Rutgers Downs Syracuse 12-11 in Overtime

Rutgers Downs Syracuse 12-11 in Overtime

Rutgers Downs Syracuse 12-11 in Overtime

Rutgers Downs Syracuse 12-11 in Overtime

It must have felt great to be a Rutgers lacrosse player Saturday. Not only did they beat the powerhouse Syracuse(7-3) on the road, they also extended their record to 9-2 on the season. Never allowing Syracuse the lead in the game, Rutgers used its first half dominance to outlast the Orange who made a comeback in the fourth to send it into overtime. Jamie Lovejoy (3g,1a), Jeffery Duca(3g,1a), Nick Schmidt(3g), and Ken Springer(2g,2a) carried the team offensively with 11 out of their team's 12 goals.

I got to the game a little late and missed the first couple goals, but the first quarter panned out with both teams notching 2 sending it into the second quarter all tied up. My first impression of the game after sitting there for a few minutes was that Syracuse had not come play. It only took Rutgers one minute into the second quarter to get their first goal from midfielder Nick Schmidt, which was his second straight. Another minute ticked by and Ken Springer (brother of SU attackman Mike Springer) netted one past Pfeifer to give the Knights a 4-2 lead. Rutgers also successfully killed a couple of penalties in the second, which was key because the Orange offense is so potent and loves to feed off extra man opportunities. Syracuse managed to fight back to tie the game up at 4 apiece with 3:35 remaining, but then allowed Rutgers to regain the lead with two quick goals coming only a minute apart before the half ended. At this point, leading 6-4, a pumped Rutgers team really seemed to believe in themselves. I’m not sure what was said in the Syracuse locker room during halftime, but it was pretty evident that they needed to stop turning the ball over. There were a number of times in the first half where Mike Powell made some nice passes to cutting players right on the doorstep and the ball was simply dropped. Credit the Rutgers defense though because they did play tough.

Syracuse opened up the scoring in the second half when freshman Brian Crockett put one past a screened Greg Havalchak. It looked as though that halftime may have given Syracuse a chance to regroup and get things going right, but Rutgers again was able to score the next two goals. With the largest lead of the game at three goals you could see the Knights beginning to use a slow down approach to eat away as much clock as possible. Both teams were able to get 2 more before the final quarter to put the score at 10-7 and sustain the three goal Rutgers lead.

In the fourth, Syracuse was able to cut their three-goal deficit down to zero after goals from Springer, Banks, and Park. Rutgers was able to net one more pushing their lead to 11-10, but Mike Springer tied it up on a great feed from Mike Powell with less than a minute remaining. Riding the momentum of their comeback it seemed as though overtime wouldn’t be in favor for the Scarlet Knights until the last play of the quarter. With 2 seconds left on the clock defenseman Sol Bliss took the ball and tried to send it towards the Rutgers goal and inadvertently hit a Rutgers attackman. Seconds later the flags were thrown. Syracuse coach John Desko was livid and rightfully so, but it was a judgment call by the referee and that’s just the way it goes sometimes. As the overtime began, the extra man unit of Rutgers was able to get settled and run a play discussed during the timeout. As it unfolded Jeff Duca found himself right in front of the cage with the ball and a clear shot on goal. He took it and it was over. Rutgers 12 Syracuse 11.

I think most people will chalk this one up to Syracuse not having their heads in the game, but I feel that this Rutgers team is for real. They may have lost to Army in their previous game, but if they can play the way they did on Saturday come tournament time, they will surely be a force to be reckoned with.

This was Syracuse’s third home loss of the season, all of which have been decided by a single goal. Three away games remain for Cuse and they’ll most likely have to win out if they want to be a shoe in for the tournament in May.

Rutgers hosts Penn State next Saturday and Syracuse travels to Hofstra on Thursday.

Sorry if the story seems a bit jumbled...I’ve been pretty busy lately.

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Big time
    by (#46982) on 4/14/03 @2:19AM
WOW! Im shocked. Rutgers is big time in 03. Stags did a rediculous job. I would assume they are doing what Towson did. Have a bunch of shitty season in a row. Then all the sudden they beat team after team. They might even find them selves in the final four. Forget about the Army loss. Dont forget if you enter the playoffs undefeated its a curse and your gonna loose. They dont have any experience in tourny play. But they can keep a lead on the orange for an entire game, im impressed. (Looseing Tim Horgan to graduation may have stoped them from a national championship.)
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    by (#31907) on 4/14/03 @9:14AM
Can you imagine how shitty it is going to feel to be on the first Syracuse team to not make the Final Four in the past 107 years?

Hard to believe "Player of the Millenium" Mikey Powell with his cool eye-black hasn't been good enough to beat these teams by himself.
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   #22 by 4/14/03 @2:15PM
   Dr. Powell by 4/14/03 @11:26PM
The trend continues...
    by (#20253) on 4/14/03 @1:46PM
Every Powell has lost to Rutgers in OT, or at least has lost to Rutgers, this was just Mike's turn.
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   More than that by 4/14/03 @10:57PM
Weekend Wrap Up
    by (#46862) on 4/14/03 @2:13PM
I went 3 for 6 on my predictions, not that anyone cares. I will take credit on calling the demise at the dome of the Orange peels.

Let us not carried away by considering the Rutgers "big time DI" at this time. Yeah, great win for a program which couldn't have beaten the Trenton State lady-dykes last season.

Unless the Upstate Orange Whips completely fold like the Republican Guard in their remaining games, don't be surprised to see both squads meet again in the post season. I bet it'll be a different game with lots & lots o payback coming from the Powell kid.

Still, I always like to see 'Cuse lose in the tent to an underdog like the Scarlet Letters. In all fairness to their program, they've earned the right not to be referred to us the Garbage Staters anymore...
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Your all a bunch of losers
    by (#9892) on 4/15/03 @1:23AM
honestly get off powells bag you guys dont have anything better to do with you time its not mike powell is to blame its nick schmidt he is too nasty him and the rest of RU are on a rampage for one reason...GOOD COACHING Coach of the year goes to Jason Basso and team of the year goes to the scarlet nights HOLLER STIZZY
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   towson 2002 by 4/15/03 @2:07AM
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   Punctuation. by 4/15/03 @9:41AM
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   Punctuation? by 4/15/03 @9:43AM
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         (no subject) by 4/15/03 @3:34PM
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                     What about Cuse? by 4/16/03 @10:48AM
                        (no subject) by 4/16/03 @1:42PM
                           Stop it.....I am starting to cry over here. by 4/16/03 @2:03PM
                              NIT by 4/16/03 @2:09PM
                                 I also think...... by 4/16/03 @2:16PM
                     Frequent Flyer by 4/16/03 @11:39AM
                        Same old .... by 4/16/03 @1:36PM
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why is it that......
    by (#21337) on 4/16/03 @10:57AM
Hey rogue leader, quad dog, and jimminycrickers, try this!!! Find one of these forums to talk about, and stay away from all the others. No one wants to hear you three b|tch and moan about every division 1 program. Bad mouthing Syracuse isn't going to get you any chicks, are you guys from the island or what???
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   Hey Now by 4/16/03 @11:18AM
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   Take a valium there, tough guy. by 4/16/03 @1:43PM
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      only you I guess... by 4/16/03 @4:12PM
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   Quad Pooch is just causing trouble... by 4/17/03 @8:49AM
      okay by 4/17/03 @12:54PM