Rutgers vs. Syracuse
April 13, 2002
The Game Story:
PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Syracuse got three goals apiece from Michael Springer (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood), Josh Coffman (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) and Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md./Boys' Latin) en route to a 13-4 victory against Rutgers at Yurcak Field. It equaled the fewest amount of goals the Orangemen have allowed this season. On March 27, SU defeated Hobart, 19-4.

After Rutgers' Tim White netted the game's first goal almost four minutes in, the top-ranked Orangemen responded by scoring six-straight goals during the next 11 minutes to take a 6-1 lead at the 11:52 mark of the second quarter. Springer and Nee each had two goals during the spurt. Coffman tallied his 100th career goal at the 4:49 mark of the first quarter. It was an unassisted marker that gave SU its first lead of the game at 2-1. The Orangemen would never trail again.

Springer's younger brother, Ken, a junior attackman for Rutgers, registered his 15th goal of the season at 9:42 of the second quarter. It pulled the Scarlet Knights within four goals (6-2), the closest they would come the rest of the afternoon.

Freshman attackman Zack Wallace (Baldwinsville, N.Y./Baker) entered the game in the second quarter for Syracuse and immediately got on the scoreboard with his second goal of the season with 1:56 remaining. The Orangemen improved their lead to 8-2 when with eight seconds left in the half, SU head coach John Desko called a timeout. When his players retook the field, sophomore attackman Michael Powell (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) found a wide-open Coffman planted on RU's left goalpost. Coffman buried the goal with two seconds left in the first half.

Syracuse (9-2) took a 10-2 lead early in the third quarter after Springer and Coffman each found the back of the net. Springer caught a pass from Nee with his back to the crease and did not even turn to look at the goal. Instead, he flipped the ball over his right shoulder and into the cage.

Michael Coomber registered Rutgers' third goal at the 9:11 mark of the third quarter. Five minutes later, Powell found Nee to give SU a 11-3 goal and then senior midfielder Spencer Wright (San Diego, Calif./Junipero Serra) intercepted a Rutgers clear attempt inside the 50-yard line and delivered a pass to Powell, who safely deposited the ball in the Rutgers net with 1:48 remaining in the third quarter. It was Powell's game-high sixth point of the contest.

Senior midfielder Brian Solliday (Bethpage, N.Y./Bethpage) was responsible for SU's final goal of the game. He cranked an unassisted shot from approximately 20 yards out for his 11th goal of the season with 9:50 remaining in the fourth quarter.

The Scarlet Knights registered the final score of the afternoon. Michael Buck caught a quick pass from Jamie Lovejoy on a Rutgers' man-up opportunity with 4:46 left in the game.

Red-shirt freshman Jay Pfeifer (Towson, Md./Gilman) played the game's first 46 minutes in goal for Syracuse and finished with five saves, while allowing three goals. Both Nick Donatelli and Alex Mummolo saw action for the Orangemen.

In goal for Rutgers was Chris Kenyon, who finished with 11 saves. Rutgers' record is now 2-9.

Syracuse travels to Pennsylvania for its next game on Friday, April 19, against the Quakers at 3:30 p.m.