The 'Cuse is Loose Against UMass

The 'Cuse is Loose Against UMass

The 'Cuse is Loose Against UMass

The 'Cuse is Loose Against UMass

The #2 Syracuse returned home to the Dome after a slew of three games on the road in dominating fashion as they upended the #8 Minutemen 18-10. The score really doesn't tell the whole story as the Orangemen were up 18-6 as head coach John Desko began substituting virtually everyone off the bench in the fourth quarter. Mike Powell led all Syracuse players with 3 goals and 4 assists. Kevin Leveille and Marc Morley each had 3 goals in the losing effort for the Minutemen. This loss to Syracuse comes one week after beating #3 Georgetown 16-13 on the road and had many SU fans believing the Minutemen would be able to give Syracuse a run for their money. Syracuse in need of a win to clinch a bye in the first round of the tournament clearly had other plans.

Josh Coffman opened up the scoring for Syracuse 32 seconds into the game, but UMass answered right back with a goal by Kevin Leveille off the cross crease pass from Gene Tundo. The highlight of the quarter came off a scrum in the deep corner of the Syracuse zone when defenseman John Glatzel did some magnificent stick and body work to elude the UMass attackmen for the clear. It was one of those plays you just had to see to appreciate. Mike Powell got SU on the board again as he took the ball behind the net and quickly stepped out in front for the easy put in. Still very early in the first, attackman Kevin Leveille evened things up again with a hard shot from the side to beat goalie Jay Pfeifer. At this point it looked as if we were in for a game but, with a little more than halfway into the first quarter things got ugly. With the score knotted at two, Syracuse went on an eight goal unanswered streak, four of which came from midfielders Vallone, Solliday, and Wright. The UMass defense just seemed to be collapsing before the penetrating Syracuse offense. Only towards the end of the half did they gain any sort of momentum back with 3 straight goals sending both teams into the lockerroom with the score SU 10 UMass 5.

As the second half began everyone knew UMass was going to have to get something going quickly. Three SU goals later from Powell, Nee, and Hardy the score read 13-5 SU. What did we learn here? Syracuse is just too good. As if 13-5 wasn't enough against the #8 Minutemen, Syracuse pumped in 5 more after UMass got one score off a debatable shot that needed to be reviewed. At 18-6 Desko started to put in his subs as UMass rattled off 4 straight goals, but it was too little too late. The clock expired with Syracuse up 18-10.

After this performance the Orangeman are flying high as May approaches. If Syracuse can keep up the intensity they play with at home on the road for the tournament there shouldn't be much in their way. Syracuse just completely overpowered UMass with their aggressive style of play at the defensive end and extremely potent offensive. The close defense of Syracuse played extremely well. Billy St.George was punishing oppenents with over-the-head checks all day. While it was clear who was going to come out on top for most of the game, these games are still really fun to watch.

Only one game remains in Syracuse's schedule which takes place next weekend at the dome against Georgetown. Thus far, Syracuse has outscored its opponents 70-31 in the dome this year over the course of four games. UMass finishes off its regular season on the road at Rutgers. The attendance at the Dome friday evening was 5,939.

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umass played poorly
    by (#23888) on 4/27/02 @5:47PM
as a umass fan they need to come up with more faceoffs, basicaly the whole umass team was dormant with the exception of Leveille and Morley
 
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Played poorly?
    by (#19482) on 4/27/02 @8:27PM
Why not give credit where it is due. I was at the game Syracuse came to play and simply outclassed umass. If you were at the game and did not just read a stat sheet you would know Morley did not play well. His three goals were all scored in the last five minutes of the game and were the 8th, 9th.and 10th goals scored by umass. They meant nothing as they were all scored during garbage time.
 
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obnoxious fan
    by (#7001) on 4/27/02 @8:39PM
i was at the game also. Syracuse did play well, but I believe umass also did not have their best game. I was sitting behind the most obnoxious syracuse fan....very unclassy and embarassing for syracuse!! I also think it's unclassy to single out individuals who play poorly. Those who can't play lacrosse - talk up a storm on message boards.
 
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Bummer
    by (#28600) on 4/27/02 @9:33PM
Where were you sitting, I had one myself.
 
