Up-State Upset, Syracuse Beats Albany 17-13

Up-State Upset, Syracuse Beats Albany 17-13

Up-State Upset, Syracuse Beats Albany 17-13

Up-State Upset, Syracuse Beats Albany 17-13

Led by Mike Leveille's 5-goal performance, the Syracuse Orange took down the undefeated Great Danes of Albany, 17-13. This game seemed a throwback to the relentless pace of past Dome days. But for as sharp as the offenses looked, the defenses lagged. Loose play resulted in sloppy or oportunistic goals. The Orange were able to take the game over in the fourth quarter to win the much needed contest.


SYRACUSE, N.Y. – In game of runs, No. 16 Syracuse (5-6) made the last one. The Orange tallied the final four goals of the game and held No. 2 Albany (11-1) scoreless for the last 21 minutes and 24 seconds of the contest en route to a 17-13 win on Friday, April 20 at the Carrier Dome. It was the first loss of the season for Albany, and the win improved the Orange’s all-time record versus the Great Danes to 5-0. It also represented SU’s second win against a top 10 team this year, and kept the Orange's hopes of an NCAA Tournament at-large bid alive.

The Great Danes’ final goal of the contest was scored by Jordan Levine with 6:24 to go in the third quarter. His tally tied the match at 13, but SU got a pair of goals from freshman midfielder Max Bartig, and scores by junior MikeLeveille and sophomore Greg Niewieroski to seal the victory.

Leveille finished with a career-best seven points and tied his career high with five goals. He has 13 points in the last two meetings with Albany. He tallied a goal and five assists in last year’s pairing. The Orange also got hat tricks from Niewieroski and sophomore Dan Hardy in the game. Sophomore Kenny Nims achieved a career high with four assists.

Both teams scored on their opening shots of the contest. Leveille drove to the cage and scored right-handed to give SU a 1-0 lead 44 seconds into game. Corey Small answered for the Great Danes on their first possession. After a goal by Albany’s Merrick Thomson, SU registered five of the quarter’s final six goals to claim a 6-3 margin after the first period. Leveille and Hardy each netted a pair of scores in the quarter. Both of Hardy’s goals came from the same spot and were left-handed lasers from 10 yards out.

The Orange added to its lead with two goals in the first minute of the second period. Sophomore Matt Abbott scored an unassisted goal, and sophomore Peter Coluccini helped turn defense into offense with a tremendous save on a quick-stick, point-blank shot by Derek Dale. SU gained possession, raced up the field, and Rommel finished the play with a right-handed sidewinder to put the Orange up, 8-3.

The Great Danes rallied back with five unanswered goals, including back-to-back tallies by Frank Resetarits to tie the game at 8-8 with 3:28 to go in the first half. Junior Mike MacDonald’s fifth goal of the season broke the Orange scoring drought at the 2:38 mark, and SU got scores from Niewieroski and Leveille in the last 12 seconds of the period to take an 11-8 margin at the intermission.

In the second half, Albany showed its mettle again, scoring the first four goals of the quarter to go ahead, 12-11. Resetarits netted the last three goals in the spurt. Consecutive scores by Leveille and Hardy gave the Orange the lead and the defense did the rest, shutting down the Albany attack, after allowing Levine’s third-quarter goal.

Coluccini was outstanding in the cage again for Syracuse. He finished with 15 saves, including several acrobatic stops on point-blank Albany chances to make SU's four-goal margin hold up.

Senior Danny Brennan dominated on faceoffs, winning 21 of his 29 draws. His efforts helped limit the possessions for Albany, which entered the game with the nation’s second-ranked scoring offense. For the game, SU was 22-for-33 on faceoffs.

Resetarits and Thomson combined for 10 Albany points. Resetarits led the Great Danes with five goals. He also contributed an assist. Thomson finished with four points (3g, 1a), as did Levine (3g, 1a).

Brett Queener started in the cage for the Great Danes, but surrendered eight goals in less than 15 minutes of action. He was lifted in favor of backup Dan McKeon, who played 45:14. McKeon stopped 11 shots. Queener finished with four saves.

Syracuse wore all Orange uniforms for the first time this season on Friday. The gesture was in memory of those who lost their lives in the tragic shooting at Virginia Tech on Monday. Their memory was also honored with a moment of silence prior to the match.

