Things looked pretty bleak for the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team late in the fourth quarter of today’s NCAA Division I championship game.
Cornell had taken its biggest lead at three goals with 5:31 remaining and were controlling the pace, running a patient, ball-control offense.
But the Orange battled back and scored the last four goals of the game to pick up a miraculous 10-9 overtime win for their second straight title at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. Its Syracuses record 11th national title.
Cody Jamieson scored just outside the crease off a feed from Dan Hardy with 2:46 left in the first overtime period. The goal marked the first time SU led the in the game.
With a chance to run the clock and preserve the win, Cornell, leading 9-8 in the closing seconds, was unable to clear.
Syracuse then got it back and Kenny Nims tied it in stunning fashion on a goal with four seconds remaining after the ball deflected off Cornell defender Roy Lang. It was the first point of the game for Nims, a senior attackman and the nations leading scorer.
A goal by Lang with 5:31 to go gave Cornell a 9-6 lead.
The Big Red, who had won 39 straight games when leading entering the fourth quarter prior to today.
John Jay grad Chris Daniello scored the Orange’s first goal for the second straight game. The junior attackman’s goal, with 5:46 left in the first quarter, cut Cornell’s lead to 2-1. It marked the first time a former John Jay player ever scored a goal in a Division I national championship game.
The Big Red, looking for its first national title since 1977 and fourth overall. led 3-2 after the first quarter, 6-4 at halftime and 7-5 after three quarters.
For a rundown of all the scoring from the game, click here.
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