Orange Defeat Tigers, 14-12

Senior Kevin Dougherty scored a career-high four goals to lead No. 3 Syracuse to a 14-12 win over No. 5 Princeton in front of 5,021 fans at Class of 1952 Stadium in Princeton, NJ.<br><br>

Syracuse is now 4-1, while Princeton dropped to 3-2. Syracuse will host Hobart at the Carrier Dome at 7:00 on Tuesday.

Jason Doneger helped the Tigers to an early 5-1 lead with three first-half goals. Ryan Boyle scored with 3:58 remaining in the second quarter to give Princeton a 7-2 lead (their largest of the day).

Michael Powell kept the Orangemen within three at halftime, by dishing off one of his game-high four assists to Brian Nee at the 3:08 mark and then scoring one himself with 1:03 left to pull SU to within 7-4.

Syracuse scored 10 second-half goals. Dougherty, Steve Vallone, Greg Rommel, Sean Lindsay and Steve Lykudis accounted for eight of those goals.

Princeton tallied the first goal of the third quarter, but SU chipped away at their lead. Zink, Dougherty, Vallone and Rommel each put away passes from Powell during the comeback run. Nee tied the game at 9-9 with a nifty back-handed flip while diving to the turf thanks to a Park groundball that led to an assist with 2:29 left. Drew Casino hit an outside shot with 1:06 left in the period to give PU a 10-9 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

Dougherty's third goal was a 15-yard outside shot that tied the contest at 10-10. Princeton's Mac Bryson once again put the Tigers up one (11-10) with his first goal of the game at the 12:07 mark.

The Orangemen then scored four-straight goals to take command of the game. Dougherty tied it at 11-11 and LIndsay's goal gave SU its first lead of the game at 12-11 with 7:11 remaining in the contest. Lindsay scored again at the 5:31 mark and Lykudis netted just his second goal of the season with a hard, running outside shot from the right side with 4:22 left to play.

SU won 21 of 29 faceoffs. The Orangemen outshot Princeton, 43-34. Junior Jay Pfeifer played the entire game in goal and finished with 11 saves.

With two goals and four assists, Powell tied his brother Casey for fifth place on the school's all-time assists list (129 career assists).

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