Cuse Uses 8 Goal Run To Come Back On Gtown

Cuse Uses 8 Goal Run To Come Back On Gtown

Cuse Uses 8 Goal Run To Come Back On Gtown

Cuse Uses 8 Goal Run To Come Back On Gtown

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Seven different Orangemen scored during an 8-0 spurt in the second half which helped No. 10 Syracuse come back from an 8-3 deficit on its way to a 12-10 victory against No. 5 Georgetown at Harbin Field. The win snapped a three-game losing skid for SU, which finished the regular season with an 8-5 record. Georgetown is 10-3.

The two teams played to a 2-2 tie in the first quarter. Junior midfielder Sean Lindsay (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Lakeland-Panas) netted both goals for Syracuse during the opening 15 minutes.

Georgetown dominated the second quarter of play. The Hoyas tallied the first four goals to take a 6-2 lead by the 7:32 mark. Trevor Walker scored twice, while Brian Chen and Phil Vincenti also scored. With 1:41 remaining in the first half, senior attackman Michael Springer (Ridgewood, N.J./Ridgewood) fed Liam Banks (Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) for SU's third goal. Georgetown led, 6-3, at halftime. Andy Corno won nine of 11 faceoffs for the Hoyas in the first half and finished 18-of-26 for the game.

Georgetown took its largest lead of the game (8-3) at the 8:19 mark behind back-to-back goals by Neal Goldman in the middle of the third period. That's when Syracuse turned things around and went on its run.

Freshman midfielder Greg Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y./Henninger) sent a low shot past GU goaltender Rich D'Andrea at the 7:49 mark of the third quarter to get things rolling. Freshman Brian Crockett (Yorktown, N.Y./Yorktown) weaved his way through traffic, switched hands and delivered SU's fifth goal at 6:11. Springer pulled the Orangemen within two goals (8-6) with his only goal of the day at the 5:39 mark. On a man-up opportunity, Springer assisted junior Alex Zink (Rowayton, Conn./Darien) for a blast from the right side at the 4:35 mark. With 1:59 remaining in the third quarter, SU made the most of an unsettled situation when Crockett found Banks stationed just outside the left of the crease. Banks buried the shot and tied the game at 8-8. Junior attackman Brian Nee (Cockeysville, Md./Boys' Latin) registered the go-ahead goal, on an extra-man play, with 20.7 seconds remaining in the the pivotal third quarter.

The Orangemen extended their lead to 11-8 after Rommel and junior attackman Michael Powell (Carthage, N.Y./Carthage) found the back of the net at the start of the fourth quarter. Those two goals completed SU's 8-0 run. Powell dished off to Rommel at the 13:25 mark and then scored himself after taking a pass from Springer on a two-on-one and faking D'Andrea at 11:58.

The Syracuse defense held Georgetown scoreless for more than 16 minutes before Goldman recorded his third goal of the game at the 6:39 mark of the fourth quarter to make the score 11-9.

Powell put SU back on top by three (12-9) with 4:29 left to play. He caught a pass from Springer in front of the GU cage and in one sweeping motion, shot the ball around his back and into the goal.

Mike Hammer set up Jordan Vettoretti just 23 seconds later for the contest's final score.

SU goaltender Jay Pfeifer (Towson, Md./Gilman) had his best game of the season with 18 saves. He was one stop shy of his career-high (19 saves vs. Virginia in last year's national semifinals).

Springer finished the day with a career-high five assists and cracked the school's top 20 career assist chart. He is 19th with 69 career helpers.

The Orangemen await their seeding in the 2003 NCAA Tournament. Selections will be announced Sunday, May 4, at 8 p.m. Syracuse is a likely participant in this year's field of 16, based on its winning record, strength of schedule and victory against No. 1-ranked Johns Hopkins on March 15.

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    by (#51866) on 5/04/03 @12:50AM
cuse isn't done yet... i expect big things like always.. this win shows they aren't a team to be taken lightly..i will look for them at Ravens stadium come championships time..
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    by (#41487) on 5/04/03 @12:38PM
Just when you thought teams had a chance the cuse has returned. People don't think that they were not goign to make the tourny because they are and they will be in baltimore with the whole crowd chanting lets go orange. mike powell will lead his team to the promise land once again.
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Not this year, guys.
    by (#31907) on 5/04/03 @1:10PM
The Orange will make the tourney but I wouldn't pencil them in for the Final 4. Just as we told all of the meat-head UMASS fans, A win over G-town doesn't exactly qualify you for team of the decade.....particularly when Gtown really had you on the ropes and just couldn't finish the job. And really.....isn't it pretty sad when we are patting Syracuse on the back for beating a team like Gtown??? How the mighty have fallen.
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    by (#51712) on 5/04/03 @7:25PM
Wow what a choke. G-Town and Umass should start a club or something. Congrats to Syracuse though for pulling it together. As much as i hate them, i have to give them that. Sucks to be Princeton or whoever meets them early
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    by (#52012) on 5/05/03 @8:57PM
how lame was g-town. Cuse proved it is ready for the tourney by dumping on g-towns supposedly 3Rd ranked D (eight strait goals?). Prediction Cuse final four g-town loses big to rutgers.
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Cuse is sick
    by (#44612) on 5/13/03 @8:02PM
Cuse when they play like they should they are the sickest team around and i think come the princeton game in the 2nd they will play up to there potential and suprise all of u
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    by (#65) on 5/06/03 @12:24PM
good teams always find a way to pull it together when it counts. cuse has seen the final four every year since 1982. Pfeifer is comin off his best game of the season, i gotta go with history on this one.
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    by (#39090) on 5/22/03 @1:54PM
i do think strokedout had somthing on this boys Cuse will proval
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