Minutemen Outlast Syracuse 16-15

Minutemen Outlast Syracuse 16-15

Minutemen Outlast Syracuse 16-15

Minutemen Outlast Syracuse 16-15

The suspense of the April 30th UMass vs. defending champion Syracuse sequel lived up to its promise. Down 13-14, Syracuse had scored three in a row, but failed to convert on back-to-back EMOs at the six-minute mark. UMass’ Sean Morris rallied behind the cry of 4038 strong to tip the game (and Tewaarton vote) by closing the deal at 1:15 giving UMass the 16-15 edge.

Both teams were well-matched and at times demonstrated balanced, well-disciplined ball movement. UMass’ Jeff Zywicki showed little mercy finding the net six times (1a) while starting goalie Efosa Guobodia demonstrated dynamic athleticism.

Game brief
The Minutemen dictated the lion share of game momentum with the Orangemen trailing with a narrowing-4-goal-to-0-goal differential. The true tournament test came in the final minutes of regulation for both teams.

UMass’ top gun senior Sean Morris who had been unusually timid on the trigger navigated the crease with the precision and steady hand of a veteran admiral leading his fleet to a familiar shore. Failure was not an option, especially with nearly one minute on the clock.

By contrast, the defending champions squandered several key opportunities with less than six minutes on the clock. While UMass did perform up to tournament standard, they hardly faced the same team gunning for the crown a year ago.

The game, the season for that matter revealed a more human side of a program built on what seemed to be Mount Olympus. This time, Cinderella’s shoe was two sizes too big. Despite the combined season 153 goal-effort of Crockett, Leveille, Bucktooth, and Brooks, it wasn’t enough in the end. Whether you are in uniform or in a suit, you don’t need a coach or manager to point out the simple truth that you can’t confuse effort with results.

The 2004 offense of Powell, Crockett, Knee, and Lindsay generated 227 goals in one season. And while the game averages for 2004 and 2005 varied by only two goals per game, the more immeasurable metric was far greater. In 2004, you didn’t have just one bankable closer, but several.

Experience, leadership, and trust don’t always come in blue chips nor is it guaranteed with age. And then there is the issue of who will rise to the occasion and fill in the leadership gap. You can’t possibly ask your goalie to shoulder such responsibility. It’s the wrong pair of shoes for the wrong job. Senior SU keeper walks away with tournament tokens and perhaps an opportunity at redemption in the pro-afterlife in a path similar to Tillman Johnson’s (post) senior season(s).

The test of this rising northeast squad will come when David will meet Goliath next week.

Game detail
No. 8 UMass and Syracuse were tied at 11 SOGs a piece in the first quarter with the Minutemen outscoring the Orangemen 4-2. UMass goalie Efosa Guobodia out-saved his Syracuse counterpart 8-1 in the first half. Syracuse won the face-off at the whistle. Midfielder Jarett Park managed a shot on goal. One minute later UMass attackman Jeff Zywicki rolled the right side crease and shot past Pfeifer’s left hip at 12:59 (1-0). Teammate Brett Garber followed up with a goal from up top taking Pfeifer between the dime hole at 11:20 (2-0).

Syracuse responded with two goals. UMass defender Jack Reid was called for pushing. Attackman Brett Bucktooth got the EMO goal on a low riser from top left that hit upper 90. Steven Brooks is credited with the assist at 10:15 (1-2). The Orangemen scored their next goal off of transition with a save from Pfeiffer square on his chest. Pfeifer found long stick Scott Ditzell on the clear who then dished off to Brian Crockett who lined up top for a top left shot at 6:01 (2-2).

UMass rounded off the first period scoring with two goals. Zywicki plowed through a high double and took Pfeifer on the off pace right hip shot at: 59 (3-2). Minuteman Chris Doyle got his 15th goal for the season off an assist from Sean Morris. Doyle found the lower right corner of the net with 11 seconds (4-2).

