The SU men's lacrosse team (11-5) were shocked by the Bryant Bulldogs (16-4) 10-9 in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday.
Just like last season, Bryant started out hot against the Orange, taking an early 1-0 lead with a Colin Dunster goal.
Once again, face-offs were dominated by Bryant's Kevin Massa in the first half, as Massa beat Chris Daddio at the X 8-11 times. With that in mind, the Bulldogs scored two more in the first half to take a 3-1 lead going into the second period. The Orange fought back in the second, first a Nicky Golasso goal making the score 3-2, then after a Bryant goal, a Henry Schoonmaker goal making it 4-3. Bryant went into the locker room at the half leading 5-4 over the 2-seed Orange.
Bryant held steady in the third quarter, as a Colin Dunster goal made it 7-5 heading into the fourth. That's when the Orange made their run.
First, Nicky Galasso batted a ball out of the air to make it 7-6 Bryant. Then, just 55 seconds later, (also following a Chris Daddio faceoff win), Randy Staats made a diving goal to tie the game 7-7.
Tucker James was clutch though, scoring three minutes later to make it 8-7 Bryant. A Gunnar Waldt save on the next SU possession set up another Bryant possession, who cashed in with another Tucker James goal, making it 9-7 forcing an SU timeout.
Another clutch Chris Daddio faceoff win translated to a Kevin Rice goal, making it 9-8 with 4:00 to play. A minute later, Shane Morrell for Bryant quieted the Dome crowd, making it 10-8.
Bryant would bleed the clock, until a Matt Harris caused turnover translated into a quick SU clear with 11 seconds left. The ball ended up in Kevin Rice's stick who went through Waldt's legs to make it 10-9 with seven seconds left.
With seven seconds to go, Chris Daddio beat Kevin Massa on the biggest faceoff the game, quickly dishing to Dylan Donahue. Donahue went for the win, but, Waldt deflected the ball off the post, ending SU's season.
The Orange finish at 11-5.
Daddio went 9-23 against Massa, much improved from 2013. Rice had a hat trick for the Orange, while James finished with four goals and two assists for Bryant. Waldt had 13 saves, including the game-winner.