Syracuse vs. Army
February 28, 2004
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse men's lacrosse team trailed Army 13-12 with 4:32 remaining in the third quarter before a 6-0 spurt by the Orangemen reversed the lead to 18-13 in their favor. SU held on for a 19-15 victory against the Black Knights at the Carrier Dome in front of 5,765 spectators. It was the season opener for both teams.

Senior attackman Michael Powell (West Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) tied his career high with eight points. He scored three goals and had a personal-best five assists. During SU's 6-0 run late in the second half, Powell was recorded a goal and two assists. Classmate Sean Lindsay (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Lakeland-Panas) tallied two goals during the run and finished with four goals for the game, equaling his career high.

Syracuse (1-0) scored the game's first two goals and took a 3-1 lead at 10:43 of the first quarter. Army?s Jeff Bryan assisted on a man-up goal and then tallied himself at the 8;20 mark of the first quarter to tie the game at 3-3. Jim Wagner and Jeff Auer scored to give the Black Knights a 5-4 lead by the end of the opening period.

Army held two-goal leads twice in the second quarter thanks to two goals by John Walker. Zack Wallace (Baldwinsville, N.Y./C.W. Baker) helped bring SU back. He scored two goals before senior midfielder Steve Vallone (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) tied the game at 8-8 with 1:50 remaining in the first half. Senior attackman Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md./Boys' Latin) registered a goal 42 seconds later off an assist by sophomore Brett Bucktooth (Onondaga Nation, N.Y./Lafayette). SU led 9-8 at halftime.

The two teams continued to exchange leads. Bucktooth gave Syracuse an 11-9 advantage, but Army went on a run of its own, scoring three-straight goals (by Walker, Marko Kostovic and Jon Burton) to take a 12-11 lead with 8:48 left to play in the third. Lindsay scored on a hard outside shot at 5:22 to tie the game at 12-12. Kostovic netted his fourth goal of the afternoon with 4:32 remaining in the third period. That would be Army's final lead of the day.

Walker and Bryan each had six points to lead the Black Knights in scoring. Matt Darak played all 60 minutes in goal and totaled 22 saves.

Junior goaltender Jay Pfeifer (Towson, Md./Gilman) played the entire game for Syracuse and finished with 16 saves.

For the game, SU outshot Army, 54-38.

The Orangemen travel to Charlottesville, Va. to take on the defending national champion Cavaliers at 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 6, at Klöckner Stadium.