Syracuse men's lacrosse drops critical game to Virginia in ACC Tournament Semifinals

The Syracuse men's lacrosse team dropped a critical game to Virginia in the ACC Tournament Semifinals on Friday night. (PHOTO: ESPNU)

The Syracuse men's lacrosse program is a staple in the NCAA Tournament.

With 11 National Championships and perhaps the greatest legacy in the history of the sport, it's expected.

However, the tide is turning now after Friday night's 11-10 loss in Virginia, dropping the Orange to 7-6 overall and possibly out of the NCAA Tournament in the process.

Syracuse took a 4-3 lead after the first quarter, but failed to score a single goal in the second, falling behind 5-4 at the halftime break.

In the second half, Virginia took care of possession and scored when it had to, taking a 2-goal lead on multiple occasions.

But that's when Syracuse responded.

Seth DeLisle, a Fulton native and former Onondaga Lazers standout, cut the Syracuse deficit back to a 1-goal game with roughly 90 seconds remaining in regulation.

It was at that point, though, when the Cavaliers stepped up in a critical situation.

The Orange called a timeout with possession of the ball and 25 seconds to go in a 11-10 game.

That's when Stephen Rehfuss darted towards the net with a bouncing shot, but a Virginia defender altered the shot by checking his stick, resulting in a ground ball out of bounds, giving the Cavaliers possession.

The loss does not signal the end of the road, but it does mean the Orange will be sweating it out during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show on Sunday, May 6.

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