Syracuse Squeaks by the Hoyas

Syracuse Squeaks by the Hoyas

Syracuse Squeaks by the Hoyas

Syracuse Squeaks by the Hoyas

Georgetown and Syracuse faced off in their last regular season game on Saturday in the dome. This one turned out to be a barn burner with Syracuse barely squeaking past the Hoyas 15-14. Josh Coffman had a career day with 5 goals and 2 assists to lead the Orangemen while Steve Dusseau contributed 4 goals and 1 assist in the losing cause for the Hoyas. While both teams are shoe-ins for a spot in the upcoming tournament, a win would help solidify a first round bye for both Georgetown and Syracuse.

Georgetown started off the scoring within mintues from the opening whistle as Dusseau and attackman Mike Hammer both got goals off nice shots from out in the front of Pfeiffer. Josh Coffman answered back with a hard shot from out top to score, which got the Orange started on a 6 goal unanswered streak which lasted midway into the second quarter. Coffman's goal was the first of his four points all coming in the first quarter of play. At this point it had me remembering all the other blowouts I had witnessed earlier in the season at the dome. This was not Georgetown's fate however as they answered back with 4 goals of their own. Dusseau led the charge with some spectacular cuts which got him open for some clear shots on net. Micheal Springer scored once more for the Orange on an extra man opportunity with a blistering shot to send it into halftime with Syracuse up 7-6. The hard hitting, high intensity half was the best action the Carrier Dome had seen all year and the fans had the feeling that the second half wouldn't fail to dissappoint. They were right.

As the second half began Syracuse seemed to come out with more intensity than they had even in the first half and went on to score four straight goals started by midfielder Shaun Lindsay's shot after a nice drive to the net. With the score 11-6 Georgetown knew they had to get on the board again and middie Trevor Walker answered their prayers with a hard shot from high up top that got by the mass of bodies clogging the middle and into the net. The rest of the third quarter was a battle with Syracuse and Georgetown both trading goals back and forth, sending the game into the fourth with Syracuse up 14-10. This is when the Hoyas really made a game out of it. Holding Syracuse scoreless for 14 minutes and only a single goal in the last quarter, the Hoyas scored 3 goals 3 to bring the game to 14-13. Dusseau again led the charge having a hand in two of the three scores. The fans were in a frenzy and the play was getting really physical on the field. With 1:18 left in the game Syracuse got a cushion after Tom Hardy fired a shot from out top that just got by Georgetown goalie Scott Schroeder. Trailing 15-13, with no timeouts left, Georgetown needed a goal fast and that's exactly what they got when attackmen Mike Hammer scored with 55 seconds left. With the chance to send the game into overtime, Georgetown got two huge chances to score in the final seconds of the game, but goalie Jay Pfeiffer came up big. After two saves off shots right in front of the net the Orange got the free clear off a Georgetown penalty and Josh Coffman held the ball as the clock winded down and the Orange finished out their regular season undefeated in the dome.

With the win Syracuse will probably get the first round bye in the tournament. The tourney seeding will be announced within a couple days and we'll get a chance to see where the teams fall.

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one thing you forgot to mention
    by (#25819) on 5/05/02 @3:06PM
G-town played really well at the game... Syracuse played unbelievably sloppily... so beating a #3 ranked team after playing so poorly is a pretty good indication of how awesome the Cuse squad is. I give respect to G-town for the game cuz they came in psyched and playing hard, even under the daunting conditions of the Dome. This was truthfully one of the sloppiest and least put together games I've seen the Orange play all season. The defense was in shambles and the offense continually gave the ball over... the only really impressive play came from Josh Coffman and Mike Powell. Hopefully this type of play will be out of their systems now since the tourny is about to begin... I've never seen Cuse screw up twice in a row though.
go cuse
 
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lucky bastards those orangmen (nt)
    by (#30309) on 5/15/02 @10:43PM
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