Syracuse Hammers Canisius 20-3

Syracuse Hammers Canisius 20-3

Syracuse Hammers Canisius 20-3

Syracuse Hammers Canisius 20-3

SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Senior captain Mike Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) became the 15th player in SU history to record 200 career points in leading the third-seeded Orange (13-2) to a 20-3 victory against Canisius (10-6) on Sunday, May 11 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Carrier Dome. Leveille finished with a game-high six points (3g, 3a) and now has 202 points (125g, 77a) in his career.

With the victory, the Orange improved to 11-3 in first-round NCAA games and will make its 27th trip to the tournament quarterfinals where it will meet sixth-seeded Notre Dame Sunday, May 18 at Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field. Game time is 3 p.m.

The Irish moved on by beating Colgate in overtime earlier Sunday afternoon. Top-seeded Duke will take on Ohio State in the site’s other quarterfinal matchup.

Tickets for the quarterfinal round are on sale at or in person at the Cornell Box Office. They are $10 for adults and $5 for children and students. All tickets are general admission. No quarterfinal tickets will be sold at the Carrier Dome Box Office.

The Syracuse offense blitzed Canisius, scoring early and often Sunday. The Orange registered three scores in the first five minutes of the contest and jumped out to a 6-0 lead after the first period. Juniors Dan Hardy (Tully, N.Y.), Kenny Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) and Greg Niewieroski (Watertown, N.Y.) each had two points in the quarter. The scoring spurt featured consecutive man-down goals by Niewieroski and Josh Amidon (Lafayette, N.Y.). They represented SU’s first man-down scores of the season and Amidon’s layup was the result of a ground-ball pickup and fastbreak started by Nims.

The Orange tacked on two more goals at the start of the second period before Canisius’ Adam Jones stopped the SU surge with an unassisted goal at 8:06 mark of the second quarter to make it 8-1. After an unassisted goal by junior Pat Perritt (Holtsville, N.Y.) pushed the lead back to eight, the Golden Griffins got a pair of tallies from Michael Blocho to close the gap to 9-3 at halftime.

Syracuse eliminated any hope of Canisius comeback, scoring seven goals in third quarter to claim a 16-3 margin heading into the final period, and it out-scored the Golden Griffins 11-0 overall in the second half to record the win. Leveille had four points in the third quarter, including an unassisted score at the 10:54 mark to reach the 200-point plateau. Freshmen Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario), Joel White (Cortland, N.Y.) and Amidon recorded fourth-period goals to produce the final score. Keogh converted twice in the final stanza.

Overall, 11 SU players found the cage Sunday and seven had multiple goals. Nims totaled five points on two goals and three assists. Hardy had four points (2g, 2a) and his two helpers matched his career best. Amidon and Keogh’s two goals also equaled their career highs. Rookie Jeff Gilbert (Liverpool, N.Y.) made his NCAA debut Sunday and assisted on the final goal of the game to record his first collegiate point.

In addition to recording his 200th point, Leveille also climbed the Orange’s all-time goals and assists lists against the Golden Griffins. He is now tied with Rob Kavovit for 12th in career goals (125) and he passed Josh Coffman, Tom Marechek and Brad Kotz to move into 13th on the school’s all-time assists ledger (77).

Senior faceoff specialist Danny Brennan (Farmingdale, N.Y.) started at the X for the Orange and won four of his five draws. He has 436 faceoff wins in his career, one shy of Chris Bickel for second on the school’s all-time list.

Rookie John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) had eight saves in his first NCAA game. He played the first three quarters before being relieved by Al Cavalieri (Lathrup Village, Mich.). Cavalieri played the fourth quarter and made three saves.

Canisius’ starting goalkeeper Chris Courteau allowed 12 goals and finished with four saves in 36:34 of action. He was removed in favor of Bryan Jack who stopped three shots and allowed eight tallies in the final 23:26.

Syracuse’s 17-goal margin of victory was its highest of the season and it marked the second time in 2008 the Orange scored at least 20 goals. SU scored a season-best 21 against Villanova in the campaign opener on Feb. 17.

The victory improved the Orange's all-time NCAA playoff record in the Dome to 21-1, and Canisius' three goals is tied for the fewest ever scored against SU in the postseason. The Orange also held Army to three scores back in 1996.

Next week’s matchup with the Irish will be the third meeting all-time between the two schools and the first since Syracuse defeated Notre Dame, 12-5, in the 2001 NCAA semifinals.

