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Syracuse men's lacrosse rallies from 3-goal deficit, drops North Carolina in overtime

Members of the Syracuse men's lacrosse team embrace Brendan Bomberry after scoring the game-winner in overtime on Saturday. (PHOTO: ESPNU)

Saturday's finish between Syracuse and North Carolina may go down as the game of the year in college lacrosse.

The Orange, in improbable fashion, erased a 3-goal deficit with under five minutes to play, dropping the Tar Heels in overtime, 13-12.

Both teams played to a 4-4 tie at halftime, but in the second half, the Tar Heels came out swinging.

North Carolina took three separate 2-goal leads, even notching a 12-9 advantage with under five minutes to play.

But that's when the Orange began to chip away.

True freshman midfielder Brendan Curry scored the 11th and 12th goals, helping lead Syracuse back from what seemed to be an insurmountable deficit so late in the contest.

Carolina missed a shot on the final possession to win it in regulation, forcing overtime from the Carrier Dome.

After winning the opening faceoff, the Orange called a quick timeout, drawing up a play to win the game.

If a game goes to overtime in college lacrosse, by rule, the game will end in 'sudden victory.'

In other words, the first team to score wins the game.

With that said, Curry took over possession from behind the cage, putting a move on his defender, then feeding a cutting Brendan Bomberry through the crease who scored quicker than the blink of an eye.

The Orange had somehow completed the comeback, 13-12, moving to an unbeaten 4-0 in ACC play this season.

"I thought it was a great lacrosse game," Syracuse coach John Desko explained during his post game press conference. "I wasn't feeling too good when we were down three and they were a man-up with not a lot of time left. But it was a great experience for us to fight through that, come back and win the game in overtime. So, it's good game experience."

"We actually didn't really call a play. We just kind of wanted to play -- like we did the last couple minutes of regulation. I got high and then nothing really happened. I ended up behind. Lefty's [Brendan Bomberry] so good off the ball that I could just trust throwing it in there. He just caught it and made an excellent play."

With the win, the Orange move to 7-4 overall and finish a perfect 4-0 in ACC play.

The Orange will be back at home next Saturday, April 21 when Navy visits the Carrier Dome for a 4 p.m. start.

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