Syracuse Controls Georgetown, 14-9

Syracuse Controls Georgetown, 14-9

Syracuse Controls Georgetown, 14-9

Syracuse Controls Georgetown, 14-9

Syracuse used 10 first-half goals to easily push aside the Georgetown Hoyas Saturday. The Orange had big days from goalie Peter Coluccini (15 acrobatic saves), midfielder Steven Brooks (4g), Dan Hardy (3g, 1a) and Matt Abbott (2g, 1a - and was all over the field). For Georgetown, despite no offensive rhythm, Jame Samperton and Brendan Cannon both notched two goals and one assist.

It's still early, but this game wasn't supposed to turn out this way. It was pretty much all Syracuse from start to finish. One of the big question marks for Syracuse was their play in the goal and their defense. Well, today, both took steps today towards earning some respect. Coluccini was strong in goal, making a bunch of acrobatic saves. Georgetown did manage 52 shots, but got just over half of those on cage with 24. The defense never let Georgetown get into a comfortable groove. While Georgetown did look sloppy at times, throwing balls away and generally not playing as if this game had any meaning offensively, SU didn't make it easy. Maybe this will silence the message board naysayers, at least for a little bit. Syracuse has to step right back up as Johns Hopkins travels upstate to battle next Saturday.

The offense of Syracuse didn't have too much trouble dictating what they wanted to do against the Georgetown defense. The scoring was relatively balanced with senior Steven Brooks stepping up with four goals, pretty much all of which were lazer shots that Georgetown goalie Miles Kass didn't have a chance on.

When asked about the differences between this week and last week, Syracuse coach John Desko was quick to point out that he didn't really think it was too much different. The Orange had trouble finding the net last week against Virginia, not in generating looks. They worked on that a lot at practice. They needed a big day and focus from goalie Peter Coluccini. They got it. He credited the increased intensity and focus of the week of practice for their success today.

For Georgetown, they don't have much time to breathe as they travel up I-95 on Wednesday to take on Delaware, a team that lost convincingly to Albany today. Wednesday should shed some more light on which team is for real and which is a pretender.

From Press Release...

Washington, D.C. – #12 Syracuse (2-2) jumped out to an early lead on #2 Georgetown (2-1) and never looked back, handing the Hoyas their first loss of the season, 14-9. Syracuse scored five gioals in each of the first two periods and the 14 tallies is they most it has had in one game this season. The win snapped a two-game losing streak for the Orange and avenged losses to the Hoyas in the past two seasons.

Junior midfielder Steven Brooks led the Orange offensive attack with a career-high four goals, three coming in the first half. Brook’s previous career-high was three goals, which he achieved twice last season. Sophomore attack Dan Hardy also had four points with three goals and an assist. Sophomore midfielder Matt Abbott recorded a career-best three points on two goals and one assist, both marks tied his personal bests for a game.

Sophomore goalkeeper Peter Coluccini recorded a season-best 15 saves. Junior defender Kyle Guadagnolo marked Georgetown’s most potent offensive threat, attack Andrew Baird, nearly the entire game, holding Georgetown’s second-leading scorer to just one goal. Senior midfielder Jon Jerome was 11-of-17 on face offs.

Brooks put the Orange on top quickly with a goal in the first two minutes of play, but Georgetown tied it up on a goal by attack Jake Samperton. Syracuse scored three goals in the span of three minutes as graduate student midfielder Greg Rommel, Abbott and Hardy each found the back of the cage, putting the Orange up 4-1. Sophomore midfielder Greg Niewieroski scored off a pass from sophomore midfielder Spencer Van Shaack with three minutes to go and Syracuse was ahead, 5-2, after the first period. The assist gave Van Shaack his first career point.

Georgetown scored the first two goals of the second period to pull within one, 5-4, but Brooks and sophomore attack Kenny Nims scored within 34 seconds of one another to maintain a three goal edge for the Orange. Ahead 7-5, the Orange scored three goals in the final 2:05 to take a 10-5 margin at the half. Syracuse’s final two goals came in the span of eight seconds. Brooks scored unassisted with 56 seconds to go. On the ensuing face off junior attack Mike Leveille raced to the cage and fed Hardy on the doorstep with a dazzling behind-the-back pass for the goal.

Syracuse was in control the entire second half, never letting Georgetown get any closer than three. Abbott scored the first goal of the second half to give Syracuse its biggest lead of the game, 11-5. After two goals by Georgetown, Leveille scored with 1:04 remaining in the period and the Orange led, 12-7, after three periods. The Hoyas had trailed by three with five minutes left in the game, but Hardy and Brooks capped their stellar performances with the final two goals of the contest. All eight of the goals in the second half were unassisted.

Syracuse hosts #5 Johns Hopkins Saturday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m.

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good to be back
    by (#97931) on 3/10/07 @10:10PM
im happy to see Syracuse bounce back after two straight losses. Dan Hardy is amazing
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Big Win For The Orange
    by (#136419) on 3/10/07 @10:20PM
After losing to Army and UVA, I think this win was important for 'Cuse. Personally, I think that Syracuse-UVA was actually closer than it appeared. UVA goalie Kip Turner just played out of his mind down the stretch in that game.

