The Syracuse men's lacrosse team lost to the Duke Blue Devils 16-10 in the National Championship at Lincoln Financial Field on Monday afternoon.
SU started off on fire, scoring the first five goals of the game. Skaneateles alum Kevin Rice played a part in four of those five goals, assisting on three and scoring a goal as well.
Duke responded with a run of their own. After Scott Loy made the score 6-1, Duke rattled off four goals in a row, cutting the lead to 6-5 going into the half.
The SU lead did not last long in the second half, as David Lawson tied the game at six just three minutes into the half. After both teams were shut down for most of the third quarter, Dylan Donahue scored to give the Orange the lead once again at 7-6.
That is when Duke took over, winning faceoff after faceoff, they won 21-30 faceoffs on the day, going on a 6-1 run before Jojo Marasco could stop the bleeding to cut the Blue Devil lead to 13-9 with less than eight minutes to play.
But SU could not win enough faceoffs to get enough possessions to come back down the stretch, allowing Duke to win 16-10.
After the game, Coach Desko and the SU seniors reflected on a season where they said they were counted out before it even started.
"We went out and lost to Albany in the first game, and fortunately the guys didn't believe everything that was said, and didn't believe in the rankings," head coach John Desko says. "I give a lot of credit not only ot the staff but also to our senior leadership."
SU senior defenseman Brian Megill talked about how this SU team was just that, a "team." He said it was not a traditional group with one or two stars, but a group of talented athletes, who at one point he says were counted out.
"We're here," he says. "That was our goal all along, treat every game like it's the National Championship."