Syracuse vs. Dartmouth
May 11, 2003
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Junior midfielder Sean Lindsay (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Lakeland-Panas) tallied two of his three goals in the game's final 2:42 to lift the Syracuse University men's lacrosse team to a 13-11 victory against Dartmouth in NCAA first-round action at the Carrier Dome in front of 4,220 spectators. The Orangemen improve to 9-5 on the season and will stay at home to face No. 4-seeded Princeton (11-3) at 12:30 p.m. in the NCAA quarterfinals on Saturday, May 17.

The other quarterfinal being contested at the Carrier Dome on May 17th will feature No. 3 Maryland (11-3) against Massachusetts (13-2) at approximately 3:30 p.m.

Dartmouth, who was making its first-ever appearance in the NCAA playoffs, led 11-10 with 4:23 remaining in the game. The Orangemen, participants in the last 21 NCAA Tournaments, are in the national playoffs for the 24th time overall. The experience paid off.

Junior Michael Powell (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) had a hand in four of SU's first five goals (one goal, three assists). He assisted Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md./Boys' Latin) at 13:49 of the first period and then set up Michael Springer (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) at the 8:49 mark to give SU a 2-0 lead. Dartmouth battled back with goals by Russell Radebaugh and Brad Heritage. With 30 seconds remaining in the first quarter, the Big Green took a 3-2 lead after Gavin Phillips assisted Jamie Coffin.

The Orangemen opened up a 5-3 lead by 11:11 of the second quarter after three-straight goals by Powell, senior long-stick midfielder Matt Bontaites (Marblehead, Mass./Marblehead) and Nee. Once again, Dartmouth tied it up, this time at 5-5 behind goals by Ryan Danehy and goaltender Andrew Goldstein. Goldstein saved a shot by SU middie Pat Hogan (St. Louis, Mo./DeSmet Jesuit) and then proceeded to run up field to clear the ball. The Orangemen shut off his outlets, so Goldstein continued into the offensive zone. He wound up and shot on SU goalie Jay Pfeifer (Towson, Md./Gilman), a fellow left-handed goaltender. It was the first goal of Goldstein's career and came with 4:37 remaining in the second period.

The Big Green were whistled for a delay of game penalty just eight seconds later and Syracuse capitalized by scoring its only man-up goal of the day, a blast by Nee at the 4:14 mark. SU led, 6-5, at halftime.

The third quarter belonged to Dartmouth as the visitors outscored Syracuse, 4-2. The Big Green also made the most of four SU penalties. Danehy tied it up at 6-6 with an extra-man goal at the 9:40 mark of the third quarter. SU freshman Brian Crockett (Yorktown/Yorktown) tallied the first of his two goals at 8:14. From that point on, the Orangemen would not score again until 46 seconds remained in the quarter. At 10:22 of the third period, three penalties were doled out, a slashing and an unsportsmanlike call on SU's Liam Banks and an unsportsmanlike penalty on Dartmouth's Doug Carr. At 4:56, a one-minute SU slashing penalty put Dartmouth a man-up and Scott Roslyn delivered a goal off a feed from Danehy at the 4:26 mark. That extra-man tally gave the Big Green an 8-7 lead. They went ahead by two (9-7) just 15 seconds later when Justin Weinstein found Danehy in transition.

Lindsay quieted the Dartmouth fans as he dodged his way to the cage and scored with 46 seconds left in the third quarter. He pulled SU to within a goal (9-8) entering the fourth period.

Heritage tallied Dartmouth's 10th goal of the game just 39 seconds into the final quarter of play. Syracuse answered back when sophomore midfielder Kyle Olson (Columbus, Ohio/Upper Arlington) fired a hard outside shot at the 13-minute mark. Crockett then tied the game at 10-10 when he backed his way in and scored on a bouncer with 8:14 remaining in the contest.

Tom Daniels assisted Roslyn for Dartmouth's final goal at the 4:23 mark. Syracuse closed out the game by scoring three goals, two by Lindsay. Springer found Lindsay cutting to the goal at the 2:42 mark to tie the score at 11-11. The SU offense continued moving and cutting and Banks found Springer at 2:18 to put the Orangemen on top, 12-11. With 1:55 remaining Lindsay capped off all scoring by handling a Jarett Park groundball and firing the ball top shelf.

Pfeifer continued his hot play with 12 saves. A member of last year's NCAA all-tournament team, Pfeifer now has 82 saves in SU's last six games (13.7 saves per game). Goldstein finished with 11 stops for Dartmouth.

Three players totalled four points: Dartmouth's Ryan Danehy (3-1), Syracuse's Sean Lindsay (3-1) and Michael Powell (1-3).

Dartmouth finished its 2003 campaign with an 11-3 record.