UMass edged out SU 3-2 in the second period with the Orangemen out-shooting the Minuteman 15-8. SU won the face-off but UMass defender Matt Garcia caused a turnover. Sean Morris scored his 40th goal of the season with an incredible off-pace shot. Morris survived a wall of low defenders and managed to get a behind the back shot off the ground (5-2) at 13:44.

SU rallied for two goals three minutes later. Greg Niewieroski found Brooks from X. Brooks screened Guobodia with his defender and went top left (3-5). Bucktooth brought the minuteman within one when he scored on a left hip shot as he rolled the crease at 7:59 (4-5).

UMass capped off the period again scoring two goals. Jake Deane assisted Zywicki on a transition goal at 7:49 (6-4). Sean Morris passed to a very quick Brian Jacovina who used the screen in front for righty hip shot that clipped the post (7-4) at 5:42.

The third period was the most goal-prolific for both teams with a combined output of 13 goals. SU out-scored UMass 7-6 while the Minutemen out-shot the Orangemen 19-9. UMass opened the scoring with a lefty bouncer from Connolly at 13:29 (8-4) giving the Minuteman their largest margin of the game.

SU’s Brooks assisted Greg Rommel on his 23rd goal of the season at 11:30 (5-8). Morris scored for UMass at 30 seconds later off an assist from Brian Jacovina (9-5). Syracuse’s Brian Crockett scored one of his three third period goals hitting the lower left corner at 10:52 (6-9). Jarett Park passed off to Mike Leveille behind the cage the set the pick for Leveille to roll the crease to tease the slide, which freed up Rommel in front. Rommel found the back of the net on a lefty hip shot (7-9) at 10:12.

UMass and SU traded one goal a piece one from Zywicki (10-7) and then Bucktooth (8-10) on a lefty-left hip goal at 6:04. Recchione capitalized on the late slide on a drive straight for a UMass goal at 5:35 (11-8).

Crockett scored twice to narrow the margin to one (10-11) but the Minutemen responded with two of their own (13-10). SU’s Niewieroski as he jumped over defender Jack Reid’s head and hit lower left corner at 1:02 (11-13).

Syracuse out-scored UMass 4-3 in the fourth. Their inability to convert on two EMO goals and the UMass last minute goalie change stifled their ability to pull out the win. Zywicki scored his fifth goal of the game with just over a minute into the period (14-11) off a behind the back assist from Sean Morris. Syracuse replied with two goals from Mike Leveille who hit upper 90 on his first goal and then caught the late slide for his second goal bringing SU within one (13-14). Zywicki scored yet another and his last goal, his sixth goal, of the game. SU’s Rommel was called for slashing. Zywicki caught Pfeiffer on the side step for the dime hole goal at 6:01 (15-13).

The Orangemen Rommel cut down the lead by one goal with a goal of his own (14-15). It was Brett Bucktooth who delivered with the low-to-high riser equalizer at 3:06 (15-15). Senior Sean Morris had other plans for how his possibly last game would turn out. Morris took the goalie on a bouncer (16-15). UMass called two more timeouts while SU sent two on the ball with each time in. The speed and positioning of UMass’ Brian Jacovina helped set up the success of the stall. The Minutemen ran out the clock and advance to the next round with a 16-15 solid win over defending champions Syracuse.

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syracuse
    by (#79336) on 5/15/05 @7:04PM
What is the deal with syracuse this year? They are really sucking. Good thing they dont lose any of there good players for next year
 
