Commanding 2nd Half Leads Army Over Cuse

Commanding 2nd Half Leads Army Over Cuse

Commanding 2nd Half Leads Army Over Cuse

Commanding 2nd Half Leads Army Over Cuse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Army (2-0) outscored Syracuse (1-1), 5-2, in the second half en route to an 8-6 victory at the Carrier Dome on Friday, Feb. 23. The victory ended an 11-game winning streak for the Orange against the Black Knights, and represented Army's first win in the Dome, and the first time it's beaten the Orange in Syracuse since 1972.

The Black Knights' defense held SU scoreless in the third quarter and the Army attack scored three straight goals to take command of the game. Justin Bokmeyer scored an unassisted goal at the 12:10 mark of the third and Brooks Korvin beat SU goalie Peter Coluccini off a feed from Ryan McClure with 9:25 remaining in the quarter to reclaim the lead in the contest, 5-4. Bokmeyer registered another goal at the start of the fourth period to push the margin to 6-4.

Syracuse rallied with two goals in the span of 39 seconds to square the match at six goals apiece in the fourth. Junior Steven Brooks scored off feed from linemate Greg Rommel with 5:10 left in regulation. Sophomore attackman Dan Hardy tied the game seconds later off a feed from junior Mike Leveille with 4:31 to play, but Army tallied successive goals, one by Ryan Chase and another by Hunter Wakeland 26 seconds apart to gain a two-goal edge. The Black Knights again relied on their defense, holding SU without a goal the remainder of the contest. Brooks and sophomore Kenny Nims each had chances to close the gap down the stretch, but Brooks' shot hit the pipe and Nims was rebuffed on a drive to cage with less than a minute to play.

"I give Army a lot of credit," SU head coach John Desko said after the game. "They were well prepared and did a lot of good things. They recovered well and slid who they needed to slide to. They also got out on the open men and when they didn't get there (Adam) Fullerton came up big for them in goal."

Fullerton, a Liverpool native, finished the game with 16 saves, including nine in the second half and five in the final quarter for the Black Knights.

Hardy led the Orange attack once again with two goals and an assist. Leveille also recorded three points (1g, 2a) and is now one point shy of 100 for his career. Rommel was SU's only other multiple-point scorer (1g, 1a).

The Orange dominated on face-offs, winning 13-of-18, but was unable to generate much offense due to the hot play of Fullerton and 17 total turnovers. Senior Jon Jerome owned the Army face-off specialists, winning 12 of his 16 draws. He also recorded eight ground balls. When SU did possess the ball in the offensive end of the field it registered 45 shots, but just couldn't find the net.

Hardy started right where he left off against Hobart, driving to the cage and threading a shot past Fullerton to put SU in front, 1-0, with 13:22 left in the opening quarter. The Black Knight's defense settled down, though, and held the Orange to one goal the rest of the period. Meanwhile, the Army attack got going, scoring three times in the final six minutes of the quarter, including two in the last 2:55 to claim a 3-2 advantage.

The Orange tallied the only two goals of the second quarter and Leveille had a hand in both. On the first, he fed Rommel, who ripped a laser into the back of the cage to tie the match at the 12:14 mark. Then the Orange turned defense into offense when Hardy intercepted an Army clearing attempt and fed Leveille for a transition goal with 29 seconds to go in the half to give SU a 4-3 margin at the break.

Leveille's goal was SU's last until Brooks' fourth-quarter tally, a span of 24 minutes and 50 seconds that allowed Army to gain control of the contest.

Coluccini surpassed the 200 saves mark for his career in the game. He played all 60 minutes and stopped 11 shots. He now has 204 career saves.

Bokmeyer and Chase each had two goals to pace the Army offense. Kevin LoRusso also finished with two points (1g, 1a) for the Black Knights.

Syracuse will host #8 Virginia in the second game of the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday, March 3 at 2:30 p.m. The first game of the doubleheader features Johns Hopkins against Princeton. Start time for that game is 12:00 p.m.

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Congratulations Army!
    by (#136419) on 2/24/07 @2:16PM
It is great that Army and Navy can compete with and beat the big boys in this day and age! One thing that is so impressive about this is that neither school is close to an easy sell for top players as schools like Virginia, Syracuse, Hopkins, and Duke! In other words, it seems like Army and Navy are doing more with less, and that is always great to see in any sport!
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Equally Important Game For Virginia & Syracuse
    by (#136419) on 2/24/07 @2:22PM
Absolutely! Both teams got upset within the past week, and both teams need a win to get back on track! I'm sure that both teams know this, and they will go full force when they meet in Baltimore next weekend!

P.S.-Having Hopkins vs. Princeton and Virginia vs. Syracuse at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore is huge for the sport, and I hope they do this every year! I know that I will be there, and I think that a lot of tickets have been sold.
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    by (#94560) on 2/24/07 @3:53PM
I guess Marist is a goal better than SU.
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Props to Army; Shameful Syracuse
    by (#155398) on 2/24/07 @4:41PM
This certainly was a strange game, I've never seen a slower game in my life with the exception of maybe the Hopkins-Duke Championship game.

First off, great job, Army's defense. They played very well 1-1, slid well, and their doubles were fast and effective. Fullerton got hot early and just kept denying SU shooters, especially since their placement and shot selection was poor at best. SU's defense did not play terribly, but some of their poles got toasted 1-1 and allowed costly goals. Pete C. played solid but not spectacularly, and should have made one or two more saves, but thats neither here nor there.

SU's offense was puzzling. Army did a tremendous job not allowing their shooters to get their hands free and shoot on the run, and it was wise to put a pole on Pat Perritt, he was silent all game and a complete non-factor. However, I can't grasp how SU can only come away with 4 goals in the first half and not make any significant adjustments for the second half. It was a poor, poor offensive performance.

The one things SU can take away from the game are Jon Jerome's performance at the face-off X, and Kyle Guadagnolo's overall performance. He was all over the place, throwing nasty, effective checks. It reminded me of those great SU defenders of old like Glatzel and Abrams.

With Hopkins losing to Albany, the stage is set for an absolutely bizarre and incredibly exciting, wide-open season. The Faceoff Classic next weekend will really show what "The Big 4" are made of.
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not the slowest...
    by (#16732) on 2/24/07 @6:18PM
cornell-princeton last year 4-3. now that was an absolute chore to watch...
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    by (#114610) on 2/26/07 @5:52PM
I was there. and in the pouring rain too. It was probably one of the the boringest games until the very end, especially cuz some dude behing me wouldn't stop talking.
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    by (#111241) on 2/24/07 @9:08PM
It was great that SNY broadcasted this.
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    by (#142595) on 2/26/07 @12:46PM
nice to see another academy win , but navy is going to put them in their place once more this year. 12 or 13 in a row?
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    by (#150392) on 3/02/07 @10:24PM
WOW! I can't wait for the Army vs. Navy game. Navy will have a run for their money.
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