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
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
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
"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
"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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