Syracuse outlasts Towson Tied 8-8 at half, Tigers fall to Orangemen, 21-18

March 24, 1996|By Anthony Blakely | Anthony Blakely,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

SYRACUSE, N.Y. - Sometimes 18 goals are not enough.

Yesterday, No. 17 Towson State played No. 7 Syracuse to an 8-8 tie at the half but couldn't withstand a late surge by the defending national champion and lost, 21-18, at the Carrier Dome.

The Tigers (1-3) have lost five straight to the Orangemen (3-2).

Towson State assistant coach Jeff Clarke was pleased with the team's play. "This was the best effort of the year so far," Clarke said. "You score 18 goals, you normally win a game."

Said Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Jr.: "We had spurts. We're happy with that. I'm not happy giving up 18 goals."

Kevin Sturm and Tim Langdon each had four goals to lead Towson State, whose three losses have been by a combined six goals.

Syracuse All-American Jim Morrissey led all scorers with five goals and an assist.

After a 4-0 run by the Tigers in the third quarter, Syracuse scored seven straight to take the lead, 17-12, with 13: 55 to play.

Langton beat a sagging defense for the game's first score 68 seconds into the contest. Casey Powell, assisted by Rob Kavovit, tied it. The Tigers scored the next two goals, but Syracuse finished the quarter with a 3-0 run, capped by Morrissey's goal with no time remaining in the quarter.

Matt Dolski and Sturm scored to put the Tigers back on top 5-4 in the second quarter. The teams continued to exchange goals, with neither pushing ahead by more than two goals.

The Orangemen started the second half with two goals in a nine-second span by Doug Jackson. Towson responded with back-to-back scores from Langton to tie it at 10. Sturm, assisted by Matt Clune, put the Tigers up again, 11-10, with his fourth goal of the game. The run continued with Clune's seventh goal of the season to give Towson a two-goal lead.

Then Syracuse took control.

Towson returns home Saturday to play Loyola at 7: 30 p.m.

Pub Date: 3/24/96

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