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   Good team but by 5/15/05 @7:06PM
      don't worry by 5/15/05 @10:04PM
         good (nt) by 5/16/05 @5:24PM
         Need players on the field not a # (nt) by 5/19/05 @12:34AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:27AM
         thats wrong by 5/16/05 @1:02PM
            Truth is hard to hear sometimes. by 5/16/05 @1:22PM
            once again by 5/16/05 @3:01PM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:27AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:28AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:28AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:28AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:28AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:29AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:29AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:29AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:29AM
      Did you watch the game? by 5/16/05 @11:30AM
      Go To Guys, Crocket, Bucktooth (nt) by 5/16/05 @3:03PM
      No. 22 by 5/18/05 @1:31PM
      I agree by 5/20/05 @3:33PM
   what?! by 5/15/05 @8:16PM
      Jake Myers by 5/15/05 @9:01PM
         so what? by 5/15/05 @9:20PM
      Pfiefer had a horrible year by 5/15/05 @11:11PM
      if u have noticed pfeifer sucks by 5/16/05 @5:27PM
   what by 5/15/05 @8:48PM
   Nothin' compared to Princeton... (nt) by 5/16/05 @1:02PM
Good game..
    by (#93389) on 5/15/05 @7:11PM
well I guess Hops are happy its UMass instead of Cuse in the second round. It should be alittle less pressure for them.. I highly doubt that they will be defeated anytime soon, now that the voodoo team (SU) is out. Hops and Duke in the final..
 
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   I don't think by 5/15/05 @9:09PM
   Hopkins is in for a tough day. by 5/16/05 @12:52PM
      Petro by 5/16/05 @3:05PM
         Petro is an arrogant SOB by 5/16/05 @3:17PM
            petro by 5/16/05 @3:20PM
               Are you kidding? by 5/16/05 @3:31PM
                  Good enough to win ... by 5/16/05 @3:53PM
                  In my opinion... by 5/16/05 @5:24PM
                     YOUR AN IDIOT by 5/16/05 @7:24PM
                        Read . . . before you hurt yourself by 5/17/05 @10:16AM
                        Speaking of being an idiot... by 5/18/05 @12:21AM
                           or you could spell out all the words by 5/19/05 @12:33AM
                        Do You Know What a Terps is?? by 5/19/05 @12:31AM
                  are YOU kidding? by 5/16/05 @5:53PM
                     (no subject) by 5/17/05 @9:36AM
                     Hey moron . . . by 5/17/05 @10:21AM
                  Crazy kid..your simply crazy by 5/17/05 @12:37AM
                     Maybe so . . . by 5/17/05 @10:25AM
                     Coaches... by 5/17/05 @11:43AM
                        Absolutely by 5/17/05 @2:10PM
                        Coaching vs. Talent by 5/18/05 @9:13PM
            Truth about JHU by 5/19/05 @12:39AM
         Coach vs. Coach by 5/18/05 @9:14PM
      (no subject) by 5/17/05 @5:48PM
      Does tough day mean JH leads 16-7 early in 4th? by 5/21/05 @1:55PM
         It's about time by 5/21/05 @2:22PM
nobody could create
    by (#46134) on 5/15/05 @7:41PM
cuse had plenty of guys that could put it in the net...bucktooth, leveille, rommel, and brooks were all real solid finishers...but nobody could make things happen, no quality dodging. when you have brian crockett handling the ball most of the time, you're going to lose games. nobody could create for them this year.

 
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   yeah by 5/15/05 @8:55PM
to quote first round predictions
    by (#103345) on 5/15/05 @7:51PM
to quote first round predictions " wouldnt it be appropriate for the streak to end at 22 when there is no 22 on the roster?" im kindof lovin this, but remember jhu fans when two years ago umass played jhu in quarters and almost pulled the upset? it was a pretty cheap game though.
 
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   key word: ALMOST pulled the upset (nt) by 5/15/05 @8:15PM
The streak is over.........
    by (#49967) on 5/15/05 @7:54PM
Eh.......all good things come to an end sooner or later.....for the first time in 22 years you know a Syracuse team will not be in the Final Four....how many of us were born when that last happen?
 
