Army's win over Syracuse: Shocking and awesome

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There's no hiding from wartime metaphors when Army is involved. Not even in the team's media guide for today's NCAA quarterfinal against Cornell at noon at Stony Brook's LaValle Stadium.

"Shock and Awe" is the headline on the item about the Cadets' 9-8 double-overtime victory over two-time defending national champion Syracuse last week at the Carrier Dome. "It's all kind of a blur, but it was so exciting," said Army defenseman Larry LoRusso of Rocky Point, the team's only Long Island starter. "I remember seeing a lot of Syracuse fans in shock."

LoRusso, a sophomore, picked a good time for his first assist of the season. His pass on the fast break hit Jeremy Boltus, who scored with 6:49 remaining to force overtime.

LoRusso was watching from his defensive end when Devin Lynch scored with 5.7 seconds left in the second OT. "Some people doubted us, but we had confidence we could win," LoRusso said.

Seven of LoRusso's senior teammates graduated Saturday at West Point - where President Obama spoke to the graduating class - then bused to Stony Brook for a late-afternoon practice.

Senior moments

Stony Brook couldn't practice on its home field until Saturday because of a little thing called graduation, which took place at LaValle Stadium on Friday. So during the week, the Seawolves bused to nearby Ward Melville High School and practiced on the Patriots' turf field during school hours.

"Sure was a lot going on this week," said senior long-stick midfielder Steven Waldeck of MacArthur. "I'm definitely going to soak up every minute of it. When I saw that there was going to be a quarterfinal game here, I said to myself, 'I've got to be playing in that game.' This is all unbelievable."

Waldeck is one of four Long Island starters for Stony Brook. The others are attack Tom Compitello, midfielder Timmy Trenkle (Commack) and goalie Charlie Paar (Huntington).

More LI connections

When Virginia defeated Stony Brook, 13-8, in Charlottesville, Va., on Feb. 27, Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia recalled, "The field was surrounded by 10-foot snow piles." Of the Seawolves, then and now, Starsia said: "They haven't changed a great deal personnelwise. Stony Brook doesn't play a lot of guys. What you've come to appreciate is that this is a team that knows who they are. I'm not sure I appreciated [Kevin] Crowley and Compitello back in February. I do now. They had monstrous seasons. You can't help but be impressed with Crowley. He does so much for them."

The Cavs start three Long Islanders - Shamel and Rhamel Bratton (Huntington) at midfield and Adam Ghitelman (Cold Spring Harbor) in goal. Stony Brook goalie Paar was the Brattons' teammate in high school.

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Cornell loves Long Island. The Big Red won at Stony Brook, 12-9, on March 23. That was a regular-season game; today's quarterfinal spot against Army had to be earned.

"We always enjoy playing on Long Island, but we feel much better about coming here under those circumstances," Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni said after practice yesterday. "We have a a lot of Cornell-based alumni on Long Island and in New York City, and games here also help us recruit." Cornell starts four Long Island players - attacks Rob Pannell (Smithtown West) and Steve Mock (Huntington) and midfielders Chris Ritchie (Mount Sinai) and David Lau (Syosset).

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