Syracuse Outguns Army 19-15

Syracuse Outguns Army 19-15

Syracuse Outguns Army 19-15

Syracuse Outguns Army 19-15

Syracuse and Army both opened up their seasons Saturday in the Carrier Dome in exciting fashion scoring 34 goals in all. Syracuse won 19-15, but Army showed that they are a team to be reckoned with and gave the growing Patriot League the respect it perhaps deserves. It took a 6 goal push late in the game to give Syracuse the edge it needed to erase all doubt and ease into the final minutes of the otherwise exciting back and forth game.

Arriving to the game a bit late due to traffic, I entered the Dome seeing that Syracuse had already commanded a 3-1 lead with about 10 minutes left in the first quarter. I later learned that Mike Powell had begun the scoring for Syracuse and later went on to match his career high point total with 8 (3g, 5a). Being so used to seeing SU dominate weaker opponents at home, I was pleasantly surprised to see that Army was not backing down. They fought back and took the first period as their own leading 5-4 after goals from midfielder Marko Kostovic and each of their starting attackmen.

The second and third quarters went by with 18 goals scored; with lead change after lead change as each team struggled to gain control of the seesaw battle. Neither team seemed to be able to establish any dominance up until very late in the third quarter. Until then Army had been able to thwart any attempt Syracuse made to regain a controlling lead, but Tewaaraton candidate Sean Lindsay ripped a shot from out top to put the game at 13-13. From here on Syracuse kicked into high gear and scored 5 more unanswered goals, with Army finally responding with only 3:14 left in the fourth quarter. Leading 18-14 Army surged back with one more goal from Jake Couch, but it was too little too late. With only 2:02 left in the game Syracuse notched one more to put it out of reach. The goal which stuck out in my mind was Mike Powell’s leaping one timer, opening the second quarter, that was fed to him as he jumped in the air after receiving a pass from attackman Brian Nee all starting from a long clear. The crowd definitely got into this one, but it seems everytime Powell touches the ball people are rising from the seats to make sure they don’t miss one of his blazingly fast stutter steps or spins.

In the losing effort sophomore attackman John Walker came out with 6 points for Army all coming in the first three quarters. Give goalie Matt Darak credit as well. He faced 54 shots in all which computes to a pretty high save percentage.

Syracuse’s rotation of Steve Panarelli, Don Vidosh, Scott Ditzell, and Dan DiPietro answered a lot of questions people had about their defense. From my seat I saw a lot of talent that just hadn’t gelled yet. The freshman Steve Panarelli seemed to live up to the hype surrounding his talents, but certainly more games are needed against stronger opponents to prove anything. It was also clear after talking with a few people after the game that no one expected an Army team to come into the dome and score 15 goals in the way they did. Army did use the slow down offense at times as many teams have in the past against SU, but they were just as willing to take it hard to the cage. Look at the score and tell me if you think they succeeded. It’s tough to say that either team played well because any time you give up 15 or more goals in a game it can’t be good, but there were many bright spots for both teams on both sides of the field. I was very impressed with Army’s physical play and offensive firepower and Syracuse’s youngsters showed they are ready to carry on the tradition of winning into the 2004 season.

Syracuse faces off against Virginia next weekend who recently lost to Air Force in a major upset. This game has become early season tradition for the two teams and should be a great game of lacrosse. Army heads home to face rival Air Force and try and discredit their win against UVA.

The announced attendance of Saturday’s game was 5,765.

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Opening game...wow
    by (#68136) on 3/01/04 @6:06PM
This was a great way to start off the season with some of the best played lax around. I attended the game and was just so happy with the level of lax played. As an avid Syracuse fan, I'm proud they came out with a victory. Army played an awesome game, however and had 'cuse on their heels but the Orangemen put forth their best game forward during the fourth quarter. The young Syracuse defense showed some inexperience but they'll most likely improve. Michael Powell...wow..is no doubt the best player in college lacrosse right now. One play that sticks in my head is in the fourth quarter where he splits two defenders to take the goalie one on one only to lay it off to a teammate who had wide open net. Earlier in the game, Powell takes a leap for a high pass, catches it and shoots and scores all before landing on the ground. Im going to have to give John Walker for army some props too because he's a player that is also ahead of his time. Overall just a good opening game. *Id also like to thank Air Force for upsetting Virginia*
 
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SU Defense?
    by (#66577) on 3/01/04 @7:59PM
howd it look. I know inexperienced but some details if you can....
 
