No. 1 Syracuse Men's Lacrosse holds off pesky Binghamton on Senior Day
Syracuse entered its Senior Day with a 10-1 overall record, a No. 1 ranking in the country, and an abundance of confidence as Binghamton entered the Carrier Dome on Saturday.
The Bearcats came in with a 9-2 overall record, but with something to prove.
As any Orange fan will tell you -- a game against mighty Syracuse is any opposing team's Super Bowl. It's the one game that Binghamton circled at the beginning of the season, hoping to pull the upset and send shockwaves through the college lacrosse world in the process.
Syracuse jumped out to the early 4-1 lead, thanks to goals by Jordan Evans and Jamie Trimboli, among others.
But that's when the Bearcats stormed back, going on a 5-0 run to take their first lead of the game.
However, Nick Mariano, along with Evans, played major roles in giving the Orange back the lead before the halftime break.
Binghamton came out firing in the second half as well, led by Tom Moore. The Bearcats were able to take the 7-6 lead in the third quarter behind Moore's team-high five goals on the day.
But, in the end, Syracuse was able to take back the lead again, and hold off Binghamton on the final possession.
SU senior goalkeeper Evan Molloy came up with a monumental save on the final possession, as the Bearcats attempted to tie the game at nine apiece.
Syracuse ran out the clock and came away with the victory, 9-8.
"I thought I was all over it," Molloy responded on the final shot. "So when I saw [number 44] the way he passed the ball, it didn't look like it was going far. So I kind of knew it was going inside, so I just tried to pivot, get as big as I could in net and kind of match the stick -- just kick my leg out and I got a piece of it."
The Orange will now prepare for the ACC Tournament in Durham, North Carolina next week, where it will be the top overall seed. Syracuse will meet North Carolina on Friday, April 28 at 6 p.m. on ESPNU.