Syracuse captures NCAA Title in dramatic fashion, 10-9 in OT over Cornell

Syracuse captures NCAA Title in dramatic fashion, 10-9 in OT over Cornell

Syracuse captures NCAA Title in dramatic fashion, 10-9 in OT over Cornell

Syracuse captures NCAA Title in dramatic fashion, 10-9 in OT over Cornell

The Syracuse Orange captured the NCAA DI Championship on Monday afternoon with some last second heroics and a clutch overtime performance to top Cornell, 10-9.

FOXBORO, Mass. -- Syracuse scored the last four goals of the game, including the game-winner in overtime, and the Orange claimed its 11th NCAA Championship by defeating Cornell, 10-9, in overtime on Memorial Day at Gillette Stadium.

Senior Dan Hardy found Cody Jamieson in the extra session and Jamieson buried the game-winner for the Orange. Syracuse successfully defended its 2008 crown with the triumph.

"I'm a little bit at a loss for words," said SU Coach John Desko. "I can't tell you how happy I am for our group. I'm excited they've won the school's 11th national championship."

The title was Desko's fifth as head coach, putting him third on an exclusive list behind former SU mentor Roy Simmons Jr. and Princeton's Bill Tierney, who each accumulated six.

Syracuse trailed 9-6 after Cornell's Roy Lange scored with 5:31 left in regulation. SU Coach John Desko called timeout to settle his crew and review the situation they faced. The Orange got a glimmer of hope when Stephen Keogh scored his second of the game and 49th of the season on an assist from Hardy. The goal pulled SU within two, 9-7, with 3:37 on the clock.

Then Jamieson stepped up, securing a pass from Josh Amidon and beating Cornell netminder Jake Myers with 2:46 remaining to narrow the gap to 9-8.

The Orange had its opportunity but seemed to have run out of luck when Cornell secured possession in the final half minute. Syracuse rode the Big Red a forced a turnover. A loose ball emerged on the stick of Keogh, who threw behind-the-back to Matt Abbott. With two defenders checking him, Abbott threw a behind-the-back pass to Kenny Nims who tallied with four seconds left to force the extra session.

Cornell won the overtime faceoff and immediately went into Syracuse territory. SU's Sid Smith regained possession for the Orange to set up the dramatic finish.

"It's our time of year," said Nims in the postgame press conference, when asked about the connection between Syracuse lacrosse and Memorial Day. "This is why you go to Syracuse."

Nims was named the tournament's most outstanding player. Joining him on the all-tournament team were Abbott, Jamieson, Pat Perritt and Joel White.

Balanced scoring, an Orange characteristic all season, was front and center on Monday as well. Eight different players scored goals for SU with only Jamieson and Keogh scoring twice. Jamieson also had an assist, while Amidon and Hardy each had one goal and two assists.

The Orange won 12-of-22 faceoffs and Jake Moulton paced the effort by taking 10-of-17. SU also had the edge in ground balls, 30-28, thanks in part to six from White.

Syracuse found itself in a strange land during the contest-- playing from behind. The Big Red jumped out to a 2-0 lead and after the Orange tied things on goals from Chris Daniello (21st) and Greg Niewieroski (9th), Cornell tallied with 21 seconds left in the first period to go up 3-2. It marked only the third time all season that SU was behind after the opening session. It was also the first time Desko's club had trailed in the 2009 postseason.

The Orange tied the score twice in the second period. Keogh drove home his 48th to knot things at 3-3. Pat Perritt, who had four goals in the semifinal win against Duke, found the net for his 18th of the season off a pass from Abbott to tie things at 4-4. Cornell tallied the last two goals of the first half and went into intermission ahead, 6-4. It was the only the second time in 2009 that SU was behind at the break.

The squad's traded goals in the third. SU goalie John Galloway made two point-blank stops in the first few minutes after the break to keep it close and Amidon got on the board with his 14th of the campaign. Amidon's netfinder made it 6-5 Cornell with 8:24 remaining in the third. Cornell answered when John Glynn tallied his third goal of the contest and the Big Red remained in front at the end of the third, 7-5.

Syracuse closed the gap again in the fourth when Hardy took a pass on the crease from Jamieson and dumped in his 25th goal. Cornell responded after back-to-back penalities on the Orange when Max Seibald tallied a man-up goal with 7:20 left, making the score 8-6 Big Red.

