Syracuse vs. Yale
May 18, 2013
|Jojo Marasco||(1, 2)|
|Dylan Donahue||(1, 2)|
|Luke Cometti||(2, 0)|
|Kevin Rice||(1, 1)|
|Derek Maltz||(2, 0)|
|Scott Loy||(0, 1)|
|Dominic Lamolinara||9 (0.600)|
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|Brandon Mangan||(3, 0)|
|Conrad Oberbeck||(2, 0)|
|Michael Lipin||(1, 0)|
|Michael Mccormack||(0, 1)|
|Mark Glicini||(0, 1)|
|Eric Natale||11 (0.611)|
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|The Game Story:|
|COLLEGE PARK, Md. – Top seed Syracuse (15-3) scored three goals in the final 3 minutes and 4 seconds to rally for a 7-6 NCAA quarterfinal victory against Yale (12-5) at Maryland's Byrd Stadium on Saturday, May 18. The Orange advances to its 27th NCAA Final Four next weekend at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.|
Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue capped the comeback, scoring the game-winning goal off a pass from senior midfielder JoJo Marasco with 13 seconds remaining to propel the Orange to the national semifinals.
"I think this is our ninth one-goal game this year. We lost three by one and this is our sixth win by one," Orange head coach John Desko said. "Unfortunately, the guys are used to being in these kinds of situations and made some pretty good adjustments down the stretch to win the game. I thought our defense played great all game long. While we didn't have it at one half, we picked it up on the other side of the field. I'm proud of the guys. Any win this time of year is a great win."
Donahue and Marasco both had one goal and two assists in the victory. Marasco's two assists couldn't have come at better times for the Orange. He assisted on senior Luke Cometti's tying goal with 2:20 left and passed to Donahue for the winner.
To pull off the victory, Syracuse had to crack a Yale defense that shut out the Orange for 43 minutes and 18 seconds during the course of the game, by far the team's longest scoring drought of the year.
Early on it didn't appear that goals would be at a premium. Syracuse stormed out to a 4-0 advantage and led 4-1 after the first 15 minutes. Junior Derek Maltz had two goals in the opening period and Marasco and Cometti each had one. But Maltz's tally at the 1:22 mark proved to be SU's last for nearly three quarters.
Brandon Mangan finally got the Bulldogs on the scoreboard with four seconds left in the first period to cut the deficit to three, and Yale's Conrad Oberbeck tallied the only goal of the second quarter when he collected a missed shot and beat junior goalie Dominic Lamolinara low to make it 4-2 at the half.
In the third quarter, Mangan and Oberbeck scored nine seconds apart, at 5:23 and 5:14, respectively, to tie the score at 4-4. Then with 25 seconds left in the quarter Mangan found the cage again to hand the Bulldogs their first lead of game, 5-4.
Yale eventually stretched its advantage to two, 6-4, on an unassisted goal by Michael Lipin two minutes into the fourth quarter, but it was all Syracuse after that.
Rice started the Orange comeback with an unassisted goal with 3:04 left in regulation. Then Cometti finished a Marasco feed less than a minute later to tie it, 6-6.
Yale nearly retook the lead when Oberbeck got free on the crease, but Lamolinara stepped out to meet him and stuffed his point-blank shot with less than 90 seconds left to give the ball back to Syracuse.
The Orange cleared successfully after Lamolinara's spectacular stop and Desko called a timeout with 55 seconds to play. The veteran coach decided to put the ball in Marasco's stick on the restart and Marasco probed the Yale defense for several seconds before Donahue popped free. Marasco threw the ball to him inside and Donahue buried it with 13 ticks left to put the Orange up 7-6.
Dylan Levings kept the Bulldogs' slim hopes alive by winning the ensuing faceoff which led to a quick Harry Kucharczyk shot that sailed wide. Yale coach Andy Shay took his final timeout with four seconds left to draw up a play, but Lamolinara intercepted Mangan's pass as the final seconds ticked off the clock to seal the win.
Maltz and Cometti each had two goals to lead the Orange. Lamolinara finished with nine saves in his first trip back to Byrd Stadium since transferring from the University of Maryland after the 2011 season.
Mangan totaled a game-high three goals for the Bulldogs. Oberbeck added two. Yale goalie Eric Natale had 11 saves, including seven in the first half.
Syracuse's NCAA semifinal opponent will be the winner of Sunday's pairing between fourth-seeded Denver and fifth-seeded North Carolina. Faceoff will be either at 2:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 25 on ESPN2.
Game Notes: The matchup with Yale marked Syracuse's 30th appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals ... The Orange improved to 27-3 in NCAA quarterfinal games and 64-21 in NCAA Tournament contests overall ... SU's nine one-goal games this season are the most ever for the Orange in one year … Junior long-stick midfielder Matt Harris tied his season high with five ground balls to top 100 career grounders (104) … Harris also added a team-high three caused turnovers … Senior defenseman Brian Megill caused the 100th turnover of his career in the third quarter … The Orange improved to 19-4 all-time against Yale and has won 10 straight against the Bulldogs