The Orange will play its final road game of 2007 at Massachusetts on Saturday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m. The game will be televised live nationally from Garber Field on ESPNU.


Syracuse, N.Y. - Mike Leveille tied a career-high with five goals and added two assists in leading Syracuse past UAlbany, 17-13, in a battle of top-20 teams before 5,384 fans at the Carrier Dome on Friday, April 20.?

Freshman Max Bartig snapped a 13-13 deadlock with 1:06 remaining when he sent a blast to the far side of the net off a pass from the middle by Leveille. Syracuse (5-6) kept its NCAA at-large berth hopes alive with a three-goal third quarter. Leveille, who established a career-high with seven points, had one goal and one assist in the final period. He finished off a fastbreak that was started by defenseman Steve Panarelli, who scooped up a ground ball and found Kenny Nims near midfield.?

UAlbany (11-1) scored four consecutive goals to take a 12-11 lead midway through the third period. Frank Resetarits, who had five goals and one assist, found the net three straight times to put his team ahead. He stole a clearing pass and drove to the cage to tie the contest, and then placed a shot through the goalkeeper's legs.?

The Orange, who have won all five meetings in this series, including last year's overtime decision, would later go back in front on Dan Hardy's extra-man goal, his third of the game. SU's Greg Niewieroski added three goals. Jordan Levine and Merrick Thomson each scored three times for the Great Danes, who entered the contest ranked second in the USILA national poll.?

"We knew how good they were because they played Cornell to a one-goal game," said Levine. "They have a good offense and controlled the face-offs. They gave their best effort. We're disappointed but we have many games to play yet this season."?

In an expected offensive shootout, the first half produced scoring runs by both teams. The Orange ran off four unanswered to take an 8-3 lead with 14:00 minutes left in the second quarter. Matt Abbott fired a shot over the goalkeeper's left shoulder as Danny Brennan won the period's opening faceoff. Greg Rommel finished off a transition play 51 seconds later after SU goalkeeper Peter Coluccini robbed UAlbany's Derek Dale.?

The Great Danes ripped off five straight to draw even at eight apiece. Thomson scored off a rebound for his third goal of the half. Resetarits then netted back-to-back goals, the second as he rolled to the net and connected off Levine's feed. Syracuse broke the tie with three goals over the final three minutes of the stanza. Mike MacDonald hit the top right corner, before Niewieroski and Levielle scored seven seconds apart for an 11-8 halftime lead.?

"We made mistakes at crucial times and gave them second and third chances," said UAlbany head coach Scott Marr. "We just had too many turnovers. With that said, we were still in a position to win the game. We fought hard to get back into the game on several occasions. We just needed a few breaks to go our way."

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all orange uni's
    by (#154810) on 4/20/07 @11:52PM
mean only one thing, they won't lose another game for the rest of the season, and don't bring up last years loss to UVA, that was at the hands of the white chin and visor's.
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   UVA BEAT THE ORANGE FAIR & SQUARE IN 2006! by 4/21/07 @12:24AM
      hah- by 4/21/07 @9:00AM
    by (#136419) on 4/21/07 @12:00AM
Now, if the Orange beat UMASS and Colgate in their final 2 games, they will be 7-6. Even though that is not a great record, that will definitely be enough for them to make the tournament, mostly due to their name, tradition, and strength of schedule. Syracuse just beat the #2 team in the country in Albany, and they beat Georgetown earlier this season. Those wins would end up being huge for the Orange if they win their final 2 games. I think they will win those 2, but UMASS could be a tough test. UMASS is only 5-5 right now, but they have won 3 straight going into their game with Georgetown on Saturday, April 21st.

The Orange's offensive is still great, and, although the defense still needs work, there are signs of improvement there, too. 'Cuses goalie has improved, and he had a solid game vs. Albany.

Personally, I think that 'Cuse is better than their record shows. I saw them play UVA earlier this season. The Orange lost 11-8, but they played UVA very close most of the way. UVA goalie Kip Turner's awesome second half really made the big difference.

If 'Cuse makes the tournament, even with a fair at best defense, I think they could be dangerous. 'Cuse is famous for peaking at the end of the year.
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    by (#136419) on 4/21/07 @12:08AM
Cornell vs. Princeton-This is for the Ivy League title. Due to Princeton's tougher schedule, Bill Tierney's brilliance in big games, and due to Princeton having improved a lot, I am calling the Tigers.

