Syracuse vs. Albany
April 24, 2004
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior attackman Michael Powell had five goals and one assist, while senior midfielder Steve Vallone scored four goals to help the No. 6-ranked Syracuse men's lacrosse team to an 18-8 victory against Albany at the Carrier Dome.

SU opened the game with a 4-0 first-quarter lead. Powell had two goals in the opening period. The Great Danes fought back in the second quarter where they tallied four of their eight goals and pulled to within 7-4 with 5:23 left to play in the second stanza.

Junior Scott Ditzell started things off for the Orangemen after halftime with his first goal of the season, off a left-handed dodge at 12:46. Brian Crockett netted back-to-back goals to push SU's lead up to 11-4 with 11:27 left to play in the third. Albany's Michael Solazzo registered two goals in the third period, a man-up tally off a pass from Luke Aquino at the 7:20 mark and a finish with 1:43 remaining that made the score 14-6. Syracuse recorded two more goals before the end of the third quarter to take a 10-goal lead heading into the final 15 minutes. Brett Bucktooth scored his career-high second goal off a pass from Powell with 28 seconds remaining and Vallone registered his third goal with two seconds remaining.

SU goalie Jay Pfeifer nearly scored. At one point in the game, he carried the ball upfield and passed off to Powell, who gave the ball back on a give-and-go. Pfeifer wound up and shot the ball low, but it was saved by Albany goaltender Kevin Rae. It was the second time in Pfeifer's career that he nearly scored a goal. During the 2002 NCAA playoffs at Hofstra his first season, he ran down field and attempted a shot on goal.

Each team netted two goals in the fourth quarter. Vallone registered his fourth goal of the afternoon at the 11:55 mark. Tim Primrose tallied for Albany at 9:32. Alex Zink found Brian Nee on a man-up opportunity with 6:53 left to play which gave SU its largest lead of the game (18-7). Chris Martocchia was responsible for Albany's eighth goal, the final score of the contest.

Pfeifer finished with 14 saves. Senior Nick Donatelli played the entire fourth quarter and totaled five saves for the Orangemen.

Rae finished with 19 saves for the Great Danes, who are now 8-4 on the season and will play Binghamton at home next Saturday for the America East Championship and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Syracuse is 9-2 and will host Massachusetts on Sat., May 1, at 1 p.m. in the final regular-season game of the season.