Syracuse Battles Army

Syracuse Battles Army

Syracuse Battles Army

Syracuse Battles Army

Syracuse(1-0) notched its 700th win overall on Saturday in the Dome defeating Army(0-1) 18-11 in front of 5,653 onlooking fans. Pre-Season Player of the Year Mike Powell led the Orange having a career day of 8 points (5g, 3a). Leading the way for Army was Sophomore attackman Jeff Bryan with 4 goals and one assist. Jay Pfeiffer made his first regular season debut in net and the veteran senior Dominik Nogic was between the pipes for Army. The Carthage connection was an offensive wrecking ball combining for 15 total points in the game.

Battling for the majority of the faceoffs was Chris Bickel for SU and Erik Mineo for Army. This facet of the game was pretty even until the fourth when SU started to dominate as they have in the past two seasons behind the graduated Chris Cercy. SU's freshman longpole Joe Sabasteanski played well and at times was extremely disruptive on groundballs. The longpole for Army E.J. Behrendt also played well showing some good speed in the open field.

Army started the scoring a few minutes in as midfeilder Marko Kostovic found a seam in the SU defense and put it by Pfeiffer. Syracuse answered with a three goal spurt which seemed to rattle Army. After an exchange of goals coming off shots from Mike Powell and Andy Mounce the quarter had expired. With SU leading 4-2 going into second Jeff Bryan beat defenseman Billy St. George for the unassisted Army goal with 12:49 left in the quarter. It was all Syracuse from this point on when they went on a tear of 6 straight unanswered goals. Three of these came with only 0:36 left in half providing a great example of just how explosive the SU offense can be. For the last goal of the half attackman Josh Coffman netted a diving shot from behind the cage with nothing left on the clock sending a demoralized Army squad into the lockeroom to regroup. The score was 10-3 SU at this point. Returning to the action it was clear Army needed to put together a run of some sort if they wanted to have any chance of making this a game. Jeff Bryan quickly got things rolling for Army again with two quick unassisted goals coming off the crease. Then Syracuse got busy putting the game out of reach for Army with a streak of 4 goals putting the score at 14-5. Middie Brian Solliday started the scoring with a nice feed from Mike Powell for the easy finish. Then it was Coffman from behind again with a nice wrap around goal followed by two goals from the deep SU midfield by Tom Hardy and Sean Lindsay. The fourth quarter got started with an Army shorthanded goal by Chris Woods and then a quick EMO score by middie Mike Kamon. A minute or so later and Jay Pfeiffer who allowed only 6 goals on the day was replaced by goalie Alex Mummolo who showed to be strong in SU's two preseason scrimmages. The fourth quarter never really captured the excitement the previous three had. It was clear the game was all out of reach and Syracuse kept it that way by answering any run Army could put together. Syracuse's largest lead of the game came with about 8 minutes left when Steve Vallone put a hard shot by Nogic to make it 17-7. At this point Syracuse began putting in their reserves and soon the clock had expired reading SU 18 Army 11.

Overall the game was clean and exciting to watch. Both teams combined only had 8 penalties. Syracuse led a balanced attack with both middies and attackmen scoring 9 goals combined each. This will have to be a continuing trend as they progress into the tougher games. Returning home to West Point, Army faces off with Denver on March 2nd. Syracuse however doesn't return home again until Hobart comes to town on March 27th. Until then they have five road games including Princeton, Virginia, and Hopkins.

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Jay Pfeifer
    by (#20786) on 2/24/02 @5:23PM
does anyone know how come Alex Mummolo, was it a problem with jay? or just switchin it up?
 
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correction
    by (#20786) on 2/24/02 @5:24PM
*correction* how come Alex Mummolo got in the game*
 
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mummolo
    by (#5971) on 2/24/02 @5:43PM
syracuse wants to try out all of the goalies, so they put him and the othe rgoalie in for the last 10 minutes
 
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how about some pics?
    by (#17739) on 2/24/02 @7:03PM
U guys said that this one would have pictures i wanna see some action!
 
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KOSTOVIC
    by (#17090) on 2/24/02 @8:56PM
MARKO KOSTOVIC IS SICK... HE'LL BE AN AA BEFORE HE GRADUATES FROM THE POINT... WATCH OUT FOR HIM... "THE CROATIAN SENSATION"... DP
 
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atta boy joe.....
    by (#9081) on 2/24/02 @9:51PM
pretty impressed that joe is starting longpole for cuse as a freshman.....i knew the kid had some talent playing against him a few times, but i didn't realize the kind of impact he would cause already....hope he keeps it up....
 
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Freshman Joe @Cuse
    by (#2808) on 2/25/02 @10:15PM
It is awesome that they start him as a frosh and he will become outstanding I'm sure, but he is still a freshman and doesn't compare to Harper at Maryland or Sweeney at Gtwn.
 