Now, 'Cuse faces Hopkins at home next weekend. Both teams are coming off wins today, and it should be a good game.

Did anyone watch the Georgetown women play beforehand? Talk about some hot girls! As long as they are not stuck-up and snobby, that is okay.
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big win
    by (#153670) on 3/10/07 @10:36PM
big win for the men in orange. I wish them luck against Hopkins. Should be a good game. Anyways, Georgetown will hopefully rebound after this loss. I am pulling for them to go far this season... Idk why.
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    by (#155398) on 3/11/07 @12:06PM
A few thoughts...
Panther and Jerome dominated on the faceoffs, it was like they were on a completely different level from the Gtown f/o guys. The SU wing players also played great, and it obviously helped SU dictate possession on the game.
Gtown's extra man units were bad. Real bad. I'm not sure if their EMO unit even scored, they might have gotten one, but the refs sure gave them plenty of chances with some soft calls. Except for Van Schaak's hit in the 2nd quarter, that was a pretty obvious call. On the other end of the field this was the first time the Orange's EMO looked sharp and crisp all year, and they executed well.
SU's D-middies did a solid job stopping some absolutely enormous midfielders. Scott Kocis and Andrew Brancaccio are the biggest midfielders I have ever seen in my life, and I though Abbott, Carrozza and Loftus would have a tough time, but they rose to the challenge.
Speaking of Abbott...saying he was all over the place is a glaring understatement. It seemed like on almost every clear in the second half he was involved, and by involved I mean going coast to coast with the ball, nobody could catch him. He had two great goals and played solid defense, it was a real coming-out party for him.
The SU fans sure know how to travel! It seemed like there was just more of them there, and they were tailgating in full force after a big win.

I'm not sure how the top 10 will shape up after this weekend, but it will be interesting. Hopkins and SU will move up, Gtown and Duke will drop. I'm thinking Cornell at #1, but after that I just have no idea.

Also, anyone whose favorite team has Albany on the schedule this year, be very afraid. They play with great intensity, and their top 2 attackmen are the real deal.
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Could Albany be the UMASS of this season?
    by (#136419) on 3/11/07 @12:23PM
The way they are playing right now, it could happen. They have already knocked off Hopkins, and they just beat a very solid Delaware team. It is awesome seeing so much parity in the game.
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Steve Brooks
    by (#58519) on 3/11/07 @3:52PM
Man Brooks is the Sh!t man! Cant wait to see what hes going to do next!
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(no subject)
    by (#138678) on 3/11/07 @8:26PM
are these games on tv? what network do they show them on?
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    by (#155398) on 3/11/07 @8:29PM
i think this game was televised on local tv only (i know it was on time warner up in Syracuse, i don't know what channel it was on in DC). i was at the game and anyone that wasn't missed a gorgeous day on an impeccable college campus. i go to SU and i'm not afraid to say Gtown's campus obviously shames ours haha
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tv games
    by (#131429) on 3/12/07 @11:35PM
for those who live in maryland this game was on the masn network which looks like their gonna televise a lot of games this season!
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    by (#138386) on 3/12/07 @7:17PM
miles kass and peter colochinni, the goalies for cuse and gtown are way overrated. colochinni had a good game today, but he cant see the ball, just reactions. and kass just wasnt what he was projected to be. he was the number 2 recruit as a incoming freshman
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    by (#131429) on 3/12/07 @11:33PM
ok im a little confused here, how is coluccini overrated? if anything he is always referenced as the weak link of the team.Last time i checked his name was never getting mentioned with the top goalies in D1. i for one was happy about his peformance this past sat, he looked good for the most part. As for Kass im not sure how highly rated he was but give him a break on this game i mean he had little help most of the game.
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    by (#155398) on 3/13/07 @2:29AM
I always hear people talking @*#! on Coluccini. Seriously, I never hear good things, not even from our own student body. But he really worked hard this summer, has lost a lot of weight and is in tremendous shape which has helped his quickness, and has played solid for us this year. He's been consistent and hasn't let soft goals rattle him as much, and thats all we can ask for out of him. It seems to me like the real weak spot of the orange this year has been the offense, but they are certainly starting to right that ship.

As for Kass, I do recall him being soooo highly rated by everyone coming out of high school, and thus far I don't think he's lived up to the hype. But I feel for goalies who get hyped up so much like that; its hard enough just stopping shots, its even harder having to live up to unreal expectations.
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Leif..... Please!!!!!
    by (#96158) on 3/15/07 @4:59PM
I just had the chance to watch the 1st half of this game on TV. Can Leif Elsmo Please discover a different word than "textbook"
Without counting he must have used it 9 times in the first half. SU had a "textbook" man-up; Gtown had a "textbook" clear and then guess what......SU had a "Textbook" fast break.
Leif! Get a thesaurus!!
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