Syracuse vs. Albany
April 22, 2005
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Junior Brian Crockett tied his career-high with six goals and seven points, while senior goaltender Jay Pfeifer recorded his 700th career save as the No. 7-ranked Syracuse men's lacrosse team edged No. 13 Albany, 14-13, on Senior Night at the Carrier Dome.

Crockett now has 11 goals in SU's last two games since the coaches moved him from attack to midfield. He has improved his career total to 87 goals which moves him into a three-way tie for 26th on the school's all-time goals list.

Albany (8-4) got five goals and two assists from sophomore attackman Merrick Thomson.

The two teams traded goals in the first quarter. The Great Danes scored the first and last goals of the period to take a 4-3 lead.

The Orange tied the contest with a Brett Bucktooth man-up goal at 14:11 of the second quarter and then scored two more times for a 6-4 lead. Crockett netted his second goal off an assist from senior Jarett Park at 10:57 and 32 seconds later, Park notched his eighth goal of the season.

Luke Daquino, who had a game-high four assists for Albany, connected with Thomson to pull the Danes to within 6-5 with 8:42 remaining in the first half. It would be the final goal before halftime.

After freshman Mike Leveille hit Crockett for another Syracuse, two-goal lead (7-5) at 14:03 of the third quarter, Albany stormed back with three goals to take its first lead since the end of the first quarter. Chris Martocchia, Frank Resetarits and Thomson all registered goals in the spurt. With Albany clinging to leads of 8-7 and then 9-8 (thanks to the third goal of the night for Martocchia), SU junior midfielder Greg Rommel used a spin move to free himself for a 10-yard shot which tied the score at 9-9 with 1:12 remaining in the third quarter. Crockett helped SU regain the lead (10-9) with his fifth goal of the night, a 15-yard shot from up top, off a feed from senior Jake Plunket.

The tension continued to mount into the fourth quarter. Thomson tied the contest at 10-10 off a pass from Mike Ammann at the 13-minute mark. The Orange pushed it right back with two goals, the first of the night by Leveille and an unassisted tally by Bucktooth, who faked high and shot low on Albany goaltender Kevin Rae.

Freshman midfielder Jordan Levine took it hard to the cage for Albany's 11th goal of the night with 10:10 remaining on the clock. But, Crockett had the hot hand and scored on another outside shot from approximately 12 or 15 yards out with 6:53 remaining. It gave SU a 13-11 advantage.

The Great Danes never gave up. They came down hard in transition, looking to attack the Syracuse cage. Daquino pulled his team to within a goal (13-12) with 6:07 left.

Leveille, an Albany native who played for Albany Academy in high school, scored what proved to be the game-winning goal when he picked up a Syracuse clear and bolted to the cage. The opportunity was set up after Martocchia had a point-blank shot saved by Pfeifer with close to two minutes left to play. Park came out of nowhere to try and help make the save. The Orange quickly turned the ball upfield and luckily, it found Leveille's stick. His goal with 2:05 left on the clock gave Syracuse a 14-12 lead. Martocchia then found Thomson with 1:33 remaining to keep the Danes within one goal (14-13). Albany won the ensuing faceoff to hold on to possession and then called timeout with 1:12 left. Brendan Russell's shot with 28 seconds remaining was squelched by Pfeifer, who finished with 11 saves. Syracuse collected the groundball and successfully cleared the ball to close out the game.

Bucktooth finished with a career-high four goals and the SU faceoff unit, led by specialists Dan Brennan and Geoff Keough, won 19 of 30 draws.

The Orange improved to 7-4 on the season with the win. It was the fifth one-goal game of the season for Syracuse, who will next be in action on Saturday, April 30 at No. 9-ranked Massachusetts. Game time is set for 1 p.m. at Garber Field.