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Syracuse escapes pesky Yale in 11th 1-goal game, advances to NCAA Second Round

Syracuse senior goalie Evan Molloy celebrates an 11-10 win over Yale on Sunday night from the Carrier Dome. (PHOTO: ESPNU)

The Syracuse men's lacrosse team made a habit of playing in one-goal games throughout the 2017 season.

In fact, entering Sunday night's NCAA first round matchup with Yale, the Orange had already played a total of 10 one-goal games.

After Sunday, make that 11.

Syracuse trailed Yale by three goals, 7-4, in the third quarter, but that's when the Orange started to rally.

Goals by Brad Voigt and Jordan Evans helped the Orange climb back into the game. And behind the raucous home crowd, SU had the momentum to take back the lead.

And that's what they did.

With roughly two minutes remaining in the game, and tied at 10-10, Evans fed redshirt freshman Stephen Rehfuss, who then cranked a shot going away from the goal and scoring what would be the game-winner.

The Orange won the ensuing faceoff, essentially playing keep away for the remainder of the game to solidify the 11-10 win.

"We got some great stops defensively, especially with Evan Molloy in the cage," SU head coach John Desko said during the post game press conference. "To have 15 saves in a game like this when they had so many shots -- 42 shots on the day -- was a great effort. It was a great effort by these guys up here and Evan, to make some great saves going down the stretch. Like usual, we came out on top with the one-goal win."

The Orange will now meet Towson, who upset Penn State, in the second round on Sunday at Noon. The game will be played from a neutral site in Delaware. It will also be televised on ESPN2.

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