Syracuse Edges Yale 7-6 to Advance to NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Semifinals

 

Top seed Syracuse (15-3) scored three goals in the final 3 minutes and four seconds to rally for a 7-6 NCAA Championship quarterfinal victory against Yale (12-5) at Maryland's Byrd Stadium on May 18. The Orange advance to their 27th NCAA Final Four next weekend at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue capped the comeback, scoring the game-winning goal off a pass from senior midfielder JoJo Marasco with 13 seconds remaining to propel the Orange to the national semifinals.

'I think this is our ninth one-goal game this year. We lost three by one and this is our sixth win by one,' Orange head coach John Desko said. 'Unfortunately, the guys are used to being in these kinds of situations and made some pretty good adjustments down the stretch to win the game. I thought our defense played great all game long. While we didn't have it at one half, we picked it up on the other side of the field. I'm proud of the guys. Any win this time of year is a great win.'

Donahue and Marasco both had one goal and two assists in the victory. Marasco's two assists couldn't have come at better times for the Orange. He assisted on senior Luke Cometti's tying goal with 2:20 left and passed to Donahue for the winner.


To pull off the victory, Syracuse had to crack a Yale defense that shut out the Orange for 43 minutes and 18 seconds during the course of the game, by far the team's longest scoring drought of the year.

Junior Derek Maltz and Cometti each had two goals to lead the Orange. Junior Dominic Lamolinara finished with nine saves in his first trip back to Byrd Stadium since transferring from the University of Maryland after the 2011 season.

Syracuse's NCAA semifinal opponent will be the winner of Sunday's pairing between fourth-seeded Denver and fifth-seeded North Carolina. Faceoff will be either at 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 on ESPN2.