Syracuse vs. Loyola
April 10, 2004
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Seven different Orangemen scored as the No. 3-ranked Syracuse men's lacrosse team defeated No. 20 Loyola, 13-8, in front of 6,399 at the Carrier Dome. It was the fourth-straight win for Syracuse who is now 7-1 on the season.

Senior attackman Michael Powell (West Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) equalled his career high of five assists and finished with a game-high six points. Linemates Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md./Boys' Latin) and Brian Crockett (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) each had three goals and one assist. The rest of the scoring was done by SU midfielders Kevin Dougherty (Syracuse, N.Y./Corcoran) (two goals), Steve Vallone (Corning, N.Y./Corning East) (two goals), Greg Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) (one goal) and Brett Bucktooth (Onondaga Nation, N.Y./Lafayette) (one goal).

The Orangemen controlled the game with a 7-1 lead at the 4:08 mark of the second quarter. Loyola's Patrick Kennedy scored a man-up goal with 3:27 left in the first half to pull the Greyhounds within five (7-2) at halftime.

Greyhound goaltender Michael Fretwell started to heat up in the second half. He had 16 of his game-high 20 saves in the second half. Loyola used the defensive lift to creep back into the game. Stephen Brundage and Nino Othman each netted goals at the start of the third period to pull Loyola to within 7-4. Syracuse added a goal in between two more by Loyola. Brundage tallied his second marker at the 9:12 mark and John Halip fired an outside shot at 8:04 to cut into the SU lead, 8-6.

The Orangemen forced Loyola into 11 failed clears and handed possession of the ball over to their talented offensive players. Powell found Crockett with eight seconds remaining in the third quarter for a 9-6 lead. Powell fired a shot past Fretwell at 12:03 of the fourth quarter to give SU a 10-6 lead and Vallone made it 11-6 off a pass from Nee on a man-up opportunity at the 7:31 mark.

Brundage recorded his third goal of the game with 6:55 remaining. Nee netted his 14th and 15th goals of the season in the remaining minutes for Syracuse. Matt Monfett, who had two goals and one assist, for Loyola, registered his second goal with 2:14 remaining in the contest.

Powell, who was chased by two Loyola defenders much of the day, kept his cool and passed off for assists on four-straight Syracuse goals in the second quarter. Powell now needs 28 points to become SU's all-time leading scorer. Today, he moved ahead of Tom Marechek (1989-92) for sixth place on the school's career points list. Powell owns 260 career points.

The Greyhounds are 3-4 on the season.

Syracuse will next be in action on Tuesday, April 13, for a 7 p.m. showdown with No. 16 Cornell at Schoellkopf Field.