Navy @ Hopkins-Navy hasn't beaten Hopkins since 1974. Both Navy and Hopkins had big wins last weekend and will be hungry for wins tomorrow. The Blue Jays need to win 2 of their final 4 games to be eligible for the tournament. This could be a big game for Navy, too. If they lose to Hopkins and don't win the Patriot League Tournament, it is not guaranteed that they will make the NCAA Tournament. Something tells me that this is the year that Navy finally gets it done. I say Navy wins, 10-9 in O.T.

UMASS vs. Georgetown-UMASS, last season's Cinderella team, is only 5-5. However, they have won their past 3 games and have improved a lot. Georgetown, though, is more talented and has played a tougher schedule. I am picking the Hoyas, but it could be a close game.

What are all your predictions?
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   weekend by 4/21/07 @12:51AM
      IF CORNELL BEATS PRINCETON by 4/21/07 @2:01AM
         Wrong wording! by 4/21/07 @2:04AM
         top 3 teams in the nation by 4/24/07 @9:06PM
    by (#136419) on 4/21/07 @12:10AM
That is, if they keep playing solid lacrosse, Syracuse and Albany could have some serious battles for the top Upstate New York players in future years. In fact, it could become a big rivalry in general.
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Hell of a lift
    by (#42671) on 4/21/07 @4:13AM
Does anybody notice the bending in the dpoles shaft during the check in the photo? siick
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    by (#139861) on 4/21/07 @10:42AM
I'd been waiting for this to happen and I was hoping Syracuse would do it last night. Albany finally loses. Sure, it's great for them to be where they are, but all season I've been thinking they were overrated. Great attackman tandem in Resetaris and Thomson, but I don't think they can hang with the quality teams. They won't get far in the tournament. But hey, they have enough talent to prove me wrong.
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A few thoughts on last nights game...
    by (#48113) on 4/21/07 @11:18AM
First of all this one was all about Peter Coluccini. If you didn't see the game I can't even explain to you how amazing this kid played. He really didn't let in any bad goals, he got left hanging a few times with hard shots in close but a few of his saves were just sick. At the 11:30 mark of the 4th quarter he made a 1 on 1 save that I still can't explain how he did it. Everybody in my section just looked at each other like 'what just happened' becuase we didn't even know he had the ball and then he stood up with it and pretty much shocked everybody. Great game for him.
Another thing was SU's face off man, Danny Brennan . I'm not sure if he's just really good or Albany's guy is not but this kid was insane. The guy won 21 of 29 draws and even the ones he lost, most he still won the draw but got beat on the ground ball. He did make a few poor decisions with the ball once he had it but still, they couldn't have won without what he did.
I thought Panarelli played very careful on D. Not sure if he's still thinking about the Cornell game but he didn't throw much at his men. He did do a good job though on albany's jordan levine. I don't think that kid did anything from up top when being guarded by #11.
The game was very streaky. The first few minutes in the opening quarter were very close and then the rest of the game was all about big runs by both teams. A lot of times I though SU was going to pull away but the Danes fought back pretty hard. Its kinda weird watching albany. I think they're the most unsmooth team I've ever seen ranked so high. They kinda looked like a bunch of scrubs but then they just start pumping goals and really surprise you. Their D actually did a pretty good job. For the amount of talent that SU has individually, they did a great job 1 on 1. They did make some pretty bad turnovers but I think that could be chalked up to SU's riding.
All in all great game, good crowd. I think SU can really make some noise if they make the tourney which they'll probably do.
One last thought, and I can't stress this enough. Albany's goalie, Brett Queener, seriously, somebody has to make him loose those friggin peter pan football pants. Actually, no let him keep them becuase I heard so many funny comments in the crowd that it made my evening much more fun.
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   Queeener by 4/21/07 @11:42AM
      he still played... by 4/21/07 @9:32PM
   Also.. by 4/21/07 @2:08PM
      UMASS WILL BE TOUGH by 4/21/07 @3:17PM
         Yeah... by 4/21/07 @6:13PM
         uva by 4/22/07 @2:32PM
            COULD THIS HAVE BEEN A WAKE-UP CALL? by 4/22/07 @3:55PM
               ACC TOURNAMENT by 4/22/07 @4:19PM
   if i'm not mistaken... by 4/21/07 @9:30PM
      (no subject) by 4/21/07 @11:27PM
The 'Cuse we've been waiting for.
    by (#164439) on 4/21/07 @11:54PM
One thing we all have to keep in mind (aside from all the kinks and knots in the Orange's offense and defense)Is that this is what the Orange plays like almost every year. Sure 'Cuse wasn't the best team earlier in the year, but these guys have really woken up. If Cuse keeps this kind of playing up (with numbers like 17-13, and 22-9) there going to be a force to be reckoned with. Lets just hope they keep it up.

