Slow-paced Towson can't stop Syracuse

Boys' Latin's Glatzel makes diving rescue in defeating Tigers, 10-3

March 26, 2000|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Towson University men's lacrosse team had the slow pace, the patience and the loud crowd it wanted yesterday at Minnegan Stadium.

Top-ranked Syracuse had a barricade-like defense led by former Boys' Latin standout John Glatzel, a hot goalkeeper in Rob Mulligan and three-time All-America attackman Ryan Powell.

The result?

Another impressive victory for the unbeaten Orangemen, who had more than enough talent to defuse the best-laid plans of Towson coach Tony Seaman and pull out a 10-3 victory before a crowd of 2,008.

"Our kids will bounce back," Seaman said. "They're going to eat dinner just like Syracuse is and see their girlfriends. We're OK. Syracuse is No. 1 in the country for a reason. We had a lot of layups, but we just couldn't put the ball between the pipes. No. 13 [Mulligan] was standing there all day long. He played great."

Seaman's weary Tigers (1-3) executed a perfect slowdown game, and they were still in contention with 2: 42 left in the third quarter when Keith Smith juked a defender and scored to reduce the Syracuse lead to 5-2.

It looked as if Towson might draw even closer to Syracuse (5-0) two minutes later when Alistair Hopkins penetrated the Orangemen defense for a high-percentage bounce shot. But the ball hopped past the net, and it proved to be the last gasp for the home team.

Powell would answer with five straight assists in the final 15: 03 to fuel a Syracuse run that was interrupted only by Ryan Obloj's goal for Towson with 11: 34 remaining in the fourth quarter. Powell finished with two goals and six assists, giving him 215 career points and moving him into ninth place on the all-time school scoring list.

Powell, a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior, replaced Paul Gait of the famous Gait brothers in ninth place in points produced.

Michael Springer had three goals and Liam Banks scored twice for Syracuse, but it was the Orangemen defense and Mulligan (23 saves) that stole the show. Glatzel, a junior defenseman, gave his hometown fans a big thrill early in the fourth quarter when he made a diving stop of a shot that caught Mulligan out of the net.

It was the second time this season that Glatzel saved Mulligan. His other save came against Virginia in a 13-12 overtime victory.

"John's the best player on our team," said Mulligan with a grin. "He's got a 1.000-save percentage for us. He's something else."

Said Glatzel, "I never made one of those in high school. It's just something that has happened this year. It's nice to do it at home, and now it will make our tailgate party a little more fun."

Glatzel, Marshall Adams and Billy St. George were all outstanding on a Syracuse defense that goes seven players deep.

"Our defense was swarming all over the ball," Mulligan said. "And our offensive middies were playing a lot of defense and we had two lines of defensive middies. That made my job a lot easier."

Sophomore Towson attackman Brad Reppert, who scored the Tigers' first goal on a rebound shot midway through the second quarter, said, "We stuck to our game plan and had our chances to make this a real close game, but we just didn't bury the ball. We'll just have to get back at it on Monday and get ready for Loyola next Saturday."

Syracuse coach John Desko liked the way his No. 1 team avoided a letdown after an emotional win over Johns Hopkins last week.

"It was a good learning process for us today," he said, "because we were able to adjust to a lot of different defenses they were throwing at us."

Syracuse 3 1 2 4 -- 10

Towson 0 1 1 1 -- 3

Goals: S--Springer 3, Powell 2, Banks 2, Hardy, Januszkiewicz, Caione; T--Reppert, Smith, Obloj. Assists: S--Powell 6, Byrnes, Banks. Saves: S--Mulligan 23; T--Horrigan 15.

Pub Date: 3/26/00

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