Syracuse vs. Notre Dame
March 11, 2004
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The Syracuse offense continued to roll, this time with a 12-3 run in the second half which turned a 10-7 Notre Dame lead into a 19-13 Orange victory at the Carrier Dome. No. 3 Syracuse is now 3-0 on the season, while No. 5 Notre Dame saw its record fall to 1-1.

The Orange have posted a total of 56 goals (18.7) in their first three games, the most since the undefeated 1990 squad opened the season with 58 goals in their first three outings.

Once the Irish took their 10-7 lead off a Dan Berger goal at 13:23 of the third quarter, the SU attack unleashed four-straight goals, including two apiece from attackmen Brian Crockett and Brian Nee. Their linemate, Michael Powell, assisted on two of those four goals. Nee netted his career-high fourth goal off a feed from midfielder Kevin Dougherty which gave the Orangemen an 11-10 lead with 7:34 remaining in the third period. SU never trailed again.

Notre Dame tied the contest at 11-11 with another Berger goal at the 5:03 mark, but SU received some much-needed goal production from its midfielders with a Greg Rommel score at the 4:21 mark and a collegiate first for rookie Steven Brooks with 2:23 remaining in the decisive third quarter.

SU continued its offensive onslaught with three more goals to start the fourth period. Crockett found Sean Lindsay, Rommel scored his career-high third goal at the 12:40 mark and Dougherty fed Crockett with 10:34 remaining for a 16-11 Syracuse advantage. Crockett, who tallied a career-high six goals in SU's win against Virginia, still was not finished. He registered his game-high fifth goal off an assist from Lindsay at the 8:23 mark. The score gave SU a 17-12 edge.

Lindsay set up another teammate, this time junior attackman Zack Wallace at 7:01 to give the Orangemen their largest lead (18-12) of the night besides the final.

ND's Matt Howell broke the run with an unassisted goal with 6:33 remaining. Dougherty tallied SU's 19th and final goal of the game with 3:42 remaining in the contest.

Syracuse has now scored 38 goals in its two home wins this season. It was the most goals given up by a Notre Dame team since 1997.

SU goalie Jay Pfeifer made 10 of his 15 saves in the first half. He stopped a couple of point-blank shots, including one where a Notre Dame player attempted several fakes on him first. Pfeifer calmly picked off the shot. The SU defense as a whole settled down in the second half and held the Irish to just two goals in both the third and fourth quarters, after giving up nine goals in the first half.

Syracuse takes its 3-0 record to No. 1 Johns Hopkins for its next game on Saturday, March 20, at Homewood Field in Baltimore. The start time is slated for 1:00 p.m.