the field. He is a great dodger and his quickness makes him a big threat on the field. I think as more games come, hes going to help us out on the field. Once he finds the back of the net, I think things are going to start flowing for him. The great thing about Tommy is that he has the pass first mentality, which reminds me of Kenny Nims when I played with him. I think the coaches are just trying to get a read on where Tommy fits in the games, either at midfield or attack. He is going to help us out in any way that he can, all he wants to do is win which is a great attitude.

Stephen Keogh
  (2:22 PM)

I think as the season goes on, you will start to see more of Tommy on the field. He is a great dodger and his quickness makes him a big threat on the field. I think as more games come, hes going to help us out on the field. Once he finds the back of the net, I think things are going to start flowing for him.

Stephen Keogh
  (2:22 PM)

I think as the season goes on, you will start to see more of Tommy on the field. He is a great dodger and his quickness makes him a big threat on the field. I think as more games come, hes going to help us out on the field. Once he finds the back of the net, I think things are going to start flowing for him.

Mike (Teeter)

NCAA Division I lacrosse can be pretty competitive. What does is take for you to adjust to not only your team each year but the teams you play?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:25 PM)

I think to prepare for each game, the coaches have alot to do with that. We want to take it one game at a time this year, and not over look any team that we play. We go over the other teams personel, as well as watch game tape of the opposing team to see their offensive and defensive sets. We also watch film of our previous games and look over what we can do to get better.

Stephen Keogh
  (2:25 PM)

We just work hard each week in practice to prepare for the next game. Division one is very competitive which I think makes it great. There is never one team who is above the rest, so each game you need to bring your "A" game and go out and play your best

TIM (BRENT)

What is your workout routine like over winter break? How do you prepare for the season?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:28 PM)

Over winter break, my workout routine is pretty simple. Our conditioning coach Hal usually gives us a work out package that I try to follow. Although it is hard for me to run outside up in Canada, I try and do whatever I can to stay in shape and get ready for the season. My friend Reid Acton who goes to Loyola who grew up down the street from me, was a person who I would try and do some conditioning with over winter break although he would always give up early on me

matt (albany)

who's your best friend on the team?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:31 PM)

My best friend on the team is a tough one. I live with 9 guys on the team so if I pick one of them I think the others will get jealous. I was going to pick Galloway but he has a labrodoodle so he kind of went down a few knots in my books. I am going to have to say Joey Giarusso, a walk on transfer from Siena is my best friend on the team. Hes a beauty

Eric (Dryden New York)

The Dome was crazy the last time Virginia came to Syracuse. What do you think Friday night will be like? do you expect a high scoring game Friday?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:36 PM)

The dome is a great place to play a lacrosse game. Espeically with UVA coming to town, I hope that it is a packed house. We always have great games with Virginia, they are a very talented team with some great shooters. I think that both teams match up well against eachother. I expect this game to be a great one. I am looking forward to see how many fans show up and just how loud the dome can be. It has been a one goal game each time we have faced each other since I have been a freshman so it should be another exciting one.

CuseFan (NYC)

Who is the toughest defender to go against in practice? They have to be some of the best guys you face all season. Hope you guys get 20k this Friday for the UVA game. Good luck

Stephen Keogh
  (2:41 PM)

In practice, the toughest person to go against in practice I think would be John Lade, or Griffin Vehar. Griff is a very big defender who likes to throw some big checks so you definitely pay the price everytime you go against him. With John Lade, you get one of the best one on one cover guys in D1. I always throw some chirps at Lade so everytime he goes against me, he wants to win but usually falls short. Going against all of the defenders on Cuse is always going to help prepare for other teams. We have some of the best defenders so it is going to help going against them each day in practice and when you get to shoot on a guy like Galloway each day, he makes you work for your goals so it definitely helps prepare us for games.

Quimmy (Hardaway)

Keogh i noticed your very good a finishing goals, Im a smaller player so im constantly placed on the crease, how do you always find away to get the goalie out of position and bury it? And whats your stick of choice?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:46 PM)

To get the goalie out of position, I usually try to throw a little fake high or low then switch the area to where I faked it. Another way that I try to fool the goalie is to change the plain of the shot. A good way to score on a goaltender, is to not give him to many hints as to where you are shooting. For example, if I am trying to shoot low, I will look high and aim for the lower part of the net so the goalie will try and read my eyes thinking I am going high. Being a smaller player around the crease, I think it is important for you to keep moving to find open space. When your defender whos covering you turns his head, you should cut towards the ball to an open area looking for a pass. My choice of stick is the X10 with a stx force shaft.

Quinn (Harder)

Stephen keogh i cant wait for you guys to play UVA, what is going to be the key to you guys winning?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:52 PM)

I think the keys to winning against UVA is to play a full 60 minutes. The first two games against Denver and Army, we came out flying out of the gates, but then kind of let the other teams get back into it. We can't do that against a team like UVA who is loaded on the offensive end. We will need to play a smart offensive game and limit the turnovers. Our offense needs to shoot smart on UVA since they have a solid goaltender. Defensively we need to play a solid game, we need to have good communication and great team defense.

craig (Canada)

stephen did you feel upset that you didnt make team canada this past summer? and do you plan on being a fighter in the NLL next year?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:55 PM)

It was definitely upsetting not making team Canada this past summer, but it was just an honour itself being invited to the camp. There was so many talented players at the camp which i learned alot from. It was a great experience getting to play with some of those guys in the field game. In regards to the NLL, I would be happy with any role that I could be given. Right now it is all about my senior season here at SU and the goal of winning a National Championship. Whatever happens in the future will be great but until then I am only focused on the syracuse season.

alex (Jordan NY fire department)

hey stephen, does your age (24 i believe) help you be successful with your wealth of experience in playing?

Stephen Keogh
  (2:59 PM)

I think my age helps me out a little bit. Although my teammates make fun of me for being old, I think playing both box lacrosse and field lacrosse has helped with my experience in lacrosse. It has helped me in all aspects of my game and hopefully I can still learn more from my teammates and coaches in the future

david (md)

For all the youngsters out there, can you please tell us just how much practice it took for you to get to the level you are at right now?

Stephen Keogh
  (3:03 PM)

When I was growing up, when it was summer time, you would never see me without my lacrosse stick. There are always so many things that you can learn and teach yourself in lacrosse. My brother and I would always be outside in the yard throwing the ball back and forth. I learned alot from just watching lacrosse games and asking questions. I have had great coaches in both field and box lacrosse growing up so they would always help me out with certain skills. I think if you practice enough it will help you out. Wall ball I think is the best way to help get better as a lacrosse player which I did for hours and hours each day in the summer.

Matt Kinnear
  (3:05 PM)

Stephen's got to run to practice. But one more question before he goes: What's your prediction for Friday?

Stephen Keogh
  (3:05 PM)

If it is the same way that is has been for the years that I have been here, I am going to say it is a close one but with Cuse pulling it out since the seniors have not beat Virginia in the regular season

Matt Kinnear
  (3:06 PM)

Thanks to Stephen for coming to chat, and thank you for submitting questions. Watch the game on ESPNU tomorrow and follow on InsideLacrosse.com. Then, make sure you visit faceoffclassic.com and get tickets for the Face-Off Classic in Baltimore.