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Balanced Attack and Solid Goaltending Leads Men's Lacrosse to 12-6 Victory

Posted Sunday, April 02, 2006 by John Desko
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Sophomore attackman Mike Leveille recorded a season-high four goals, while first-year goaltender Peter Coluccini posted a personal-best 15 saves as the No. 13-ranked Syracuse men's lacrosse team defeated Loyola, 12-6, at the Carrier Dome. The win halted a four-game losing streak for the Orange. SU is now 2-4 on the season, while Loyola moves to 3-4.

It was Leveille's third hat trick of the season and eighth of his career. The last time he netted four goals was last year against Rutgers.

The team got help from a pair of freshman midfielders. Dan Hardy and Pat Perritt, now members of SU's first midfield line following season-ending injuries to experienced veterans Greg Rommel and Steven Brooks, each tallied two goals against the Greyhounds. Classmate Matt Abbott, who plays with the Orange's second midfield, chimed in with his fourth goal of the season in the second quarter.

Syracuse led 7-2 at halftime. Five of those seven goals were scored by midfielders. Senior Brian Crockett notched is 100th career goal with 9:52 remaining in the second quarter. Junior defenseman Steve Panarelli even got into the action with his second goal of the campaign (fourth of his career) when he scored in transition with a long stick at 14:42 of the fourth quarter to give the Orange a 12-4 advantage.

Loyola's highly-successful man-up unit went to work early by cashing in on its first two opportunities. Dan Bauers netted both goals and both times he was assisted by Andrew Spack. Bauers' second goal with 11:21 remaining in the second quarter pulled the Greyhounds to within one, 3-2. Syracuse responded with four-straight goals to close out the half. Hardy's two goals came during that particular spurt. His first was a low laser after a plant-and-shoot. His second was assisted by Crockett.

Loyola crept back within 7-4 after scoring the first two goals of the third period. Spack and Greg Leonard were credited with the scores. Unfortunately for the Greyhounds, that is when Leveille caught fire with some opportunistic plays, starting with a groundball pick-up after a Michael Fretwell save with 5:37 remaining in the third quarter. He scored again just 13 seconds later when his fellow attackmen threw an aggressive ride at the Loyola defense to force a turnover. Perritt made it 10-4 in the 'Cuse's favor with his sixth goal of the season, an unassisted tally, with 4:15 remaining in the quarter. Leveille struck one last time with three seconds left thanks to a good hustle play on a groundball.

Syracuse held a 40-39 edge in shots, while the Greyhounds won the face-off battle, 14-8. Fretwell finished with 13 saves for Loyola.

The Orange plays next Saturday, April 8, at home against #6/7 Princeton. Faceoff is scheduled for 2 p.m.

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