Cuse Takes UVA in OT

Cuse Takes UVA in OT

Cuse Takes UVA in OT

Cuse Takes UVA in OT

Syracuse freshman Mike Springer started off the action five minutes into the first with a RIP from the upper left. Soon after, Tim Burns, following a sweet over the head takeaway, got shouldered with a questionable penalty, which Virginia was unable to capitalize on thanks to a couple of huge saves by Rob Mulligan. Josh Kaufman capped out the first quarter with two goals coming around from the right, and added an assist with a quick dump to Ryan Powell after coming around from the left. Syracuse bolstered their early showing by being relentless in front of the goal -- constantly peppering Kenney with a barage of shots. Jason Hard finally got Virginia on the board with one minute to go in the first quarter after a drive straight up the middle from the faceoff. Syracuse, always right there to match, did so as Springer scored his second of the game off of a back door cut and sharp cross-crease feed from Powell. UVA countered with twenty seconds to go after Jay Jalbert drew a triple team and dished for a point blank Ian Shure goal. Meanwhile, Cuse's sticks were flying like crazy on defense, with a couple nasty over-the-heads and whirlibirds. The Orangemen did their first damage of the second quarter off a man-up goal by Josh Coffman, which came from a questionable push-from-behind call. Syracuse pumped the score up to 8-4 after they performed what looked like a pile driver on Virginia defender Peter Ragosa during a failed UVA clear and turned it back on Kenney. The second quarter seemed to be when Ryan Powell started having his way with Ryan Curtis by bulling around the cage, getting into scoring position, and waiting for Curtis to throw something behind his back-- which Curtis obliged with a little too often.

But the Cavaliers closed the gap and took advantage of a huge discrepency in time of possession by thwarting most orangemen clears and holding them to little or no posession time for the tail end of the second quarter; it allowed UVA the time to pick their spots, and Drew Mcknight did, with a pair of spectacular drives to the hoop. The teams left for their locker rooms at halftime with Syracuse up, 9-6.

The third belonged to UVA as David Jenkins put on a faceoff clinic, enabling the Cavs to dominate possesion. It didn't help Cuse that they picked that point to start botching clears and losing the ground balls. Curtis started playing some great body defense against Powell, often tossing him to the ground and heading the other way. Abrams was also quietly blanking Conor Gill, but AJ Shannon and Ian Shure picked up the slack, and UVA pulled out a 4-0 third, entering the fourth up by one.

The fourth saw a seesawing trading of goals, with a host of nail biting rips that missed the cage by inches, but nothing connected in the last couple of minutes, and both squads headed into OT. It didn't take long -- after a couple of toss-up midfield possesions, Cuse finally settled the ball on their end, and just like that, Powell lost Curtis with a quick misdirection from behind the goal, made a beeline for the front of the cage and dove with a lefthander to put it behind Kenney. Syracuse 13, Virginia 12.

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Go Orange!
    by (#852) on 3/05/00 @12:33AM
First blood for Syracuse, Redemption from last year's final. Prepare for an awesome year in the carrier dome, Powell on offense and Abrams on 'D are going to be unstopable! Go 'CUSE.
 
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YES YES YES
    by (#854) on 3/05/00 @8:58AM
It's too bad all I could do was listen on the radio but, what a game to start the season. GO CUSE. ALL THE WAY IN 2000!!!!!
 
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Why UVA is going no where fast this season
    by (#890) on 3/06/00 @9:53AM
UVA is all talk and no action. The glory days are over. All the players are cocky as hell and only few can back it up. Going to school with these big headed boys I would know. While some can play and most are better than good, there are many teams (Syracuse, Princeton, UNC...the list goes on and on) that will spank thses cock heads this year. I have school pride and all but I cant wait to see them play Princeton this weekend and lose...badly. UVA you suck!
 
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UNC...
    by (#734) on 3/06/00 @11:54PM
..Will be spanking no one this year. There program has gone straight down hill.
 
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UNC...
    by (#245) on 3/10/00 @8:56PM
Amen
 
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LAXRIPPER can talk
    by (#1000) on 3/08/00 @7:44PM
Lax ripper is one to talk, try out for the team from your friend Ryan Curtis
 
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Ryan Curtis
    by (#890) on 3/08/00 @8:41PM
Nice Curtis...did you forget when you got burned by Powell in the game. You think you are a big man by coming on this .com site and throwing your pittiful name around. Oh I am impressed...the Ryan curtis responded to me. All you UVA players fucking blow. You are all cocky, drug using sons of bitches. Suck a fat one!
 
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LaxRipper
    by (#245) on 3/10/00 @9:34PM
I think I speak for a lot of UVA fans when I say: SHUT THE HELL UP!!! You go to UVA and you're saying stuff like this, Sad. If you think you can do a better job playing Ryan Powell than try out for the team like Curtis said. I might not play for UVA or even go to the school but im a fan of UVA so go back to your corner and stay there for the rest of the regular season. Then come out for the playoffs and watch syracuse lose and watch UVA come out on top for the second season in a row!!!
 
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Laxripper is pathetic
    by (#1000) on 3/11/00 @7:26PM
Hey ripper, last year when we held the national championship trophy, all you held was your little blue ballz
 
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Relax..
    by (#734) on 3/13/00 @11:38PM
..hey maybe you should try some of there drugs and mellow out a bit. Do yourself a big favor before next fall, TRANSFER!!
 
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RIPPER SUCKS
    by (#734) on 3/13/00 @11:40PM
Lets go UVA, Cuse got this one but I got my coins on you guys in the playoffs.
 
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To much hot air here
    by (#1414) on 3/20/00 @8:41PM
Yes it was nice to see the Cuse win. but I think that all this hot air could keep the Dome warm on a cold December night. Why dont you guys let the players play the games and when it comes playoff time the real players (I hope) will come to play. We can see what a healthy Powell can do against Curtis. What happen to Jay Jalbert??? Only one assist??? Guess he did not come to play. Although #24 is the best long stick middy in the D 1 game. As for Mike Springer only a Freshman with good things to come. And Ryan's younger brother Mike soon to wear the Cuse orange.
 
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CUSE is the best
    by (#995) on 3/08/00 @4:25PM
Why is it that "CUSE still remains number 2. They i mean Ryan deserves to be number 1
 
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Mike Springer will rule all....
    by (#1080) on 3/11/00 @1:32AM
Mike Springer is playing his first year at Syracuse, and he scored two goals in his first game. It won't be long before we mention his name with the likes of the Powells and the Gaits. He is by FAR the best pure shooter in the game, and don't be suprised when he makes All-American honors at the end of the season. Syracuse, the future is bright.
 
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lighten up
    by (#734) on 3/15/00 @12:15AM
How much smoke can you blow up one kids ass? 2 goals and you are saying that he has the potential of the Gaits? You are crazy.
 
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