Syracuse surges past Albany, 21-13

Orange opens by tallying its 3rd-highest playoff total



Brian Nee and Alex Zink scored four goals each and Michael Powell added three goals and three assists as No. 4 and host Syracuse toppled No. 20 Albany, 21-13, in the first round of the NCAA Division I tournament yesterday at the Carrier Dome. The victory moved the Orange a step closer to its 22nd consecutive final four.

Eleven players scored for the Orange (12-2), which totaled its third-highest playoff output in history and largest since 1992.

Albany (10-6) led 2-1 early in the first half and kept it close, scoring three unanswered goals to pull within 6-5 with 46 seconds left in the half. Merrick Thomson scored three of his game-high six goals in the first half and the Great Danes trailed 7-5 at intermission.

But the Orange broke it open with an eight-goal third quarter that extended the lead to 15-6. Syracuse goalkeepers Jay Pfeifer and Nick Donatelli combined for 14 saves.

Syracuse plays fifth-seeded Georgetown in the second round on Sunday in Ithaca, N.Y.

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