'Cuse Creams 'Cats; Desko's 100th Win

'Cuse Creams 'Cats; Desko's 100th Win

'Cuse Creams 'Cats; Desko's 100th Win

'Cuse Creams 'Cats; Desko's 100th Win

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sophomore attack Kenny Nims and junior midfielder Steve Brooks each scored four goals to lead #14 Syracuse (3-3) to a 16-10 victory against Binghamton (1-4) in the first-ever meeting between the two teams on Saturday, March 24 at the Carrier Dome. Nims also had an assist to finish with a personal-best five points on the day. For Brooks it was his third straight game with at least three goals, and his four tallies against the Bearcats matched his career high.

The victory was the 100th for SU head coach John Desko who became the fastest active Division I head coach to reach 100 career victories. He achieved the feat in just 133 games. Desko surpassed the active mark of Princeton head coach Bill Tierney who earned 100 wins in his first 141 games. Desko is 100-33 since taking over the Orange program in 1999 with three national titles.

In addition to Nims and Brooks, the Orange also got a hat trick from junior attack Mike Leveille, who finished with a total of four points. The performance extended his consecutive-game point streak to 32, which is the fourth-longest in the country. Junior Brendan Loftus also had multiple goals for the Orange, chipping in two.

Senior Jon Jerome had the best game of his career at the face-off "X" to help set up the Syracuse attack. Jerome won a personal-best 18 draws, including 14 in a row to start the game. He finished 18-of-21 on faceoffs, leading the Orange to 23 wins on 28 face-off attempts as a team. In addition, Jerome registered the first point of his career with an assist on Nims' first goal of the contest, and scooped up 13 ground balls.

The Orange jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first minute of play on goals by Leveille and Nims. Leveille's score came just 36 seconds into the contest and Nims scored five seconds later off a pass from Jerome who had just won the ensuing face-off. A goal by Brooks extended SU's lead to three, but the Bearcats responded with three straight scores to tie the match with 11:25 to go in the first half.

Syracuse tallied five of the game's next six goals to build an 8-4 advantage and took a 10-5 margin at the 2:20 mark of the third period on Nims' third goal of the game.

The Orange appeared to be in control heading into the final period, but the Bearcats tallied three straight scores to open the final quarter and cut the SU lead to 10-8 with 12:01 remaining. Binghamton's Nate Kerstein began the scoring spree with man-up goal and capped it by assisting on Steve Carlson's man-up tally.

Binghamton almost pulled within one minutes later, but officials ruled SU goaltender Peter Coluccini picked up a shot that had squirted past him before it entered the cage. The play swung the momentum back to the Orange, and SU ended any hope of a comeback with four straight scores. Brooks run with a pass that deflected off a defenseman past Binghamton goaltender Larry Kline for goal with 9:31 left in regulation. Consecutive tallies by Loftus, sophomore Matt Abbott, and Nims pushed SU's lead to six, 14-8, with 5:44 remaining and put the game out of reach.

Jake Boyce led the Bearcats' attack with a hat trick. Carlson and Kerstein each added two.

Binghamton's Drew Wichmann had a fine game distributing the ball. He registered career-high five assists in the contest. Binghamton's top face-off man J.P. Wioncek did not win a draw, going 0-for-15, mostly against Jerome.

Syracuse had a pair of players see the first game action of their careers versus the Bearcats. Freshman Chris Daniello got in the game in the final minutes on attack, and rookie midfielder Lincoln Cavalieri also made a fourth-quarter appearance.

Junior Mike MacDonald saw increased playing as part of the Orange attack and registered his first point of the season with an assist in the second quarter. Junior middie Steve Babbles also got in the 2007 scoring column with an assist on Brooks' second goal.

The Orange returns to action on Saturday, March 31 with a match at Loyola. Faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. from Diane Geppi-Aikens Field in Baltimore.

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Congratulations, John Desko!
    by (#136419) on 3/27/07 @4:54PM
Congratulations, John Desko! You are one of the best coaches ever in the game, and you deserve this! With you as Syracuse coach, the Orange have many more great years ahead of them.
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Desko has been a huge part in Syracuse Lacrosse!
    by (#136419) on 3/27/07 @5:04PM
Absolutely! Throughout that incredible run of final four appearances by the Orange, Desko actually did most of the coaching. Roy Simmons, Jr. was the head coach until 1998, and he was more like the grandfather, or the guy who oversaw the whole program.

