Syracuse vs. Princeton
April 8, 2006
The Game Story:
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Redshirt freshman goaltender Peter Coluccini recorded a career-high 19 saves to lead the No. 15-ranked Syracuse University men's lacrosse team to a 7-5 victory against #6 Princeton (5-3) at the Carrier Dome. It was the second-straight game that the rookie goalie had at least 15 saves. It was also the second consecutive outing in which the Orange defense, as a whole, limited its opponent to single-digit scoring. A week ago, the SU defense held Loyola to six goals.

Syracuse (3-4) led 2-1 at halftime and then opened the game up by scoring the first three goals of the third quarter. Brett Bucktooth, John Carrozza and Brian Crockett each found the back of the net to push the Orange lead to 5-1 with 6:32 remaining in the period. Freshman midfielder Dan Hardy assisted on Bucktooth and Crockett's goals. Junior defenseman Steve Panarelli set up Carrozza's 12-yard shot.

Coluccini had to leave the game briefly in the third quarter and his replacement, sophomore goaltender Jake Myers, came up with an important save to prevent Princeton from closing to within 5-3 following a Whitney Hayes goal with 1:17 remaining in the third quarter.

Bucktooth added two more goals in the fourth quarter to complete the hat trick and Coluccini continued to deny Princeton shooters. He finished with 10 saves in the final 15 minutes of play, including one flurry where he stopped three-consecutive shots from just five or six yards away.

Sophomore attackman Mike Leveille, who pounced on a Hardy rebound in the second quarter for SU's second goal of the game, assisted on both Bucktooth goals in the fourth quarter.

SU senior defenseman John Wright held Princeton's leading scorer and Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Peter Trombino without a point until 18 seconds remained in the contest. Trombino's goal came in an unsettled situation off an assist from Mark Kovler.

Princeton outshot Syracuse, 37-25, and only allowed the Orange one man-up opportunity.

SU has a quick turnaround as it faces another one of the nation's top-ranked teams. On Tuesday, April 11, the Orange plays No. 5-ranked Cornell at 7 p.m. in Ithaca. The game will be televised by CSTV.