Men's Lacrosse Falls To No. 2 Syracuse, 18-10
April 26, 2002
SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Senior Marc Morley (Canton, N.Y.) and Kevin Leveille (Delmar, N.Y.) each netted hat tricks as No. 8 Massachusetts fell to No. 2 Syracuse, 18-10, tonight in a non-conference game at the Carrier Dome. The Minutemen fall to 10-3 overall this season, while the Orangemen improve to 11-2.
The Orangemen went on an 8-0 scoring run over 19:38 of the first half to break open a 2-2 game. Sophomore Neil Lundberg (Bloomfield Hills, Mich.) ended the scoring drought for the Minutemen with his eighth goal of the season at the 3:58 mark of the second quarter. Massachusetts cut the Orange lead to five goals at the break as senior Don Little (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and Leveille each scored in the final 1:24. Leveille's tally was his third of the game. Josh Coffman led Syracuse with three goals in the first half, while Steve Vallone scored a pair.
Syracuse scored three quick goals to start-off the third quarter and dash any chance for a come-back. Junior Chris Fiore (Freeport, N.Y.) scored at the 7:08 mark to cut the Syracuse lead to seven at 13-6, but it was the only tally of the stanza for the Maroon and White.
Syracuse scored the first four goals of the fourth quarter opening up a 12-goal lead, its largest of the game, until Little tallied his second of the night at the 5:48 mark. Morley scored the final three goals of the game in a 5:37 span.
Freshman Bill Schell (Mahopac, N.Y.) made 15 saves in the cage for the Minutemen, while Jay Pfeifer stopped 14 shots for the Orangemen.
Josh Coffman had a game-high six points on four goals and two assists for the Orangemen. Mike Powell, Michael Springer and Brian Nee each had three goals. Fiore had two assists in addition to his goal.
The 18 goals allowed by the Minutemen marks the most that an opponent has scored since a 21-10 defeat at Loyola (Md.) during the 2000 season.
Massachusetts closes out the regular season on Saturday, May 4, in a 1:00 p.m. ECAC home game with Rutgers at Richard F. Garber Field.