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    by (#68136) on 3/02/04 @5:24PM
I think their defense showed some good potential. They could have stopped a lot of goals had they not let Army slide up the crease but as young defenders they'll learn how to adapt to certain playing styles. They wised up later in the game and really didn't give up many goals. Pfifer also played some awesome net as he but he is the most experienced player on the Syracuse defensive end. But overall, I think a lot of people aren't predicting Syracuse to make the Final Four but I think they got it.
 
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MVP
    by (#55043) on 3/02/04 @7:09PM
ok who do u think that the tewarton award is going to this year? give sum good reasons 4 ur guy,no1 better jinx Tillman johnson
,GO UVA
 
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johnson
    by (#66577) on 3/02/04 @8:48PM
I say its going to Johnson. Hes hands down the best goalie in lacrosse. There are two other goalies with better save percentages, but their schedules cant touch UVA's. I personally think he should have had 1st team AA since his sophmore year. The only thing that could get him is the regular season. Hes a post-season player; you cant get a ball past him when the crowd is chanting his name. However that may help the other three contenders are Powell Harrison and Boyle (according to IL, and I happen to agree with them). Boyle, hes an amazing feeder, probably the best in the game right now, but you have to score some goals as well if your gonna be an attackman who earns this prestigious award. Harrison can get it done. Hes quick, smart, and the kids got an amazing shot on the run, But without Donegar to take off some pressure this year, his numbers wont be as high I think. Powell is Tillman Johnsons main concern right now. I know there are hundreds of you Powell haters out there but Mike is sick, hes incredibly nasty. Everyones read that SU is going into this season "fired up" and its led by Powell. He can feed, he can score, and he can break the ankles of any defenseman on him. (I know i'm gonna get a lot of criticism for that comment but it's true). He needs 62 points to break his brothers record at Syracuse this year and if he does it within the time needed, I think he'll get it over Tillman Johnson. But I think the best goalie in lax is gonna get it other wards. 70 points is a lot to get with the attention he deserves. So its 1)Tillman Johnson 2)Mike Powell 3)Kyle Harrison 4)Ryan Boyle
 
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idiots
    by (#35775) on 3/03/04 @2:01PM
Johnson already has losses against AF and Denver. For him to win it, UVA has to go undefeated the rest of the way.

Air Force and Denver?

Danowski is an immediate candidate. He'll single handedly carry Duke this year...
 
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    by (#66577) on 3/03/04 @7:52PM
saturday will be huge with this race. Virginia needs a big W right now, and for Syracuse to beat the National champs would be a huge confidence booster early in the season. You're right though, thoes two losses could have a big effect on Tillman Johnson's chances.
 
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No awards for Tillman
    by (#41662) on 3/03/04 @9:23PM
Even though he is typically up and down during the regular season and has made his reputation on one incredible postseason, you have to think the 2 losses to second tier teams have to hurt Johnson and any other UVa player's chances at individual awards. This team looked sluggish against Drexel, maybe it wasn't the air in Denver, maybe these guys just read too many of their own press clippings this past off-season.
 
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yea
    by (#64099) on 3/03/04 @9:43PM
i would definately have to agree with you on that, it seems like they maybe got a little complacent, but fortunately its early in the season, it may serve as a wake up call to them b/c they definately have the talent to repeat but the desire may not be there this year.
 
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player of the year
    by (#64099) on 3/03/04 @9:47PM
I think if/when powell breaks his brothers' record, he is more than likely to win it, and if 'Cuse wins the UVA game it will only bolster his chances even more
 
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    by (#47133) on 3/04/04 @5:04PM
i think it will be mikey powell then tillman then harned JHU represent!
 
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    by (#62357) on 3/10/04 @8:22PM
Syracuse are really bring their "A" game this year. Same with Army and Air Force and most of the other teams this year. I personally think SU have a pretty good chance this year with their killer offense and the same goes to Hopkins. But i think the team who wins this years title will deserve it. But then again, most teams that win a division title do deserve it.
 
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    by (#69643) on 3/19/04 @7:28PM
Syracuse is Freakin' Great! Yeah yeah uh huh uh huh. BEEEp
 
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