The SU men's lacrosse team (10-3, 2-3 ACC) scored two goals with less than 15 seconds to play to comeback and beat the Duke Blue Devils (12-3, 4-1 ACC) 16-15 on Friday in Chester, P.A. With the win, the Orange advance to the ACC Tournament championship game against the winner of Maryland and Notre Dame.
"Weâ??re very excited about the win today," SU coach John Desko said. "I thought Duke came out, and theyâ??re a terrific team. They once again took advantage of all our mistakes that we made. We had some opportunities early, we made some mistakes and they took advantage of every single one of them. I thought their goalie played terrific today. Fortunately we got some faceoffs at the end. These guys made a great play to get the winner for us. Itâ??s our first time in the ACC [Championship], so it was an exciting game for us and weâ??re very happy with the win.â??
It was a game of runs for each team, with the Orange trailing 5-2 after the first quarter. But, Syracuse heated up in the second quarter, with a Randy Staats goal tying the game 5-5. A Derek Maltz goal a minute later made it 6-5 with 9:00 to play in the half. The Blue Devils responded, ending the half on a 4-0 run, and went into the locker room leading 10-8.
Duke would continue that run in the third quarter, opening up a 12-8 lead before a Nicky Golasso goal ended the streak. The two squads would trade goals until midway through the fourth quarter, when the Orange went on another run. After SU tied it 14-14, Jordan Wolf scored his first of the day for Duke giving the Blue Devils a 15-14 lead with 3:15 to play.
That's when things got crazy, with just 15 seconds left on the clock, Randy Staats threw a behind the back pass to Billy Ward in front of the net, and Ward cashed in, tying the game at 15-15. Watch the amazing pass by Staats by clicking here
With just nine seconds left, Chris Daddio won the faceoff, and with time winding down, Kevin Rice connected with Dylan Donahue for the game-winning goal with .1 seconds left on the clock, the Orange coming out on top, 16-15.
â??Weâ??ve been playing together for a while, and when [Chris] Daddio got that faceoff, it was a huge win," Donahue said. "[Daddio] gave it to Randy [Staats] and I was looking to cut, I think Kevin [Rice] was looking to cut too. He passed it to Kevin, which was probably an easier pass and I just backdoored the shot.â??