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go cuse
    by (#15718) on 4/27/02 @9:09PM
way to go cuse, we need to take it to the playoffs like we are playing now, powell is awsome, its crazy how good this kid is so young in his career i think he might be the best powell yet. This kid is the craziest player i have ever seen i cant wait to see them in the finalls take it all the way cuse
 
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Reality Check!!!
    by (#262) on 4/28/02 @3:26AM
I grew up in syracuse, new york as a huge cuse fan and now i am a student at Umass. For the past two years i've been hearing so much shit about how amazing Umass lacrosse is, and how bullshit it was they didn't make the tourney last year. First off, that was bullshit, they should have been in. Second, Umass is not that nasty. Anyone can seem nasty if they play a weak ass schedule. All this game proved was that Umass, although a quality team and deserving of a tourney bid, is about one of the easiest games on cuse's schedule along with Air Force and Hobart. Umass is a good team and they are going to get better, but Umass fans wake up, Umass is not even close to the same level as cuse yet, and honestly probably never will be! Umass will have fun in the first round of the tourney, but I think that's all she wrote!
 
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exactly
    by (#951) on 4/28/02 @11:56AM
couldnt agree more with that statement. wedgelax knows his shit
 
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perfect
    by (#25819) on 4/28/02 @1:06PM
I don't think that could have been put any better. I think Cuse can do it all this year if they play like they did against UMass and Loyola. And about schedules: I don't think many teams have a harder schedule than the Orange.
go cuse
 
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UMass
    by (#28673) on 4/28/02 @1:26PM
Syracuse did deserve the win on Friday. They came ready to play. When all the cylinders are firing Syr. is a sight to behold. I wouldn't write off a team like UMass. Playing in the Dome is an incredible advantage for the Orange. The crowd is loud, the ball is hard to pick up, and it is very intimidating. UMass after locking up the ECAC AQ may have been flat. The Syracuse goalie also played one of his best games. In the tourney ,however, the conditions change. Every team comes ready to play knowing it's lose and you're out. Without the Dome the opponents can play their game more effectively. Syracuse has to be odds on favorites to win especially after Virginia's latest flops. Syracuse had better keep looking over it's shoulder. Favorites have a way of falling hard. The way this year has gone the tourney is up for grabs. Parity from #2 to #10 is here. On any given day any team can beat the other. By the last posts you would think Syr. just has to show up for the trophy ceremony. If the players think this way there will be an upset in the cards.
 
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Flat?
    by (#262) on 4/28/02 @1:59PM
Saying that Umass was flat after clinching a tourney spot is just an excuse! If they can't get up to play syracuse, the measuring stick of college lacrosse, then maybe I gave them too much credit in my first statement. Playing SU is as close to a National Championship Game as most teams will ever get, and sorry to say it Umass fans but this past friday was as close to an NCAA Championship Umass will see this year.
 
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Wedgelax
    by (#28714) on 4/28/02 @4:32PM
Maybe the reason that Umass Lax can't get up for a game is because their student body is composed of cynical bandwagons like wedgelax. Maybe instead of hopping on Syracuse's jock, he should man up and cheer for his own team. He says he's from Syracuse, but come on, who does he think he's fooling. I bet that front bum's from Canada. He was probably drunk and rolling around in shrubbery when the Umass/Cuse game took place. !@#$ Wegelax, !@#$ him in his stupid @#$! - Magnolia Fan
 
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Big W in ya momma's @$$
    by (#262) on 4/29/02 @2:29PM
First off I'm not cynical, I'm realistic. Realistically Umass is a good team, but even more realistically they're SU's @%#&*. Second big e,I think you mean ya daddy's panties. "How was the service?" Where were you during the game? You were probably peeing on Saabs, oh wait umm! I mean you were probably obnoxiously drunk calling someone a tw@t, and screaming about mayonaise. !@#$ e in ya momma's panties, I'm gonna make you eat my !@#$, then !@#$ out my
!@#$, then eat your !@#$ which is made up of my
!@#$ that I made you eat. "Your !@#$!@# clown shoes."-Wampa1
 
