Rutgers surprises Syracuse in OT

Towson upends Villanova, remains unbeaten in CAA


College Lacrosse

April 13, 2003|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Jeffrey Duca scored an extra-man goal off an assist from Jamie Lovejoy at 3:03 of overtime to give No. 10 Rutgers a 12-11 upset victory over No. 4 Syracuse at the Carrier Dome yesterday.

Rutgers (9-2) is 3-0 in overtime games this season. For the Orangemen, it marked their third one-goal loss at home this season, the most losses in Carrier Dome history.

The Scarlet Knights never trailed. Duca, Lovejoy and Nick Schmidt each scored three goals. Senior midfielder Ken Springer was Rutgers' leading scorer with four points (two goals, two assists). The Scarlet Knights also got a strong performance out of their freshman goaltender, Greg Havalchak, who recorded 14 saves.

Rutgers led 6-4 at halftime and 10-7 entering the fourth quarter. Syracuse (7-3) scored four times in the fourth, including the tying goal from Michael Springer off an assist from Mike Powell with 45 seconds left.

Just before time expired, Syracuse defenseman Solomon Bliss was whistled for an unreleasable unsportsmanlike conduct penalty, meaning overtime would begin with a Rutgers possession and a man advantage. The Scarlet Knights made the most of the opportunity, getting Duca's goal.

No. 9 Towson 13, No. 19 Villanova 10: Todd Spear scored three goals to spark the Tigers (5-3, 4-0 Colonial Athletic) to a win over the host Wildcats (7-3, 2-1). Towson never trailed after erasing an early 2-0 deficit.

No. 2 Princeton 12, Harvard 8: Ryan Boyle returned from a hamstring injury to hand out six assists, leading the Tigers (7-2, 3-0 Ivy League) over the Crimson (4-6, 1-3). Boyle joined Kevin Lowe and Jon Hess as the only players in Princeton history with 100 career assists.

No. 5 Virginia 11, No. 11 Duke 8: The Cavaliers (7-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) received three goals apiece from Billy Glading and Chris Rotelli to upend the Blue Devils (7-5, 0-3) in Durham, N.C. Duke, which got three goals each from Matt Rewkowski and Matt Monfett, had won three straight at home over Virginia.

No. 8 Massachusetts 12, Yale 10: The Bulldogs (7-3) opened the second half with four straight goals to forge an 8-8 tie, but Jeff Zywicki answered with two goals - including his 30th of the season - in just over a minute to give the Minutemen (9-1) a lead they wouldn't lose.

Penn State 5, No. 15 Navy 4: The Nittany Lions (4-5, 2-2 ECAC) outshot the Midshipmen 41-19 and built a 5-1 third-period lead, then held on for the win in State College, Pa.

Navy (4-6, 0-4) has lost four straight.

Mount St. Mary's 14, Siena 7: The Mountaineers (4-6, 3-1 Metro Atlantic) extended their winning streak to three games, getting four goals and an assist from Matt Warner as they cruised past the visiting Saints (1-7, 1-4).

St. Mary's 6, Goucher 5: Sophomore attacker Adam Gjerulff scored the game-winner off an assist from Dave Mueller with 1.5 seconds left in overtime, completing a four-goal comeback for the host Seahawks (5-5, 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference).

Ian Montgomery scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Gophers (6-6, 3-3), who blew a 4-0 second-quarter lead.

Washington College 17, Muhlenberg 4: The fifth-ranked Shoremen (8-2, 6-0) posted their eighth straight win, beating the Mules (4-7, 0-7) in a Centennial Conference game at Kibler Field in Chestertown.

Washington got a career-high seven goals from Chris Edwards.


McDaniel: The Green Terror's game at Ursinus was postponed to today at 4:30 p.m.

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