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next 2 games
    by (#165751) on 4/22/07 @3:10PM
First off, 'cuse is amazing. This was obviously a huge win. UMASS and Colgate aren't bad teams but i think 'cuse can beat them, after all, a place in the tourney is on the line.
'cuse:11 UMASS:9
'cuse:12 Colgate: 11
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   not so amazing cuse' by 4/23/07 @1:00AM
      okk by 4/24/07 @8:53PM
    by (#32642) on 4/22/07 @4:36PM
Anybody notice that player for Albany with the black football type spandex shorts instead of the rest of the teams white regular shorts? Whats up with that?
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   yea by 4/22/07 @4:50PM
      thats the goalie by 4/22/07 @4:51PM
         (no subject) by 4/22/07 @9:24PM
   (no subject) by 4/22/07 @5:06PM
   Football Pants.... by 4/22/07 @9:33PM
   goalie by 4/24/07 @3:18PM
   padded? by 4/25/07 @10:49AM
      Padded...... by 4/25/07 @5:10PM
    by (#165350) on 4/24/07 @8:55PM
That Frank Resetarits guy is nasty. I never even heard of him before this season.... maybe it's because Albany has never really been this good.
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    by (#165350) on 4/24/07 @8:57PM
'Cuse is going be a big threat to the top teams in the championship. I think they're going to be seeded poorly and are going to knock off a low seed early on like Duke, Albany, Cornell, Virginia or Hopkins.
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    by (#136419) on 4/25/07 @12:12PM
Well, like I said earlier, it is 2 down and 2 to go for 'Cuse in terms of wins needed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament. And the quest continues this weekend at UMASS. UMASS has very wild fans and will create a very hostile environment for Syracuse. Even though UMASS probably won't make the playoffs this year, the fans and players would like nothing more than to knock rival 'Cuse out of the playoffs.

Personally, I think that UMASS, who has a lot of their runner-up team from last year back, is much better than their record shows. In fact, I think they might be the most disappointing and underachieving team in the country this year. However, just like Syracuse, they have gotten a lot better recently. All together, UMASS has had a pretty good schedule. Here is how their season has gone:

Hofstra-8, UMASS-6 Hofstra is currently #20.
Yale-7, UMASS-6 Yale is just outside the Top 20.
UMASS-11, Harvard-10
Albany-10, UMASS-9 Albany is currently #6.
Brown-7, UMASS-4 Brown is just outside the Top 20.
UMASS-11, Sacred Heart-4
Loyola-10, UMASS-8 Loyola is currently #13.
UMASS-6, Penn State-5
UMASS-11, St. John's-7
UMASS-17, Hobart-12
Georgetown-8, UMASS-7 Georgetown is currently #4.
UMASS-10, Fairfield-7

No, UMASS does not have any quality wins. However, they played all the quality teams they faced very close. I think that, if Syracuse beats UMASS this weekend, they should get some more votes even if they do not move up in the polls. I say that, although UMASS will be fired up, Syracuse will be even more fired up and hungry, because this game matters much more to them. I totally agree with one of the posters above, and I say:

Syracuse-11, UMASS-9

What do you all predict?

Oh, one more thing. If Syracuse ends up winning handily, I think they will get even more votes.
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   Lets Remember... by 4/25/07 @4:36PM
Over-rated Albany
    by (#113210) on 4/27/07 @11:23AM
Albany is a solid lacrosse team but thank god they lost. I went to the Albany-Vermont game and at the end of the first half albany was lucky to be tied. They got out worked out played and out hustled by a much weaker vermont team that they should have crushed. In the second half peanlties screwed vermont's chances but Albany is a bunch of overrated cocky kids. They werent ready to handle good teams like 'Cuse this late in the season and they will have an early exit in the tournament. Go Duke Lax!
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   ACC Tournament!! by 4/27/07 @12:37PM