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   And Princeton.. by 5/15/05 @8:17PM
   I was born then... (nt) by 5/15/05 @11:59PM
   uva wasnt in last year (nt) by 5/16/05 @3:06PM
      So what?? by 5/16/05 @4:28PM
         I am going by 5/17/05 @9:05PM
no orange
    by (#103345) on 5/15/05 @8:01PM
since im 14, there is one year in my lifetime when an orange team has not won the championship, my birth year 1991. and at like 3 months old i didnt even know what lax was. sorry uva fans, but i dont even want an orange team to reach the final four, so go navy, jhu, and i hope jhu wins it all!
 
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   Please do some research . . . by 5/16/05 @1:06PM
      I beleive he's referring to the color orange by 5/16/05 @3:07PM
   UNC won by 5/16/05 @3:08PM
   thats not what i meant by 5/16/05 @3:09PM
      wow.. come on man by 7/02/05 @7:18PM
Umass vs. Syracuse
    by (#97948) on 5/15/05 @8:46PM
I went to the game and even though the score was close, Umass had the momentum the whole game. Syracuse just looked terrible and now i know why they had such a bad season. I do feel bad for Pfeifer b/c he is really good goalie and never got a chance for an All-American. Mikey Powell got it last year for 'cuse. Even though i was routing for umass, i wanted Pfeifer to do better than he did. I hope 'cuse does better next year, but i doubt that will happen.
 
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   Pfeifer by 5/15/05 @8:57PM
      ehh by 5/15/05 @9:57PM
   I was at the game... by 5/16/05 @12:02AM
'Cuse
    by (#7471) on 5/15/05 @10:14PM
they were definitly not the Orange of old but come on i dont think anybody attributed this win to the great play of Umass. This UMass squad played a great game and they have played well all year. i dont feel they will get past the next round because of Johns Hopkins but regardless of next weeks outcome they have had a great season.

P.S. Go Terps
 
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exactly
    by (#47133) on 5/15/05 @10:41PM
no gait, no lockwood, no powell = no cuse
 
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   your right by 5/20/05 @3:38PM
UMass vs. Syracuse...
    by (#103301) on 5/16/05 @12:13AM
It is a disappointing to hear virtually no one attribute this victory to the quality of the UMass team... instead it is attributed to Syracuse being such a bad team this year. I feel that is truly an unrealistic view, sure Syracuse is not the caliber that they usually are, but did you ever consider the fact that maybe UMass can play at a higher level than most people think. I suppose the final score and outcome of next week's game against JHU will determine whether people will actually give credit and respect to UMass.
 
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UMass vs. Syracuse...
    by (#103301) on 5/16/05 @12:14AM
It is a disappointing to hear virtually no one attribute this victory to the quality of the UMass team... instead it is attributed to Syracuse being such a bad team this year. I feel that is truly an unrealistic view, sure Syracuse is not the caliber that they usually are, but did you ever consider the fact that maybe UMass can play at a higher level than most people think. I suppose the final score and outcome of next week's game against JHU will determine whether people will actually give credit and respect to UMass.
 
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UMass vs. Syracuse...
    by (#103301) on 5/16/05 @12:17AM
It is a disappointing to hear virtually no one attribute this victory to the quality of the UMass team... instead it is attributed to Syracuse being such a bad team this year. I feel that is truly an unrealistic view, sure Syracuse is not the caliber that they usually are, but did you ever consider the fact that maybe UMass can play at a higher level than most people think. I suppose the final score and outcome of next week's game against JHU will determine whether people will actually give credit and respect to UMass.
 
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   Umass by 5/16/05 @6:54AM
'cuse will be back.
    by (#99950) on 5/16/05 @3:59AM
no matter what some people may think. 'Cuse will be back. they were having a small rebuilding year considering they did lose the most outstanding attackmen in D1 last year. But Mike Leveille is still only a freshman and look at the numbers he put up this year. And pat perrit is sick, so def look at 'cuse next year to make it back to the final four.
 
