Hobart vs. Syracuse
March 29, 2005
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y. -- Syracuse senior goaltender Jay Pfeifer (Towson, Md.)
recorded a career-high 21 saves, including a spectacular stop with 1:02
remaining in the contest, to lift No. 8-ranked Syracuse (3-3) to a 13-12
men's lacrosse victory against No. 12-ranked Hobart (5-2) in front of
4,001 spectators at McCooey Field. It was the second consecutive
victory for the Orange and the 19th straight win in the series with the
Statesmen.

The two teams have played one another for the Kraus-Simmons Trophy for
each of the past 20 years. The game is named in honor of legendary SU
coach Roy Simmons Sr. and Hobart Hall of Fame coach Babe Kraus. The
Orange own a 19-1 advantage against the Statesmen during the trophy's
20-year history. Hobart won the first-ever game in the series, 16-13,
in a 1986 contest in Geneva.

Freshman attackman/midfielder Greg Niewieroski (Watertown, N.Y.) scored
just his second career goal and it proved to be the game-winner with
4:13 remaining in a 12-12 contest. He sent a bouncer past Hobart
goaltender Dan Valente.

The game was tight the entire way. The score was tied 3-3 after the
first quarter. Every time the Orange tried to pull away in the second
quarter, Hobart would counter. SU led by two goals (8-6) with 1:45
remaining in the second period after a Greg Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.)
left-hander landed in the net.

Hobart senior Chris Scanlon pulled the Statesmen to within a goal (8-7)
with five seconds remaining in the half. It was the first of two man-up
goals for Hobart and was assisted by Daryl Veltman.

In the third quarter, Mike Conklin registered Hobart's second extra-man
goal with 1:46 remaining in the period. He was assisted by Veltman and
the goal evened the score at 9-9. From there, the Orange went on a
small run, capturing a 12-9 lead with three goals during the next 7
minutes, 35 seconds. Senior midfielder Jarett Park (Otisco, N.Y.)
scored SU's 10th goal, followed by Rommel's third goal of the night, an
outside shot that hit the pipe and rebounded into the Hobart cage.

Sophomore midfielder Steven Brooks (Libertyville, Ill.) netted his
career-high third goal of the night, when he scooped up a groundball in
SU's defensive end and used his exceptional speed to take the ball
coast-to-coast at the 8:45 mark of the fourth quarter.

The Statesmen were quick to respond and did not let Syracuse run away
with the game. Alex Jessup found Conklin 43 seconds after Brooks' goal.
Scanlon pulled Hobart to within 12-11 with 7:10 remaining, and then
helped tie the score at 12-12 when he delivered the ball the Nate Hill's
stick with 6:49 left. Hill finished the pass with his third goal of the
night.

After Niewieroski's goal with 4:13 left on the clock, Hobart had what
seemed to be a sure, game-tying goal with 1:02 remaining, but Pfeifer
stuffed Veltman's attempt.

Brooks finished the night with a career-high five points (three goals,
two assists). It was his fourth-straight game with at least two points
for Syracuse. Rommel tied his personal-best with three goals. He last
scored three in a 2004 home contest against Notre Dame. Park finished
with two goals and an assist, equaling his personal-bests for both goals
and points. Junior midfielder Kieran Murphy (Suffern, N.Y.) netted SU's
first goal of the night at the 11:32 mark of the first quarter. It was
his first career goal.

Pfeifer's 21 saves moved him into third place on the school's all-time
saves list. His 648 career stops moves him ahead of Jason Gebhardt
(632), and in position to chase down Tom Nims (692) and Jamie Molloy
(766).


SU will look to make it three wins in a row this Saturday, April 2, when
it hosts No. 18-ranked Brown at the Dome at 4 p.m. A special guest will
be on hand. Football and lacrosse great Jim Brown will be honored on
the field at halftime, in recognition of two, new scholarships
established in his name.