Men: Syracuse Throws Rutgers in a Headlock, 16-8

Men: Syracuse Throws Rutgers in a Headlock, 16-8

Men: Syracuse Throws Rutgers in a Headlock, 16-8

Men: Syracuse Throws Rutgers in a Headlock, 16-8

I didn't get there until a couple of minutes into the second quarter because I came from the Brown/UPenn game, but the scoreboard said it all. Syracuse was up six to nothing and I watched Powell drive through three defenders to the front of the net. He drew the flag, but he managed to find Pat Kennedy for a 7-0 lead. That was pretty much the story of the game. It was reminiscent of a Harlem GlobeTrotters game. Winning didn't seem to be the important thing, rather, scoring highlight type goals and looking good was the object. It's probably because Syracuse is that good and Rutgers is that bad. Reguardless of the score, Syracuse brought the best out of Rutgers and they never gave up. There has got to be something said for that.

The contest was also marked by some very physical play as players took their cheap shots when they could. There is no love lost between these two squads. For example, Syracuse attacker Devin Darcangelo followed a ball out of bounds and an stopped short by the line. An unidentified Rutgers defender took the opportunity to rail him square in the back. There was a definite nastiness to the game.

Scarlet Knight attacker, Keith Cromwell, proved again that he can play with anyone, as he had a strong showing against the best team in the nation. Rutgers goalie, John Martino, also was impressive as he stood calmly in the face of what must have looked like on-coming traffic to a rabbit on the freeway.

I didn't get much of a story, but I did stand in the rain and get to take some pictures for you all.

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Springers
    by (#1080) on 4/16/00 @1:53AM
Well, Ridgewood kids always did hate to play in the rain. Had it been sunny, I would expect the two Springers to account for something like 10 points total. What is keeping Rutgers from becoming a D-I power? ? ?
 
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What's holding Rutgers back?
    by (#394) on 4/16/00 @8:33AM
Tom Hayes!
 
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Nelson should be the man
    by (#150) on 4/16/00 @4:25PM
I think Scott Nelson at Naz deserves the shot. He was a former Rutgers assistant and is a proven recruiter who can win. It needs to be a younger guy who will stick around long term and build Rutgers into a winner. I think Rutgers is the type of program that can be a winner with the right person. Scott Nelson is the man for the task.
 
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Juggernaut
    by (#86) on 4/16/00 @10:14AM
Let Andrew DeCicco take over and see what happens! Probably the same thing that happened to Cornell...we'll see their true potential! Bring back the Rutgers juggernaut from the 80s...
 
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DeCicco
    by (#764) on 4/16/00 @2:39PM
Hell yea! He was my one-on-one coach at a camp and a coach at the Rutgers camp and he is a great motivator. He also knows a lot about lacrosse and particularly offense. Under his system, I bet stars like Keith Cromwell will shine even brighter.
 
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Another coach
    by (#394) on 4/16/00 @7:06PM
I had the pleasure of working with "Doc" Dougherty who used to be the head at Adelphi when they were a D-I, D-2, and D-3 power. He has the ability to motivate and teach like very few I have seen in lacrose (and I've been involved for almost 30 years as a player and coach.) He also doesn't have the ego that often times gets in the way. Every kid in the program has value and every kid who is interested is given the opportuntiy to try. As a coach I have met several college coaches, Shillinglaw, Martin (at OWU in the early '80s), and Hayes who had their boys, but couldn't go beyond a cetain level bcause their pride got in the way. This is somewhat sour grapes, but an important consideration because when the players are good enough to play at that level they should be expected to perform or go. Or if there is a kid who has potential they should be given a chance to sit down with the coach.

Dougherty is one of those coaches. Look at the interview in Lax Mag from last year(?) and you can begin to see what kind of guy "Doc" is. He's not young, he hasn't coached in awhile, but my experience coaching with him in Vail was incredible. It was obvious he still knows the game and keeps it simple enough to beat anybody on any day. I don't don't know Decicco well and so can't comment on his abilities as a Head, but why not.
 
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wait a sec
    by (#302) on 4/17/00 @2:02AM
He is the coach at Garden City High School if my memory serves me, it can be checked in the face off magizine.
 
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Rutgers vs Syracuse
    by (#2311) on 4/17/00 @2:42AM
Even though Rutgers lost this year to the Orangeman, it has been since 1994 they have beaten us on our own turf, including fall-ball. People seem to forget the success Rutgers has had with Syracuse.
 
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who cares
    by (#2205) on 4/17/00 @11:27AM
Bottom line is every year Cuse goes to Byrd, while all the Rutgers kids are drinking their faces off in the parking lot.
 
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Thats.....
    by (#86) on 4/17/00 @2:39PM
Thats what i'm talking about! If they can handle 'Cuse, clearly they have the potential to be a very, very good team. If they are not being consistent performers for Hayes, let 'Cico take them to the next level. He may not have the pedigree that other coaches have, but he is a former Rutgers stand-out who is true to the school, the program, and lacrosse in general. If anyone can squeeze out the Rutgers potential, its a guy who's been there both on the sidelines and between the restraining lines for Rutgers and knows what the lay of the land is like.
 
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That brings us back to Scott Nelson
    by (#761) on 4/18/00 @1:02PM
DeCicco definitely needs to be part of it to make it a winning program as soon as possible. But Scott Nelson needs to be at the head. He knows how to deal with the public, the recruiting, the headaches, etc. Andy could then focus on building strong relationships with the players and coaching the attack, and on toying with the goalies during warmups.

Nelson had some brothers who were real studs at Syracuse in the '80s, and he was a good player himself. Maybe he's got some leads on some good recruits from the Syracuse area. After all, EVERYBODY can't play for Syracuse.
 
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syracuse will kill rutgers for the next 3 years
    by (#2361) on 4/19/00 @11:53AM
syracuse is a much better club than rutgers, and it has always been that way. RUTGERS IS A JOKE BALL CLUB!, syracuse will win the national chapionship.
 
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'cuse
    by (#2515) on 4/24/00 @12:24PM
amen to that!!!!
 
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'cuse
    by (#2515) on 4/24/00 @12:25PM
amen to that!!!!
 
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Rutgers VS Syracuse
    by (#2089) on 4/21/00 @10:01AM
Rutgers was incrediably lucky that Syracuse did not beat them 25-2!!!! rutgers stands no chance and does not deserve to even play on the same field as Syracuse!!! Syracuse will walk over every team in this years tournament and win the Championship!!!
 
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