It is true that Syracuse hasn't been quite as good these past few seasons. However, every program has their down times. And, for most programs, the slight slump that 'Cuse has taken wouldn't be half-bad at all.
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    by (#131429) on 3/27/07 @11:52PM
sometimes even as a cuse fan i forget how much he has done for them in a short time. not only has he won 3 titles 00,02,04 and was still in the championship games in 99 (close game with uva), 01(1 goal defeat to princeton), a couple of breaks of who knows maybe more, of course that can go both ways, they could of lost that 02 champ game the 00 against princeton was never really close. anyways i hope desko sticks around because i think hes a damn good coach.
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This game was shocking
    by (#155398) on 3/28/07 @4:04PM
Nowhere near enough has been said about how terrible SU's defense played in this game. 10 goals to binghamton...are you sh***** me!?! Coluccini once again played poorly, registering 8 saves, and the Orange D let in some sooooft goals. I know SU went on a nice little run in the 4th quarter to put it away, but if you want to be a national champion you have to put these games away in the 2nd and 3rd quarters. Binghamton is a 6th or 7th year program, we have 9 (10) national championships, and we let the score get to 10-8 in the latter stages of the game? Something is definitely wrong on that side of the field, and Coach Simmons needs to really really fix it.

However, 16 goals is an admirable performance from the offense, especially with leveille and hardy hampered by what i hope were minor injuries during the game. Big Dan got his ankle rolled up on early in the game, but returned, and i'm not sure what happened to Leveille but he left the game for some time, it appeared to be any number of lower body injuries (ankle, knee, muscular). The Orange made smart passes and had some great cuts - the strength of this offense is their off-ball movement, and they need to utilize that more. Nims is beautiful to watch moving off the ball in front of the cage, and it was great to see a break-out performance from him. Steve Brooks is continuing his fine form, putting up another huge game; he's absolutely better than his sophomore season on '05, and complete offensive player and a great shooter. No way he won't make at least 2nd team all-american.

So the offense looked good, the faceoff unit looked good, and the defense looked real bad. Why has this become the staple of SU in the past couple seasons? Gone are defenders like Glatzel, Abrams, Sol Bliss, and St. George that would absolutely manhandle opponents one on one. Gone are the cool and collected goaltenders like Rob Mulligan and Jay Pfeifer. This needs to change dramatically, and I think it comes down to recruiting. Our coaching staff is one of the best in the game, but we're just not getting the top flight recruits right now. Imagine this offense with the likes of Megill and Whittenberg at UMD on defense? Would this team be unstoppable? Probably not, but they wouldn't be allowing 10 goals to binghamton, 17 to hopkins, etc. SU really needed something positive to come out of this statement game against a clearly inferior opponent, and they failed to make a big statement. My love for the team is unwavering, but my faith in a final four appearance is shaken.

P.S. - For all those wondering about the Perritt/Carozza situation, I haven't heard any official statements from anyone here at he school, but they are back practicing and were dressed for the game, just didn't play. I'm assuming they'll be back sometime this year, however, I don't know when. Hopefully soon. But let it be an example for the future div 1 stars of lacrosse - alcohol use and partying are going to happen, thats just become a "lifestyle" of lacrosse players. Don't be stupid about it, don't make poor decisions; it will cost you, your team, and it is just another unneccessary black eye for a sport that will be cleaning up its image for a long time coming.
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Offense Wins Games, Defense Wins Championships!
    by (#136419) on 3/28/07 @4:36PM
No doubt about it. In fact, I think the Orange are a solid goalie and a few solid defenders away from being the best team in the country. Their offense is fine. However, the defense needs serious work, and they need it very soon. Although the Orange have played the toughest part of their schedule, they still have to play teams like Princeton, Rutgers, UMASS, and Loyola, who are not easy wins by any means.

If you don't have the defense, you really get out-of-whack offensively, no matter how good your offense is.
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    by (#103939) on 3/29/07 @7:39AM
every team is a few defenders and a goalie away from being the best team in the country. cuse is suffering from the same problem that the san fran 49ers and dallas cowboys are dealing with. parity.
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Too ugly of a pig to dress up nice and take out
    by (#96158) on 3/31/07 @6:54AM
It is a huge and glaring problem. Defensemen don't know when and where or how to throw checks. The only thing SU's defenders do worse than play 1-on-1 Defense is slide to help each other. And Quess what, when you put a Goalie who doesn't belong in DI Lacrosse in tough spots its all over.
I will check back in as a lifelong SU fan when they sort this problem out. They must realize the problem or they are braindead. Fix the problem. (THIS IS YOUR JOB!!)
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