Syracuse to Compete in NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship Semifinals

 

No. 1 seed Syracuse (15-3) will play No. 4 seed Denver in the NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship semifinals at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa., on Saturday, May 25 at 5 p.m. ET. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.

 

The other national semifinal features Duke versus Cornell at 2:30 p.m.

 

Top-seeded Syracuse, which earned the league's automatic bid by winning the BIG EAST Men's Lacrosse Championship title, defeated Bryant 12-7 in the first round and Yale 7-6 in the quarterfinals to advance to the Final Four for the 27th time in school history.

 

This is just the fourth meeting between the Orange and Pioneers, with Syracuse winning all three previous meetings.

 

The Orange are led by senior JoJo Marasco, who has 58 points on 20 goals and 38 assists, and sophomore Kevin Rice, who has recorded 22 goals and 29 assists for 51 points this season.

 

Goalie Dominic Lamolinara, a junior, has made 122 saves in 14 games with an 8.12 goals-against average.

 

SU is 13th nationally in scoring offense (11.72 gpg). Syracuse went 5-1 in conference play to earn a share of the BIG EAST regular-season title before winning their second-straight BIG EAST Championship title.

 

Heading into the postseason, SU was ranked 10th nationally in scoring offense (12.14 gpg) and eighth nationally in shot percentage (.323). The Orange went 7-0 against ranked opponents in the regular season and have won nine of their last 10 games.

 

Syracuse is making its 33rd appearance in the NCAA playoffs. The 2013 tournament marks the ninth time that Syracuse has received the No. 1 seed. The Orange own a 20-4 record all-time record as the top seed, including winning the 1988, 1989, 1990 and 2000 national championships. Syracuse holds a 64-21 record in NCAA Tournament play. Its .753 tournament winning percentage is the best in NCAA history, and its 62 tournament victories are second all-time behind Johns Hopkins (67).