Coming out of the gate firing, the Orange used an 11-0 run in the first half to blow open the game against Rutgers, eventually winning 22-9. The scorer’s book was littered with new names as ‘Cuse Coach John Desko emptied the bench against the Knights. After posting 15 goals in a battle with #1 Cornell, then 22 goals dominating Rutgers, the Orange seem a different team than the offensively inept unit of earlier this year. The question will now become, which Orange offense shows up over the next three games.
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Eleven different Syracuse players scored at least one goal as the 18th-ranked Orange (4-6) rolled to a 22-9 victory against Rutgers (4-5) at the Carrier Dome on Sunday, April 15. SU's 22 scores was the most since it put up 24 goals against Georgetown back in 2000. Junior attackman Mike MacDonald and sophomore attackman Kenny Nims led the way for SU with four goals each. The win kept alive SU's hope for at-large invitation to the 2007 NCAA playoffs.
MacDonald's four tallies were a career high and Nims' four goals matched his personal best. Sophomore Greg Niewieroski (3 goals), junior Mike Leveille (2 goals), graduate student Greg Rommel (2 goals) and junior Brendan Loftus (2 goals) also had multiple scores against the Scarlet Knights.
The SU offense exploded for eight goals in the game's opening quarter, including the last five of the period, to turn a 3-2 lead into an 8-2 margin at the end of the stanza. The Orange's eight tallies marked the team's highest goals total in any period this year. Niewieroski and Nims each registered a goal and an assist in SU's five-goal spurt. MacDonald also netted his first score of the season during the run. It was his first goal since his freshman year in 2004.
The Orange continued its scoring barrage in the second quarter, netting six more goals to increase its consecutive goals spree to 11. Rutgers' Chris Doctor scored off a feed from Mike Dugan with 12 seconds left in the half to end the SU run and make the score 14-3 at the intermission.
Five Orange players tallied at least two goals in the first half. Rommel, Leveille, Niewieroski, MacDonald and Loftus combined for 10 of the team's 14 first-half scores. Loftus's two goals in the opening half tied his career high.
The halftime break did nothing to slow down the Orange as Niewieroski opened the third-quarter scoring with a right-hand rocket from 10 yards out to put SU in front, 15-3, 1:23 into the second half. Rommel's brother, Jeff, notched his only goal of the game with 13:05 left in the quarter for Rutgers, but Nims tallied consecutive goals eight seconds apart to push SU's margin to 17-5 at the 12:07 mark. After a tally by Dugan, SU ripped off the last four goals of the quarter, including the first career goal by freshman Joe Coulter, to take a 21-5 lead into the final period.
SU senior Craig Hammond punctuated SU's scoring binge with his first career goal with 6:27 left in the game. Matt Gaines recorded the final two goals of the contest for Rutgers to produce the final score.
Every active SU player saw action against the Scarlet Knights, and freshman Nate Tucker made his first career appearance and was credited with the first point of his career when he assisted on MacDonald's fourth goal of the game, which came with two seconds to go in the third period.
Freshman goalie Al Cavalieri replaced sophomore Peter Coluccini prior to the fourth quarter and made three saves in a little more than 12 minutes of action. Sophomore walk-on Nick Huertas played the final 2:42 of the contest between the pipes for SU and stopped two shots. A game after stopping a personal-best 22 shots, Coluccini made seven saves in three quarters of work to earn the victory.
Syracuse continued its 2007 dominance on faceoffs, winning 24 of the game's 34 draws. Senior Danny Brennan led the way with a season-best 11-for-13 performance at the "X."
Gaines, Doctor, and Dugan each scored twice for the Scarlet Knights. Bill Olin started in the cage for Rutgers and played 18:35 before being replaced by backup Peter Pantages with the Scarlet Knights trailing, 11-2. Lyle Farrar also saw time in the cage for Rutgers. He played the fourth period and finished with one save.
With the win, the Orange improved to 21-2 all-time against Rutgers in games played in Syracuse.
The Orange returns to action on Friday, April 20 when it hosts No. 2 Albany at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome.
RUTGERS UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The No. 20 Rutgers men's lacrosse team (4-5, 2-2) was defeated by No. 17/18 Syracuse, 22-9, Sunday afternoon at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. The loss, RU's largest margin of defeat this season, snapped the team's two-game win streak.
The 22 goals scored by Syracuse were the most scored against RU this season and the most since Virginia netted 24 against the Scarlet Knights on March 16, 1999. Rutgers did out-shoot the Orange, 48-45, including a season-high 17 fourth-quarter shots. Three Scarlet Knights scored multiple points, and freshman Justin Pennington (Flemington, N.J.) had two assists in the game to extend his streak of games with at least one point to nine.
Syracuse got on the board quickly with a goal by Matt Abbott 44 seconds into the game. The Orange then took a 2-0 lead when Steven Brooks scored a man-up goal at the 12:21 mark in the first quarter. Mike Dugan (Summit, N.J.) got RU on the board with a man-up goal less than a minute later to cut SU's lead to 2-1. Syracuse took a 3-1 lead but Taylor Bottar (Syracuse, N.Y.) scored his fifth goal of the season to bring SU's lead back to one goal (3-2). That would be as close as the Scarlet Knights would get in the game as Syracuse's offense went on to score five unanswered goals to take an 8-2 lead at the end of the first quarter.
The Orange opened the second quarter with another six unanswered goals. Freshman Bill Olin (Horseheads, N.Y.) started the game in goal for Rutgers but was replaced by Peter Pantages (Roseland, N.J.) after Syracuse scored its eleventh goal of the game at the 11:25 mark. RU got back on the board when Chris Doctor (Skaneateles, N.Y.) scored with 12 seconds remaining to make the score 14-3 at the half. It was the first of Doctor's two goals in the game.
Syracuse opened the second half with a goal by Greg Niewieroski, but RU's Jeff Rommel (Syracuse, N.Y.) responded with an unassisted goal for the team's fourth score of the game. Dugan scored his second goal of the game to bring the score to 17-5. The Orange went on to close out the third quarter with four-straight goals and entered the final quarter of play with a 21-5 lead.
Rutgers out-scored Syracuse in the fourth quarter, scoring four goals to SU's one, as RU made its second goalie change of the game, inserting Lyle Farrar (Lexington, Va.) at the beginning of the quarter. Doctor opened the quarter with his second goal of the game. Matt Gaines (Abingdon, Md.) scored the final two goals of the game, his ninth and tenth of the season, but the Orange went on to win, 22-9. RU's three goalies combined for nine saves, including four each by Olin and Pantages.
Mike MacDonald led Syracuse in scoring with his career-high four goals. Five other SU players also scored multiple goals while starting goalie Peter Coluccini made seven saves and allowed five of RU's nine goals.
The Scarlet Knights will return to action when they host ECAC opponent Penn State on Sunday, April 22, at 12:00 p.m.
|Kenny Nims||(4, 1)|
|Mike Macdonald||(4, 1)|
|Greg Niewieroski||(3, 1)|
|Mike Leveille||(2, 1)|
|Greg Rommel||(2, 1)|
|Steven Brooks||(1, 2)|
|Dan Hardy||(1, 1)|
|Brendan Loftus||(2, 0)|
|Matt Abbott||(1, 0)|
|Joe Coulter||(1, 0)|
|Craig Hammond||(1, 0)|
|Steve Babbles||(0, 1)|
|Nate Tucker||(0, 1)|
|Peter Coluccini||7 (0.583)|
|Al Cavalieri||3 (0.429)|
|Nicholas Huertas||2 (1.000)|