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   Pfeifer by 5/16/05 @9:52AM
      well i dunno by 5/16/05 @11:08AM
      wrong by 5/16/05 @1:09PM
         easy tiger by 5/16/05 @1:23PM
         jay by 5/16/05 @3:13PM
            MLL teams carry 2 Goalies!!!!! (nt) by 5/19/05 @12:24AM
         You are wrong by 5/16/05 @9:01PM
            stop and listen for a moment by 5/17/05 @10:04AM
               im replying to Balls2 by 5/17/05 @8:19PM
                  lol ur a retard by 5/18/05 @12:13PM
                     haha by 5/18/05 @9:48PM
                  trickylax22 by 5/18/05 @12:16PM
                     first of all... by 5/18/05 @10:13PM
   Not Coming Back by 5/17/05 @2:10PM
Solvable Problems
    by (#96158) on 5/16/05 @11:33AM
Crockett & Bucktooth had 4 goals each (No go to Players?)
SU's problems lie in these facts: The goalie only makes the expected saves-seldon the exceptional save. Pfeifer let's more weak goals in than big saves made.(and his defense ask's him for far too many exceptional saves)
Midfield (1-on-1) defense and Longpole defenseive slides. Jarett Park is the only short stick who can play ROCK-solid defense--but he needs to be used at the offensive end of the field also. In the days when the this type of defense worked for SU they had much better TAKE AWAY long-poles. Now they push way out off ball and the 1-on-1 man gets beat instead of taking the ball away (and it looks like no one knows who should slide)and when they do they are so far off ball the slide is much too long and too late.
Losing any game at anytime to anyone 15-16 does not point to Offensive problems. I think 22 more final 4's will come and go before there are offensive problems at SU. However, a long hard look, not at the players but, at the defensive philosophy and scheme is more than needed.
Hats off to UMASS for playing great at both ends of the field and out running (The Run and Gun)
GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY.
 
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Solvable Problems
    by (#96158) on 5/16/05 @11:34AM
Crockett & Bucktooth had 4 goals each (No go to Players?)
SU's problems lie in these facts: The goalie only makes the expected saves-seldon the exceptional save. Pfeifer let's more weak goals in than big saves made.(and his defense ask's him for far too many exceptional saves)
Midfield (1-on-1) defense and Longpole defenseive slides. Jarett Park is the only short stick who can play ROCK-solid defense--but he needs to be used at the offensive end of the field also. In the days when the this type of defense worked for SU they had much better TAKE AWAY long-poles. Now they push way out off ball and the 1-on-1 man gets beat instead of taking the ball away (and it looks like no one knows who should slide)and when they do they are so far off ball the slide is much too long and too late.
Losing any game at anytime to anyone 15-16 does not point to Offensive problems. I think 22 more final 4's will come and go before there are offensive problems at SU. However, a long hard look, not at the players but, at the defensive philosophy and scheme is more than needed.
Hats off to UMASS for playing great at both ends of the field and out running (The Run and Gun)
GOOD LUCK THE REST OF THE WAY.
 
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Bucktooth head
    by (#41994) on 5/16/05 @11:53AM
Anyone know what head he is using in the picture?
 
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   looks like by 5/16/05 @3:11PM
      its a.. by 5/18/05 @10:15PM
The Best Game of the Year by Far!!!!
    by (#96158) on 5/16/05 @3:01PM
This was the best --Fast Paced--end to end--Lacrosse Game of the year---If and when UMASS is out of the tourament--it will all change back to the boring over-conservitive--over coached---governer plate restricted version of what this game is supossed to be.
ROLL UMASS ROLL!!!!!! for the sake of all that is good about this game!!! ROLL!!
 