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Looking Ahead
    by (#155398) on 5/12/08 @1:24PM
I realize that Canisius was considered by many to be the weakest team in the playoffs, but Syracuse's offensive performance was still nothing short of spectacular. Leveille and Nims had yet another big game and many other players contributed big plays and points on the scoresheet. This offense has a lot of depth and they move the ball so well, many times they caught Canisius off guard with quick back door cuts and feeds to the crease, I'd say it seemed like a majority of the goals scored were right on the crease or within 8 yards. Hardy is playing great right now, and the first midfield is just a matchup nightmare for any team, they are some serious horses.
The defense played well in limiting Canisius' opportunities for quality shots, and they played very physical and allowed Galloway to see the ball well and make some good stops.

Next weekend against Notre Dame should be a great game, Kemp looks great for the Irish and they played hard against Colgate. If Syracuse can continue its faceoff excellence, shoot a high percentage, and get an early lead against the Irish, it could be over, as I feel Notre Dame lacks a dominant offensive player than can exert his will on the Syracuse defense and take over the game. Syracuse won't be looking ahead of this game to a potential semifinal rematch with UVA, and I'm predicting a solid win for the Orange
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Syracuse vs. Notre Dame
    by (#136419) on 5/12/08 @2:33PM
If Syracuse sets the tone by going face-paced and builds a decent lead, Notre Dame will be in trouble.
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MAAC is crap...
    by (#16732) on 5/12/08 @1:38PM
they don't deserve an AQ. at the very least there should be a play-in game between the MAAC winner and another deserving team, like GTown this year.
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    by (#142666) on 5/12/08 @2:33PM
Based upon what my eyes tell me, Canisius would struggle against D3 programs such as Gettysburg, Cortland, and SSU.
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    by (#16732) on 5/12/08 @2:42PM
i'm not trying to be a douchebag here, but every single MAAC team that makes tourney gets blown out in the first round every time. providence got plowed by duke last year and hofstra the year before (the score was 14-8 but only because hofstra started screwing around and running some new offensive sets).
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    by (#118964) on 5/12/08 @9:58PM
I agree at this point no one in the MAAC deserves a playoff bid, but the speculation is that the next 20 years are going to really change the sport and the competition within it. Hence the reason for an AQ in a weak conference.

There really should be a play-in round though.
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    by (#7330) on 5/13/08 @12:12PM
I agree that the MAAC is not up to the level of most teams in the tournament, but this being said, Siena who beat Loyola and Harvard, did not even make the MAAC post season tournament.

That being said they should get an AQ and they should expand the tournament by about 4 teams. The selection this year was a joke, UMBC and UVA , Colgate and ND as first round games
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Over before it even started
    by (#185818) on 5/12/08 @5:52PM
This game was over before it even started...Cuse was up 6-0 before Canisius even got started...Cuse is going to blow by ND, ND doesn't have an offensive threat like they did last year in Yeatman (idiot)...even though Kemp is an excellent goalie, their defense wont be able to slow down Cuses offense because they move the ball so quickly and don't rush things...I look for Cuse to treat this team like they treated Canisius a team thats better than them and in order to win, will have to play flawless ball

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cuse all the way
    by (#117375) on 5/12/08 @7:58PM
do i have to say more
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    by (#185582) on 5/13/08 @1:50AM
duke will stomp cuse.
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    by (#185818) on 5/13/08 @10:44PM
Duke won't stop Cuse...Cuse is way to smart and way to powerful on both sides of the field to be stomped especially by Duke...yeah Danowski and Greer are beast but the Cuse defense is stingy and Joe Galloway has actually proven himself in tough'll be a great game but thats only if Duke can get by Ohio St. without getting beat up...go Ohio St. but really lets go Cuse

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This shows nothing
    by (#156889) on 5/13/08 @12:21AM
Cuse got to beat up the worst team in the tournamanet, woopy. Lets see how they fare in te next couple rounds before we hand them the crown.
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    by (#198488) on 5/13/08 @8:45PM
Just like the excitement of the BBall tourney, you need these AQs. Probably not in the near future but eventually one of these teams will knock off one of the tops seeds.
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    by (#180551) on 5/14/08 @8:26PM
Canisius shouldnt have been in the tournament. Teams who can play with syracuse like Georgetown and Princeton should get in
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