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3) 4-29-11 No. 18 Syracuse scored five consecutive goals to start the second half while holding No. 7 Loyola without a goal for more than 20 minutes to upset the Greyhounds, 10-9, in Baltimore, Md. on Friday, April 29. With its fourth consecutive victory, the Orange improves to 9-7 overall and 6-1 in the BIG EAST. Loyola goes to 13-2, 5-2 in league play.
“We’re a really young team, especially in the midfield,” said head coach Gary Gait. “We had the toughest schedule in the country on the road for the most part. I’m hoping that we learned from that and our freshman grew up a lot. We got the job done today and did what we had to. If that game was earlier in the season, we probably we have let that one get away.”
Sophomore Michelle Tumolo snapped a 5-5 halftime tie with an unassisted goal 1:04 into the second half. That goal started Syracuse on a 5-0 scoring run that covered a span of more than 20 minutes that gave the Orange a 10-5 lead with 8:17 to play. Freshman Alyssa Murray recorded an unassisted goal before senior Tee Ladouceur scored off an assist from Tumolo on a failed Loyola clear. Murray then assisted on two consecutive goals off restarts – the first by Tumolo and the second by junior Sarah Holden, which gave the Orange its largest lead of the game at 10-5.
Loyola’s Grace Gavin halted the Syracuse scoring outburst with an unassisted goal at the 7:19 mark, and Taryn Vanthof recorded two consecutive goals to cut SU’s lead to 10-8 with 1:28 to play. Marlee Paton scored on a free position with 25 seconds remaining to bring Loyola to within one, but that was as close as the Greyhounds would get as the Orange held on for the one-goal victory.
The first half featured back-and-fourth action as neither team could pull away. Senior Catherine Rodriguez netted the first goal of the game on an assist from Tumolo less than two minutes into the game. Caroline Hager put Loyola on the scoreboard with an unassisted goal at the 27:45 mark, starting the Greyhounds on a 4-1 scoring run that gave them a 4-2 lead with 18:04 to play in the first half. Freshman Katie Webster found the back of the net on a shot to the left side of the goal at the 10:35 mark, sparking the Orange on a 3-0 scoring run that gave SU a one-goal advantage with 6:01 remaining. Tumolo and Ladouceur also netted goals during the scoring run to give the Orange a 5-4 lead. Meg Decker recorded the final goal of the first half with 2:46 remaining as the teams went into the locker room tied, 5-5.
Tumolo led the Orange with five points (3g, 2a), while Murray added four points (2g, 2a), Ladouceur had two goals and an assist. One of Ladouceur’s goals came on the first career assist for freshman Amy Cross.
Syracuse outshot Loyola, 23-22. Loyola picked up 18 ground balls to 15 for Syracuse, and held an 11-10 advantage in draw controls. Senior goalkeeper Liz Hogan made six saves for Syracuse. Kerry Stoothoff also recorded six saves for Loyola.
2) 5-3-12 Bobby Eilers netted a career-high four goals and the third-seeded Syracuse men’s lacrosse team (8-7) outscored No. 2 seed Villanova, 9-2, in the second half to run away with a 15-6 win against the Wildcats (8-7) in the BIG EAST semifinals on Thursday, May 3 at Villanova Stadium. SU advances to the championship game of the inaugural conference tournament, and will face off with St. John’s on Saturday, May 5 at 12 p.m. on ESPNU.
“We’ve been stressing playing 60 minutes of lacrosse and this year we have kind of played a good first half or a good second half,” said Syracuse head coach John Desko. “I thought we got 60 minutes of (good) lacrosse, which was our goal. It’s a big win for us, obviously. Now we have a chance to go on to play St. John’s for the BIG EAST Championship.”
Leading 6-4 at halftime, Syracuse and Villanova went back and forth throughout the third quarter before the Orange exploded for the game’s final six goals. SU goalkeeper Bobby Wardwell kept the Wildcats quiet in the final 30 minutes, and tied a career high with 12 saves in the contest.
Syracuse held a dominating 41-22 edge in ground balls for the game, led by a career-high eight by Ricky Buhr. Buhr also led the Orange at the faceoff X, going 11-for-20 as SU won 13 of the game’s 25 draws overall.
The Orange jumped out to an early 2-0 lead with two goals from Eilers, the first coming four minutes into the contest on a shot that beat VU goalkeeper Dan Gutierrez five-hole, and the second when he buried a shot with 4:07 left in the quarter. Villanova answered late in the first as Kevin Cunningham beat Wardwell with 38 seconds remaining.
Syracuse extended its lead back to two just 1:26 into the second quarter as Billy Ward found Luke Cometti, who cut to the cage for the score. After Villanova’s Kevin O’Neil made it 3-2 with a man-up tally, Tim Desko took a feed from Matt Harris, and quickly spun around to beat Gutierrez for a 4-2 Orange advantage with 11:43 left in the first half.
