Cuse Back In Final Four, 13-12 Over Defending Champ Hopkins

Cuse Back In Final Four, 13-12 Over Defending Champ Hopkins

Cuse Back In Final Four, 13-12 Over Defending Champ Hopkins

Cuse Back In Final Four, 13-12 Over Defending Champ Hopkins

Syracuse used sharp passing and pinpoint shooting from Leveille, Yevoli, and Bucktooth to break down a daunting Hopkins slide package. Hopkins got great efforts from Paul Rabil and Greg Peyser, but in the end the difference was between solid Cuse keep Coluccini and lukewarm Hopkins' Schwartzman.

STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Sophomore attackman Mike Leveille scored four goals, while redshirt freshman goaltender Peter Coluccini totaled 16 saves as fifth-seeded Syracuse (10-4) defeated fourth-seeded Johns Hopkins, 13-12, in the NCAA Division I Men's Lacrosse quarterfinals at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium. The Orange will ride a nine-game winning streak into its 24th semifinal appearance against either Virginia or Georgetown next Saturday, May 27, at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

The victory against Johns Hopkins marked Syracuse's 23rd consecutive NCAA quarterfinal triumph and improved the program's all-time quarterfinal record to 25-2.

Johns Hopkins (9-5) led 4-3 at the end of the first quarter. All three SU attackmen scored in the first quarter. Brett Bucktooth netted the Orange�s first goal off an assist from freshman midfielder Dan Hardy at the 10:49 mark. SU took six shots, before Bucktooth was able to find the back of the net.

Joe Yevoli dodged his way through the Hopkins defense for SU�s second goal with 5:02 remaining in the first quarter. He then found sophomore attackman Mike Leveille on a strong cut which tied the score at 3-3 at the 3:47 mark.

Paul Rabil, Jake Byrne, Brian Christopher and Greg Peyser all tallied goals for Hopkins in the first period.

The second quarter belonged to Syracuse. The Orange outscored Hopkins, 5-1. Yevoli fed Bucktooth to tie the score at 4-4 with 9:45 remaining and Leveille gave SU its first lead, 5-4, with an outside shot off a pass from freshman middie Matt Abbott.

After a JHU timeout at the 9:05 mark, Leveille tallied back-to-back goals, the first off another great cut and feed by Hardy. Leveille's fourth goal of the day was scored when he spun left away from the Blue Jay defense to create space. His shot on the run gave the Orange a 7-4 lead with 3:22 remaining in the first half.

SU led by three goals again, 8-5, after junior defenseman Steve Panarelli netted his fifth goal of the season. His transition goal was shot into the lower left corner of the goal past JHU goalie Jesse Schwartzman on a man-down situation with 2:03 remaining in the second quarter.

The Orange improved its record to 8-0 this season when leading at the half.

Coluccini gained more confidence as the game wore on. He recorded 13 of his 16 saves in the second half.

Hopkins made it interesting near the end of the third quarter with two-straight man-up goals, one by Drew Dabrowski and the other by Rabil to inch within 8-7 with 5:55 left to play in the period.

SU responded with the next four goals, three of which were registered by freshmen (Pat Perritt, Hardy and Kenny Nims) to give the team a five-goal cushion, 12-7.

No cushion is ever safe against the Blue Jays and they came back by winning faceoffs and getting goals. Stephen Peyser, Jake Byrne, Greg Peyser, Kevin Huntley and Rabil each scored goals in the final 8:49 to pull Hopkins within one goal with seconds ticking away. Greg Peyser's final heave from about 30 yards away took a hop on Coluccini, but landed in his stick for the game's final stop.

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YES!
    by (#121865) on 5/20/06 @9:47PM
beat-em when it counts!
 
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Woh i forgot
    by (#117456) on 5/20/06 @10:34PM
After seeing Hopkins play this year i forgot they were the defeanding champs.
 
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    by (#135016) on 5/20/06 @10:53PM
me too, I kept thinking it was UVA
 
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GIVE THEM A BREAK!!!
    by (#106160) on 5/21/06 @9:33AM
They graduated all those seniors last year...I think they had a great season considering how young they were. I have no doubt they'll be back stronger and hungrier than ever next year!
 
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No Break, Cuse even younger!
    by (#135796) on 5/22/06 @1:18AM
They start a freshman in goal and have two freshman on first line mid and two more on second line. Watch out next year when they return Rommell and Brooks and get a top-notch face-off guy back. Their top two middie lines will be amazing and Leveille will have a chance to dominate at attack.
 
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ya brooks!
    by (#135489) on 5/23/06 @7:21PM
hardy should switch to attack next year to get them levielle and nims there and then midfield should be brooks perrit rommel defense stevey p and guads and someone new and then pete in the cage that team will be loaded next year
 
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CUSE!!!
    by (#127925) on 5/21/06 @1:52AM
Cuse is normally a team who does win when it counts...coach desko may have a younger team than in the past but his knowledge is what makes the probably feel like they've been in this type of situation before...but honestly JHU's offense isnt the same since KH left, plus unlike Cuse...Hopkins didnt find someone who could replace the essence of the KH factor and swagger...GO CUSE'...UVA is gonna be extremely tough
 
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UVA?
    by (#135016) on 5/21/06 @2:36AM
personally, I think G-town might be-able to pull of an upset, there's probably a few peole that might agree with me. i know th ecahnces are slim but it could happen.
 
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agreed-
    by (#121865) on 5/21/06 @7:32AM
if not the hoyas then definitly cuse... but UVa is definitly the most powerful team out there...
 
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Upset
    by (#134841) on 5/21/06 @6:00PM
Some upset. 20-8 UVA. No doubt in my mind UVA is the champ this year
 
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un true statement
    by (#127925) on 5/21/06 @9:09AM
i made an untrue statment about JHU...now yes they arent the same without KH...but they did some good recruiting and actually have some great players...CUSE just has better ones when it comes to the end....
 
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(no subject)
    by (#103345) on 5/21/06 @11:39AM
well i guess it just wouldnt be the same if jhu won every year, plus this was their rebuilding year after KH and all those seniors. Watch out next year, though!
 
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(no subject)
    by (#103345) on 5/21/06 @11:39AM
well i guess it just wouldnt be the same if jhu won every year, plus this was their rebuilding year after KH and all those seniors. Watch out next year, though!
 
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just face it
    by (#131846) on 5/21/06 @2:37PM
Bret Bucktooth and the 'Cuse attack are nasty
 
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i called this
    by (#131846) on 5/21/06 @2:35PM
'Cuse is back and strong they on a role and and Gorgetown/Virgina better keep and eye out or the orange will tkae it this year
 
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Absolute Facts!
    by (#96158) on 5/22/06 @9:35PM
-Virginia Has a Better Goaltender
-Syracuse Has a Better Attack Unit
-Virginia is a Better groundball Team
-Syracuse is a Better Coached Team
-Niether Team Has Home Field Advantage
-This is going to be By Far the Best Game of the Tournament
 
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I agree with giving hopkins a break
    by (#135910) on 5/22/06 @10:47PM
He's right...hopkins lost all those seniors that helped them win the title... yah they had a bad game against cuse but wait till next year...they're going all the way...AGAIN
 
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r u kidding
    by (#131846) on 5/23/06 @9:17PM
why cant people think that Cuse is just a really good team instead of coming up with excuases for hopkins, the cuse D was nad still is under rated alos the Syaracuse attack will pick any team apart but Virgina is going to be a big test
 
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