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nah
    by (#6322) on 2/26/02 @9:23AM
or cocchi at towson or morris at navy.. they blow all those clowns away!!!
 
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longpoles
    by (#10156) on 2/27/02 @3:01PM
Have not seen Morris yet but Cocci? He is a offensive middie with a long pole and nowhere close to poles at Maryland or Georgetown if you are looking for defense.
 
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that...
    by (#13195) on 2/27/02 @3:12PM
must be why he was Second Team AA last year and is pre-season First Team this year, because he is an "offensive middie with a long pole." Cocchi is by far the best long pole middie in the country, and may be the best defender period. Just ask the middies who he guards this year.
 
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nah
    by (#951) on 2/27/02 @4:54PM
kyle sweeney is hands down the best LSM in the game. this is indisputable.

cocchi may be second, which still isnt too shabby
 
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Have to disagree
    by (#764) on 2/27/02 @4:57PM
You're really going out on a limb with the call that Cocchi is the best defender in the nation "period." I'd have to go with either Glatzel or Koontz on that one (too close for me to decide).
 
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how is that.....
    by (#13195) on 2/27/02 @5:11PM
on a limb at all? He is pre-season First Team. Meaning he is at the head of the class regardless of position. I have seen Koontz before and he is awesome. I know Glatzel very well and know that he is the pre-season front runner for DOTY, and will say that he is absolutely outstanding. But, in my personal opinion, I still think Cocchi is the man among boys. In the end though, we can agree on one thing: all three are great. I say you throw in Howley from Maryland and Baxter from Towson and you've got the best long poles in D1.
 
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Agree with you there
    by (#764) on 2/27/02 @7:45PM
The guys you mentioned are definitely the cream of the crop. First team is basically a lock for Howley, Glatzel, and Koontz (barring any amazing play from another, like Baxter you mentioned or even Damien Davis at Princeton). I was just saying that claiming Cocchi was the absolute best pole might be pushing it, but he is definitely the best LSM in my opinion. Sweeney is good, too, but I'd pick Cocchi over him because of his great in-your-face position defense and athleticism.
 
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best long stick
    by (#7004) on 2/27/02 @8:24PM
I know that everyone is going to disagree but, I think that John Brasko has the potential to be the best defender in the game. Back in 98 he was the best pole coming out of high school and got time at hopkins his frosh year (remember the 99 hopkins defense, ie sickness). Despite being undersized he has quick feet, a flashy array of checks, the BEST stick skills of all the d-man in college, and a sick shot regardless of what postion he plays. Lets not forget who took the ball away from mike powell away at the end of the 4th quater in a tied up regular season game btwn loyola and cuse. Oh yeah Mike Powell pre-season player of the year
 
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brasko
    by (#21673) on 2/27/02 @9:13PM
ok brasko is good, very good but he has absolutely no chance of beating cocchi or sweeny out for first team l;ong pole......he has a great stick , with absolutely no positioning...
 
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Brasko
    by (#764) on 2/27/02 @9:49PM
Brasko plays close, not LSM.
 
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Sweeney
    by (#1384) on 2/27/02 @11:11PM
owns Cocchi. No one wants to go on him.

And one strip on Powell doesn't make someone great. Although i think brasko is nasty - i'd rather have glatzel or mcfarland (umass)

and chris passavia at maryland is the best non-senior d-man in the country.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#1128) on 2/27/02 @11:23PM
Passavia is not even the best non-senior d-man at Maryland. That has to be Michael Howley, who I think is the best underclassmen d-man in the country. Also, in my opinion Cocchi and Sweeney are the two best LSMs in the country. Either one of them could make a strong case for 1st-team AA. However Cocchi is incredibly athletic and makes some sick plays, so my vote goes to Cocchi.
 
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Cocchi
    by (#764) on 2/28/02 @6:59PM
Cocchi can really make those unbelievable plays like you said. One was during the Championship game. The picked up a groundball near midfield, and was swarmed by about three Princeton plays. Cocchi began spinning around in this swarm, and eventually got this awesome shovel pass behind-the-back pass to one of his breaking middies. Couldn't believe it when I saw it.
 
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Brasko
    by (#4391) on 3/01/02 @12:31AM
It really shocks me that someone thinks he has great stick skills. In the 2000 semis vs. Cuse he looked terrible. He threw the ball away when nobody was around him. He took a LONG range shot that didn't have a chance against Mulligan. He tried to pick up a ground ball and kicked it and it went like 20 feet in front of him. He had the weakest stick skills of any long pole on the field that day except maybe Shawn Nadelin. He also got burned by Coffman for a goal. He looked like crap compared to Testa, Abrams, Glatzel, Ceglia and DiConza.
 
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