Derek Maltz extended the Syracuse lead to three at 5-2 when converted on a behind-the-back shot off a dish from Desko with less than 10 minutes remaining in the first half, forcing the Wildcats to call timeout.
After the timeout, the Wildcats quickly narrowed the magin to one with a pair of goals. Nick Doherty sprinted around the net to lose his defender and snuck a shot past Wardwell. Eric Garner did the same less than one minute later and found Will Casertano for the score to make it 5-4 SU.
With Syracuse on the man-up and 10 seconds left in the second quarter, Tommy Palasek hit Matt Walters with a pass, who then beat Gutierrez for his third goal of the season to bring the Orange lead back up to two, 6-4, at halftime.
Syracuse made it a three-goal game again as Eilers completed the hat trick in the opening minute of the second half with a bullet from 10 yards out after taking a feed from Desko. After Hakeem Lecky gave SU an 8-4 lead, Cunningham trimmed the SU margin to three with a fast-break goal 51 seconds later.
The teams continued to trade goals during the third as Walters and Scott Loy sandwiched goals around a Jake Rice tally to give the Orange a 10-6 advantage through 45 minutes of play.
Two quick fourth-quarter goals from Eilers and Loy gave the Orange a commanding 12-6 lead with 10:39 remaining in regulation, and Syracuse tacked on three more goals in the last quarter to secure a spot in the conference championship final.
Palasek tied Eilers for game-high scoring honors, netting four points (1g, 3a). Maltz and Desko finished with one goal and two assists each.
Rice and Cunningham led the Wildcats with two points apiece. Rice notched two goals, while Cunningham contributed one goal and one assist. Gutierrez finished with eight saves for Villanova in the loss.
1) 4-26-08 Top ranked Syracuse (12-1) left no doubt early in the contest, rolling to the game’s first nine goals before securing a 16-3 victory against Massachusetts (5-8) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome. It marked the 10th straight triumph for the Orange and allowed the hosts to finish the regular season with an unblemished 8-0 record in the Dome.
Senior attackman Mike Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) led the offensive assault for Syracuse, contributing three goals and three assists on the afternoon. His three net-finders gave him 119 for his SU career, good for 15th on the program’s career ledger. He also moved into 16th in career assists (74) and 16th in career scoring (193).
Senior midfielder Steven Brooks (Libertyville, Ill.) had three goals, junior attackman Kenny Nims (Watertown, N.Y.) added a goal and two assists, and juniors Greg Niewieroski (Watertown, N.Y.), an attackman, and midfielder Pat Perritt (Holtsville, N.Y.) each had two goals to pace SU scorers. Freshman attack Stephen Keogh (Toronto, Ontario) also had two goals. Nine different players found the cage for Syracuse.
Leveille opened the game’s scoring, intercepting a Massachusetts pass deep in the visitor’s territory and finding the back of an open net just 21 seconds after the opening faceoff. The goal extended his consecutive point streak to 52 games, the second longest active streak in the NCAA ranks (Duke’s Matt Danowski has a stretch of 55 consecutive games).
After five minutes of scoreless play, Leveille struck again, this time picking up a rebound on the doorstep and dunking it in.
The Orange then strung together three goals in 2:07 as senior midfielder Brendan Loftus (Watertown, N.Y.) tallied on a one-on-one drive that found the opposite corner, Brooks ripped a left-handed drive into the net and Niewieroski laid one in off a great feed by Brooks.
Syracuse had already built a 5-0 margin and a 13-1 advantage in shots.
UMass’ Ryan Hantverk opened the second quarter by hitting the goal post and the misfire was costly as Syracuse retaliated with two goals in 34 seconds. Brooks beat two defenders to bury a low drive at 13:01 of the second and Nims scored easily off a Leveille’s assist. Perritt and freshman attackman Jack Harmatuk (Syracuse, N.Y.) closed out the first half with goals.
Freshman cagetender John Galloway (Syracuse, N.Y.) was not challenged early but made a number of point-blank stops before his day ended after three periods. He finished with seven saves. Sophomore Al Cavalieri (Lathrup Village, Mich.) finished the game and recorded one save.
Syracuse lowered its season goals-against average to 7.16. It represents the program’s best mark since yielding an even 7.0 goals per game in 1970.
Although Syracuse entered the game with a 26-8 advantage in the all-time series with the Minutemen, the series has been very competitive in recent years. UMass won four of the most recent seven encounters, including a 9-7 decision in 2007 and back-to-back one-goal victories during the 2005 campaign, including one during the NCAA Tournament.
Prior to the game’s opening draw, 13 student-athletes and one team manager were honored in annual senior day festivities.
