Hop No Longer On Top, Lose 14-15

Hop No Longer On Top, Lose 14-15

Hop No Longer On Top, Lose 14-15

Hop No Longer On Top, Lose 14-15

Syracuse, N.Y. -- Junior attackman Michael Powell (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) equaled his career-high with eight points (four goals, four assists) to lead No. 4 Syracuse to a 15-14 come-from-behind men's lacrosse victory against No. 2 Johns Hopkins at the Carrier Dome. It was the fifth-straight game between Johns Hopkins and Syracuse at the Dome that was decided by one goal.

"This was a tale of two halves," said Johns Hopkins head coach Dave Pietramala. "I give Syracuse credit. I thought their guys did a tremendous job both at the X and on the wings. Coming into the game we said for us there were three or four very big keys to the game, one was groundballs. I don't think we won that war."

Johns Hopkins (3-1) dominated play for most of the first half and built an 8-2 lead with 1:56 left to play in the opening 30 minutes. Seven different Blue Jays scored during the spurt.

The Orangemen's fate was reversed when they scored three consecutive goals in a span of 19 seconds before halftime to gain momentum. Powell had a hand in all three goals. He found junior midfielder Sean Lindsay (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Lakeland-Panas) with 19 seconds remaining in the second quarter. Ten seconds later, he caught a pass from senior attackman Michael Springer (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) and safely deposited the ball into the Hopkins net. He further ignited the crowd of 8,024 when he swept the ball past JHU goalie Rob Scherr with just two seconds on the clock. Hopkins' lead was cut to 8-5 by halftime.

Syracuse (3-1) kept its run going in the third quarter, scoring five-straight goals to open the period and take a 10-8 lead at the 2:54 mark. Junior attackman Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md./Boys' Latin) scored three times during the turn-around and Powell had a goal and two assists.

Hopkins finally found the back of the net again with 1:42 remaining in the third quarter. Adam Doneger found Kyle Barrie to pull the Blue Jays to within one (10-9) by the start of the fourth period.

SU was able to give itself a little breathing room when freshman midfielder Greg Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) scored just his second goal of the season to push the Orangemen's lead to 14-11 with 8:28 to play. Hopkins senior attackman Bobby Benson netted JHU's last three goals. He pulled his team to within two goals (14-12) at the 7:20 mark. Lindsay registered his third goal of the contest to put Syracuse ahead 15-12. Benson tallied the game's last two goals, both assisted by Kevin Boland, to make the final score 15-14. Benson finished with five goals and an assist. His fifth goal marked his 100th career tally. He is the 13th Johns Hopkins player to score 100 goals.

Syracuse senior face-off man Chris Bickel (Berwyn, Pa./Conestoga) played a critical role, winning 19 of 33 faceoffs. During SU's comeback in the second and third quarters, he won 11 of 16 draws.

"We showed some heart and had a little spark at the end of the second quarter," said Syracuse head coach John Desko. "It brought us back and made us feel better going into the lockerroom. We knew we were going to have to play a great second half and win some faceoffs and keep the ball on the offensive end of the field and keep pressure on their defense."

"We were very stagnant in the first half, a lot of standing around," said Desko. "I'm not sure if it was the emotion of the weekend (referring to SU's alumni celebration). I told the guys after the game that they didn't have to emulate the '83 team like they did to stage that comeback, but everything worked out OK for the Orangemen today."

The Orangemen play their fourth-consecutive game at home next Saturday, March 22, when they host Princeton in a rematch of last year's national-championship contest. Faceoff is scheduled for 1 p.m.

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      Powell=Lacrosse God by 3/17/03 @6:48PM
         Prestigous? In who's book? by 3/17/03 @10:37PM
            Clueless by 3/18/03 @9:01PM
               Broadcasting... by 3/19/03 @5:03PM
               Get a life... by 3/20/03 @9:15PM
            I agree...kind of by 4/20/03 @7:43PM
   Please explain to me... by 3/21/03 @6:19PM
   New STX Gloves by 3/23/03 @11:04AM
    by (#14132) on 3/16/03 @10:31AM
Mike Powell showed why he and his team are the best in the country. When Mike Powell gets on a role no one in the country can stop him
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   you mean... by 3/16/03 @11:55AM
      Cuse - Hopkins game by 3/16/03 @1:20PM
   Mike Powell by 3/17/03 @1:41AM
      Powell by 3/17/03 @2:57AM
oh well
    by (#28021) on 3/17/03 @9:39AM
I hope JH can rebound from this loss fast. Just like last year a premature #1 spot JH couldn't hold it. I thought Cuse wouldn't be anything this year because of their lacking defense. I was wrong. I still think JH will almost certainly make the semis, but I don't know about them winning it all. I sure hope they do because I think everyone is getting pretty sick with a team in orange on ESPN winning a championship. Wouldn't it be nice to have Cuse as a underdog??
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Here come the Tigers
    by (#31907) on 3/17/03 @12:06PM
Princeton 13 - Syracuse 10. Put it in the books.
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   here come the orangemen by 3/17/03 @3:43PM
      (no subject) by 3/17/03 @4:52PM
      changed your tune by 3/18/03 @8:31AM
         Tune... by 3/19/03 @5:09PM
            Pretenders by 3/20/03 @11:39AM
               what about last year and the year before? by 3/20/03 @9:17PM
(no subject)
    by (#31907) on 3/18/03 @10:54AM
I can't wait to watch Hop collapse under the pressure of Petro's incessant screaming. That guy makes Tierney look like a puppy dog.
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   hopkins by 3/18/03 @11:48AM
    by (#27346) on 3/18/03 @1:01PM
cuse is gonna take a massive fisting from the tigers, wouldnt you agree rogue
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   Well put DMunson by 3/18/03 @1:18PM
      i hear by 3/18/03 @1:23PM
         Hop Off by 3/18/03 @6:26PM
            question by 3/19/03 @9:58AM
               let's go to the video tape ..... by 3/19/03 @1:31PM
                  The Cuse by 3/19/03 @8:18PM