Syracuse vs. Army
February 25, 2006
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior attackman Brett Bucktooth scored three goals during a late 5-1 surge by #5 Syracuse in the game's final 11 minutes to help lift the fifth-ranked Orange men's lacrosse team to a 14-10 season-opening victory against #15 Army at the Carrier Dome. Bucktooth finished the game with three goals and an assist.

It was the 2006 season opener for both teams.

John Walker tallied his team-high third goal of the game off a pass from Ryan Chase with 10:51 remaining in the fourth quarter. The goal tied the score at 9-9. From there, Syracuse responded with three-straight markers, including two by Bucktooth. He scored off a five-yard shot that was set up for him beautifully by transfer graduate student Joe Yevoli. His next goal was vintage Orange lacrosse. Junior defenseman Steve Panarelli stripped Walker near the top of the box. He kicked the ball out to long-stick midfielder Evan Brady, who delivered a perfect outlet pass in transition to freshman midfielder Dan Hardy. Hardy bolted for the cage and dished off to Bucktooth for an 11-9 Syracuse advantage.

Freshman midfielder Matt Abbott gave SU a 12-9 lead when he finished a pass from Mike Leveille with 5:55 remaining. It was Abbott's second goal of the game.

Jon Burton recorded Army's 10th and final goal to pull the Black Knights within 12-10 with 2:34 left, but freshman attackman Kenny Nims scored his first collegiate goal on an empty net with 49 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.

A total of four penalties were called with 28 seconds left on the clock. The Orange was whistled for two unnecessary roughness penalties, while Army received two slashing penalties. The Black Knights' Paul Wigdzinski had been called for unnecessary roughness with 42 seconds remaining and Bucktooth capitalized on that extra-man opportunity with goal No. 3 with just 18 seconds left in the contest.

SU trailed 2-0 in the first quarter, but settled down and scored the game's next four goals.

Five first-year Syracuse players tallied goals. In addition to collegiate firsts by Abbott and Nims, Hardy registered a goal and an assist. Yevoli finished with two goals and two assists in his first game since the 2004 season. Fellow Virginia transfer Nathan Kenney also added a goal with 7:16 remaining in the third quarter.

Redshirt freshman Pete Coluccini got the starting nod in goal for Syracuse. He totaled nine saves in his first collegiate outing.

Walker had three goals and four assists for Army. Goalie Adam Fullerton played the entire game in goal and stopped six shots.