3) 4-25-04 The San Francisco 49ers made SU defensive tackle Christian Ferrara was the 25th pick in the seventh round (226th overall) and the Kansas City Chiefs continued the selection of SU players by selecting Orange offensive tackle Kevin Sampson with the 20th pick in the seventh round (231st overall).
The last SU defensive tackle to be selected in the NFL Draft was Eric Downing, who was a third round pick by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 2001 draft. Sampson is the first Orange offensive lineman to hear his name called in the annual selection process since Mark Baniewicz was a seventh round selection by the Jacksonville Jaguars in 2000.
SU wide receiver Johnnie Morant was the first SU player to be selected in the 2004 draft when the Oakland Raiders chose him with the 134th overall pick (second selection in the fifth round). Syracuse has had at least one player drafted for the past 29 years. The selection of Morant marks the 29th consecutive year that an SU player has been selected in the NFL Draft. The last time an NFL Draft went through more than five rounds without drafting a player from Syracuse was 1979. At the conclusion of the 2003 NFL season, 27 former Syracuse University football student-athletes were on NFL rosters.
A second-team All-BIG EAST and 2003 ECAC All-Star, Ferrara played in the 79th annual East-West Shrine Game and in the Blue-Gray All-Star Classic. He finished the season tied for third among BIG EAST linemen with 5.2 tackles per game. In his final game as an Orangeman, Ferrara tied the SU single-game record with five tackles for a loss of 22 yards against Notre Dame (Dwight Freeney vs. Virginia Tech, 2000; Antwaune Ponds vs. West Virginia, 1996). His total of 16.5 tackles for a loss of 43 yards is the third-highest single-season mark at SU and ranked third in the BIG EAST in 2003
During his SU career, Ferrara notched 139 tackles, which ranks ninth on SU’s career record list for tackles by a down lineman, and had 30 tackles for a loss of 90 yards, which is fifth on Syracuse’s career list.
Sampson was a member of SU’s offensive line that blocked for 1,000-yard rushers in four consecutive seasons, including two years as a starter. He started every game as a junior and senior and played in every game during his sophomore year. A four-time member of SU’s Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Sampson won SU’s 2002 Bill Maxwell Award winner for the most improved offensive player in spring practice.
2) 4-22-01 For the fourth consecutive year a Syracuse University football student-athlete has been a first round selection in the National Football League draft. Cornerback Will Allen was the 22nd overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. The New York Giants traded up eight spots, from 30th to 22nd, in the order to take the first-team All-BIG EAST defender.
SU’s other first round picks in the past four years include Donovin Darius (Jacksonville Jaguars) and Tebucky Jones (New England Patriots) in 1998, Donovan McNabb (Philadelphia Eagles) in 1999 and Keith Bulluck (Tennessee Titans) in 2000. All four of those former Orangemen remain with the team that drafted them.
In addition to Allen, defensive tackle Eric Downing and linebacker Morlon Greenwood were selected on the first day of the draft. Kansas City took Downing with the 13th pick in the third round (75th overall selection), while Miami selected Greenwood 13 picks later with the 26th choice in the third round (88th overall). Greenwood joins former Orangemen Rob Konrad and Olindo Mare on the Dolphins roster.
On the second day of the annual draft, running back Dee Brown was the 12th pick of the sixth round (175th overall) by the Carolina Panthers.
1) 4-26-12 Defensive end Chandler Jones is the newest Syracuse University representative in the National Football League. The Endicott, N.Y. native was the 21st overall selection in the 2012 NFL Draft, chosen by the New England Patriots. He is the first Syracuse player to be chosen in the first round since defensive end Dwight Freeney was the 11th overall pick by the Indianapolis Colts in 2002.
“Chandler is everything you want a player to be. And, as good as he is on the field, he is an even better person off the field,” said Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone. “He comes from a family that did a great job in raising him. He has terrific parents and two outstanding role models in his brothers, Arthur, who plays for the Baltimore Ravens and Jon, the UFC light heavyweight champion. Chandler is a prime example of what we mean when we talk about keeping New York state players in their home state to play at Syracuse.
“Based on my experience in the NFL, I see Chandler developing into a top tier defensive end. I hope he has the same success as (defensive end) Dwight Freeney and all of the Syracuse players in the National Football League.”
The 2011 All-BIG EAST First Team defensive end started all seven games he played, recording 38 tackles, including 4.5 sacks. Against West Virginia, Jones earned BIG EAST Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording six solo tackles, including two sacks for a loss of 19 yards. At Pittsburgh, he had four solo tackles, including two for a total loss of four yards, and his first career interception, which he returned 32 yards.
Jones joins his older brother, Arthur, a 2010 Syracuse graduate, in the National Football League. A defensive tackle, Arthur is in entering his third season with the Baltimore Ravens. The time New England selected a Syracuse player was in 1998 when the Patriots chose defensive back Tebucky Jones with the 22nd pick in the first round.