Pennsylvania vs. Syracuse
April 19, 2002
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA, Pa. Sophomore attackman Michael Powell (Carthage, N.Y.) had a game-high six points (four goals, two assists) as the fourth-ranked Syracuse men's lacrosse team used a 6-2 second-half scoring run to defeat No.15-ranked Pennsylvania, 12-7, at Franklin Field. The victory marked the 50th career win for SU head coach John Desko. He is now 50-11 during his four seasons as head coach at Syracuse.

The Orangemen owned a 3-2 lead after the first quarter and a 6-5 lead at halftime. In the second quarter, everytime SU scored, Penn answered back. Powell netted three goals in the first half. Jake Martin had two goals and an assist in the first half for the Quakers.

Penn's Mike Iannacone tied the score at 6-6 just 1:36 into the third period with an unassisted goal. The Quakers would not score again until 3:05 remaining in the contest.

Syracuse (10-2) went on a 6-1 scoring run from the 9:30 mark of the third quarter until the 5:38 mark of the fourth quarter. Powell found Josh Coffman to kick off the rally and then senior midfielder Tom Hardy (Tully, N.Y.) tossed a pass to Powell for an 8-6 SU lead with 6:15 remaining in the third quarter, the final goal of the period.

Freshman midfielder Jarett Park (Tully, N.Y.) gave the Orangemen a 9-6 lead with his unassisted bounce shot which found the back of the net at 13:32 of the fourth quarter. Spencer Wright (San Diego, Calif.) and Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md.) connected for Syracuse's 10th goal at the 12:30 mark. Powell set up a Hardy outside shot that gave the Orangemen an 11-6 advantage and then Sean Lindsay (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y.) flipped a pass to Brian Solliday (Bethpage, N.Y.) who cranked a shot from about 12 yards out on the left side.

Zandy Reich tallied Penn's final goal with 3:05 remaining in the game.

SU goalie Jay Pfeifer (Towson, Md.) recorded 10 saves, while Penn's Ryan Kelly stopped a career-high 20 shots. Interestingly enough, Kelly's previous career-high was 19 saves which he tallied last year against the Orangemen at the Carrier Dome.

Pennsylvania is now 8-4 on the season.

Syracuse has two games remaining in the regular season and both will be played at home, beginning with Massachusetts on Friday, April 26, at 7 p.m.