Glatzel, Pfeifer come to rescue of Syracuse, 10-9

Baltimore products figure big against Duke in NCAA quarterfinal

College Lacrosse

May 19, 2002|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. -- What has become the surest thing in college lacrosse was actually in doubt for about 2 1/2 minutes yesterday.

Leading by just one goal in a man-down situation and with its 20th consecutive trip to the final four on the line, No. 2 Syracuse got a huge defensive play by senior John Glatzel (Boys' Latin) to turn aside No. 7 Duke, 10-9, yesterday in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals at Hofstra Stadium.

The win, assured when Glatzel stripped Duke's Dan Chemotti when he was 5 yards out and bidding for the tying goal with about 40 seconds left, sent the Orangemen (13-2) to a familiar place: the semifinals, where they will meet the winner of today's Cornell-Virginia quarterfinal on Saturday at Rutgers Stadium.

"They tested us the whole way, and we had to fight until the last couple of seconds," said Syracuse coach John Desko. "That makes it that much more rewarding. If you can do anything 20 times in a row, you are doing OK."

The NCAA quarterfinals are hardly the time for a moral victory, but for Duke, which has been public enemy No. 1 in the lacrosse world ever since it received a much-debated at-large bid, the showing may silence some critics.

Duke All-American Kevin Cassese dominated the faceoffs as the Blue Devils (8-8) won all 12 in the first half and 20 of 23 overall.

Outside of a typical Syracuse five-goal run early in the first quarter, Duke also dictated the tempo, which helped it stay close. Syracuse led 7-4 when sophomore Brian Nee took a Mike Powell feed and scored to open the third. Powell, who was held without a goal, did tie a career high with four assists, but admitted he was stymied by Duke's slower pace.

"I'm used to that up-and-down style," he said. "We knew their defense would stay on us attackmen, so the midfielders just realized it was their chance to get shots."

It was still a three-goal game until Alex Lieske slam-dunked a Cassese look to make it 9-7 early in the fourth. After Syracuse's Josh Coffman and Duke's Matt Monfett traded goals, Cassese found himself isolated on a short-stick defender and took advantage, firing a low shot past redshirt Syracuse freshman Jay Pfeifer (14 saves).

That goal made it 10-9 with 2:31 to play, but the Orangemen got the timely check from Glatzel and ran out the clock.

"We stood toe-to-toe with what I think is the best team in the game today, and it came down to one bounce, one shot, one faceoff, one save," said Blue Devils coach Mike Pressler.

In a game played in windy and cold conditions until the sun broke out early in the second half, Gilman grad Pfeifer provided many of the fireworks.

On a clear early in the second quarter, he pushed up the field and fired a shot that beat A.J. Kincel, but hit off the post.

Pfeifer sparkled more conventionally later, making a fine save 25 seconds into the final period on a shot by Duke's Matt Rewkowski, who tied Monfett and Syracuse's Josh Coffman, Michael Springer and Spencer Wright with a game-high two goals.

Rewkowski had created a turnover and was looking at an open net, but Pfeifer sprawled across the crease to make a diving save. That loomed large later, when the Blue Devils couldn't get the equalizer.

Duke 2 2 2 3 -- 9

Syracuse 5 1 3 1 -- 10

Goals: D--Rewkowski 2, Monfett 2, Cassese, Brennan, Lieske, Regan, Chemotti; S--Wright 2, Springer 2, Coffman 2, Solliday, Nee, Hardy, Vallone. Assists: D--Brennan 2, Cassese, Chemotti; S--Powell 4, Smith, Nee. Saves: D--Kincel 9; S--Pfeifer 14.

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