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SU smack talk
    by (#21469) on 4/28/02 @5:33PM

lotsa lip from you upstate meatheads. whotsa matter, you get beaned by a flying orange at Garber back in '89 and the pride hasn't healed yet? DId the gorilla depants your daddy in the parking lot? Intimidated by the academic stature of Massachusetts' flagship state institution of higher learning? Wish you lived in the beauty of Amherst rather than a deteriorating hicksville making air conditioners for $7.00 an hour? C'mon guys, it's just a game - leave it on the field...

bkr
 
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sad
    by (#25819) on 4/29/02 @1:37AM
Now that's really just sad... you can't talk about the lax team at UMass cuz SU beat them, so you have to resort to messing with our location and academics... very unimpressed, especially since you're being quite hypocritical. Saying that we have lip when UMass fans post twice as much garbage as SU fans and then adding some of your own bull. Very sad.
go cuse
 
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    by (#21469) on 4/29/02 @3:06AM

Wot - no ribbing, taunting or yanking yer chain? That's no fun! :D

As far as location, you can always drive to Ithaca, which is almost half as nice as Amherst. :D That's better than I can say living out here in Upper-Suburban-Sprawl, Colorado.

Anyway, the MM's give 'em a good game about every other year...maybe next year they can pull it off if the orange-throwing section doesn't cause too many bench penalties... :P

bkr
 
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ithaca half as nice as amherst?
    by (#25743) on 4/30/02 @8:52PM
First of all, Umass is one of the most boring, ugliest campuses in the country. Second of all, Ithaca is as nice if not nicer than amherst.

I bet mens lax gets cut from the program at Umass within the next 10 years anyway. The school is going downhill, and theyre cutting sports left and right. The mens lax program loses almost as much money as the b-ball team does these days.

Not even the N. Hampton earthy crunchies protesting at the state house will help that school save whatever academic credibility it has left.

Also, why doesnt Amherst get some bars that fit over 25 people? I mean the pub?, Delenos? lets get serious
 
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(no subject)
    by (#27935) on 5/06/02 @12:31PM
I'd agree with you about UMass being boring and ugly, but the lax team won't get cut soon. They cut 7 sports teams this year so they wouldn't have to hold back on the other sports. It was either that, or being mediocre on all the sports.

Does anyone have a money making men's lax team? Not sarcasm... just wondering. I'd imagine it's hard to make $$ off of lax, unless you have stellar attendance, or a TV deal.

And UMass still is a good school, and a good education. Sure, it may not have the presige of Harvard, or one of the other eastern "lap dog" schools, but it's affordable, and an important part of the Massachusetts community.
 
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yow!
    by (#21469) on 4/29/02 @6:32PM

Good lord that all-maroon road uni is fugly! :P

bkr
 
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does this surprise anyone?
    by (#25743) on 4/30/02 @12:59PM
umass is like ithaca....always around the 7th-15th best team in the country but never does anything come playoff time. are you clowns goin to step it up for once?

why doesnt umass play in the football stadium? that field they have is garbage, it looks like a high school field hockey field.
 
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    by (#21469) on 4/30/02 @2:41PM

The football stadium would be nice, but SO MUCH more expensive to run. The only time it makes any sense is to fleece a mob of travelling Syracuse fans, but they haven't even done that in about 6 years. Even Garber seldom seems full. It's too bad there wasn't rooom for adjacent grass and rug fields - the grass was so much nicer...

bkr
 
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why is it expensive
    by (#25743) on 4/30/02 @6:28PM
besides cutting the grass, why would it be expensive to run? Its really just 2 huge slabs of concrete. you dont have to open the press boxes or anything. Just wondering
 
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    by (#21469) on 4/30/02 @9:14PM

I take it you've been to Garber and McGuirk? McGuirk just has way more real-estate to police and to clean up afterward. Even for a small crowd they still have to have enough staff on hand to man all the gates and watch all the dark corners. Not to mention the typical crowds would seem pathetically small in that cavern. (2 slabs of concrete it is...)

The plus side to Garber is that it's central to campus, which makes it easier to attract students. I used to go from class to the wednesday game to another class. It was nice enough before the rug. They only had one game at the stadium the entire time I was there, which had a good crowd and was a nice change - that must have been in 1997.

bkr
 
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