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   you called it boring but... by 5/16/05 @3:17PM
      The 3rd Qtr of this game Blew that away by 5/16/05 @10:31PM
   great words from a great man who wore a great # by 5/16/05 @3:50PM
      Ahhh... I love it... by 5/16/05 @5:30PM
         Bring it. by 5/17/05 @11:57AM
            Lets not forget . . . by 5/17/05 @2:22PM
               Hmmm... by 5/18/05 @12:32AM
               May the Newman as we knew it rest in peace by 5/18/05 @11:25AM
                  WHAT . . . . .NEWMANS GONE???!!?!??!? by 5/18/05 @3:05PM
                     Newman's Center... by 5/19/05 @11:24AM
   Best Game all year! by 5/18/05 @8:46PM
No X-Cuse
    by (#90651) on 5/16/05 @5:07PM
I was suprised when I saw the score - Syracuse is always a big game club. I thought they would rise above their sub=par season and make some things happen in the playoffs.

BUT if you look at the season they had, it is no suprise that they were not up to the task. They beat nobody, and lost to everyone of consequence on their schedule with the exception of Army. I am a big Army fan, but they were definitely one of the weaker teams in the tournament (aside from some of the AQ's). I don't see UMASS being dynamic enough to advance much further, but beating SU once is a fluke, twice is a trend.

Syracuse gets a lot of leeway from the tournament selection folks, and the good people of Lax.com message boards. Which is not to say they didn't belong, but this is definitely not one of the better teams they have fielded. They have a huge fanbase, and bring a lot more fans to the tournament than just about any other team, and that means something when selection time comes around, no doubt in my mind. They are a big part of the sports popularity, and deserve that respect.
 
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   i agree by 5/16/05 @7:59PM
   Nice pictures! by 5/16/05 @9:07PM
illegal mesh???
    by (#79336) on 5/16/05 @9:41PM
There is a picture with a guy one handed cradling left handed with a d man about 5 feet in front of him. The guy cradling has a 9 as one of the numbers on his jersey. His stick looks illegal because he is in the process of horizontal cradling and and little bit of the ball is behind the head on the outside, so the pocket is deep enough for the ball to slide behind the head. Dont call me stupid because i know what im talking about i just am not explaining well.
 
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   i see what you mean (nt) by 5/17/05 @7:02AM
   (no subject) by 5/17/05 @12:32PM
      Hope you enjoyed it by 5/17/05 @2:19PM
         Pull a 'HOP' by 5/17/05 @2:50PM
            Northern Laxer by 5/17/05 @3:29PM
               Your mouth is open wide enough! BOB by 5/17/05 @9:59PM
                  My mouth? by 5/18/05 @2:19PM
                     Great Line BUT by 5/18/05 @7:34PM
                  close games by 5/18/05 @4:23PM
                  WHAT'S YOUR POINT@@@@@ by 5/18/05 @7:11PM
                     You miss alot by not reading, CREASE BOY! by 5/18/05 @7:42PM
               Lets us not forget by 5/18/05 @5:48AM
      lol by 5/18/05 @12:16PM
Pat perrit?
    by (#79336) on 5/18/05 @12:19PM
Is pat perrit supossed to be really good? is he going to be a freshman next year?
 
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   yeah by 5/18/05 @10:22PM
Leveille . . . .you pick the wrong team
    by (#65974) on 5/18/05 @3:25PM
Mike Leveille should be a Minuteman. His brother was a star at Umass and he could have kept the tradition going. To bad for him he picked the wrong team. Sorry Mike we would have loved to have you.
 
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   Easy Decision by 5/18/05 @6:58PM
      His brother was from Upstate . . . by 5/19/05 @11:12AM
   UMASS reunion by 5/18/05 @8:56PM
      I'm calling you on this one ! by 5/19/05 @10:25AM
for jhu- maybe this year but not next year.
    by (#79336) on 5/19/05 @4:42PM
jhu is losing more than 3 great players this year and they will not be as good next year.
 
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zywicki eats orange
    by (#5616) on 5/19/05 @6:10PM
he continually puts his "a" game against syracuse that it almost seems personal.
 
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   Chokers! by 5/21/05 @7:15PM
   A Game by 5/21/05 @7:17PM