Orange Open With Win Over Cadets

Senior attackman Mike Powell tied his career high with eight points (three goals and a career-high five assists) as Syracuse defeated Army, 19-15 in the season opener at the Carrier Dome on Saturday.<br><br>

Trailing 13-12 with 4:32 left in the third quarter, the Orangemen went on a 6-0 run and never looked back. Powell registered a goal and two assists on the run, while senior captain Sean Lindsay tallied two goals during the run and finished with four goals for the game, which tied his career high.

"I thought he (Powell) was head and shoulders the best player on the field," head coach John Desko said. "He came up big for us and created a lot of opportunities."

Syracuse had a tough time with the physical Cadets as the game was close throughout.

"Not taking anything away from Army," Powell said. "But we didn't expect them to play us that tough. We have to come out on fire."

Syracuse scored the game's first two goals and took a 3-1 lead at 10:43 of the first quarter. Army's Jeff Bryan assisted on a man-up goal and then scored at the 8:20 mark of the first quarter to tie the game at 3. Jim Wagner and Jeff Auer scored to give the Black Knights a 5-4 lead at the end of the first period.

Army held two-goal leads twice in the second quarter thanks to two goals by John Walker. Zack Wallace scored two goals before senior midfielder Steve Vallone tied the game at 8-8 with 1:50 remaining in the first half. Senior attackman Brian Nee scored a goal 42 seconds later off an assist by sophomore Brett Bucktooth. SU led 9-8 at halftime.

In the second half, Bucktooth gave Syracuse an 11-9 advantage, but Army went on a run of its own, scoring three-straight goals (by Walker, Marko Kostovic and Jon Burton) to take a 12-11 lead with 8:48 left to play in the third. Lindsay scored at the 5:22 mark of the third quarter to tie the game at 12. Kostovic netted his fourth goal of the afternoon with 4:32 remaining in the third period. That would be Army's final lead of the day.

Walker and Bryan each had six points to lead the Black Knights in scoring. Matt Darak played all 60 minutes in goal and totaled 22 saves.

Junior goaltender Jay Pfeifer played the entire game for Syracuse and finished with 16 saves.

"Many times Army was standing on the doorstep ready to take a shot. He (Pfeifer) had a big game for us," Desko said.

SU outshot Army, 54-38.

"I don't care how many goals I get. I'm just worried about the "W". This is my senior year and the only goal I have is winning the National Championship.

Syracuse will meet the 2003 defending National Champion Virginia Cavaliers at 1 p.m. this Saturday at Klöckner Stadium.

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