The Orange, seeded second in the tournament, got into the championship game by defeating Duke in the seminfals, 17-7. Cornell, the fifth seed, ousted top-rated Virginia in the other semifinal, 15-6.

SU Notes: Syracuse won its fifth NCAA title of the decade (2000, 2002, 2004, 2008 and 2009) ... SU improved to 11-5 in championship games with the win ... The Orange's 11 titles tops the sport ... Desko's NCAA record improved to 28-5. . .His .844 tournament win percentage is the highest among coaches who have coached at least 10 postseason games ... Monday's game was the ninth title contest settled in overtime ... Syracuse (1989) was the last team to trail after three quarters and win the championship ... The Orange trailed Johns Hopkins 11-9 that year before claiming a 13-12 victory ... Cornell had been 12-0 this season when leading after three quarters ... The Big Red had won 39 straight contests when leading after the third period ... Syracuse had been 0-5 when trailing at halftime in championship games ... The 16th win of the season tied the SU record shared by the 1922 and 2008 squads ... Syracuse improved its advantage in the all-time series with Cornell to 60-33-1, including a 2-1 mark in the NCAA Tournament ... Syracuse is the first program since Princeton (1996-98) to win consecutive NCAA titles.

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major choke job
    by (#1524) on 5/25/09 @4:38PM
way to blow it, big red. that was horrible.
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   (no subject) by 5/25/09 @4:47PM
      (no subject) by 5/25/09 @4:55PM
      okay.. by 5/25/09 @5:20PM
         p.s. by 5/25/09 @5:25PM
         good comment by 5/25/09 @5:46PM
      grasshopper by 5/26/09 @1:50PM
   WOW... by 5/25/09 @5:03PM
      Free Speech Pal... by 5/25/09 @5:27PM
    by (#208891) on 5/25/09 @5:15PM
the orange got the luckiest goal in the history Abbott chucks it over his shoulder tips off the defenders stick to Kenny Nims then scores:) :D
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   wow by 5/25/09 @5:16PM
today is my bday
    by (#204058) on 5/25/09 @5:29PM
championship monday is my b day
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   i think it was an amazing game by 5/25/09 @5:37PM
Questionable Nims' Goal
    by (#94442) on 5/25/09 @5:33PM
on the tying goal with 4 seconds left Nims left his feet to dive around myers, his left hand landed in the crease, by NCAA rules it no longer matters whether the ball was in the net first. if a player intentionally leaves his feet and lands in the crease the goal does not count........

glynn had a sick game but that was a costly when he got called for using his hand on that one faceoff
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   (no subject) by 5/25/09 @5:52PM
   I think by 5/26/09 @4:45PM
      (no subject) by 5/27/09 @10:15PM
         You can leave your feet by 5/27/09 @11:13PM
Tambroni's coaching, and Tewaaraton
    by (#72283) on 5/25/09 @7:59PM
Tambroni missed some big chances late in the game to call a time out and set something up. Bad coaching IMO... Especially when they got the quick OT possession. If your team has less legs and is running out of gas, why would you not give them a quick rest and try to set up a push to the goal? It just doesn't make sense.

Also, I think Seibald still deserves the tewaaraton despite the loss. Abbott made some great plays but I wouldnt say his impact was felt as heavily as Seibald's. Crotty kinda S#%t the bed on Saturday and Gladding played okay, but neither of them really have a shot anymore. Greer had a great year but if you look at the teams he lit up, his big points were all on easier days... So once again it came down to Monday, and I think Seibald really lived up to his nomination today.
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   i have to agree with you completely by 5/25/09 @9:23PM
Let this be a leason
    by (#108912) on 5/25/09 @8:07PM
Let this game be a lesson to all of those coaches who think the slow down or "half-field" game is a good idea. This game plan came back to bite CU in the end along with the lack of depth at the midfield. Cornell wasted 2 minutes worth of clock in the forth quarter and did not get a goal, not to mention it was early on in the 4th quarter. A three goal lead with a whole quarter is not a big lead at all especially when you are playing a team like SU. Cornell could have used that time to get back at SU, instead they squandered it. Sure you can waste the clock, but if you dont have anything to show for it in the end you killed a lot of time for nothing, and now the other team who can put points up on the board a lot faster than you is going to do so.

I also hope Tambroni realizes with this game that he needs to really start recruiting deeper midfield units, having only 3 really productive midfielders is going to really hurt your team in crunch time.
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   I HATE SYRACUSE by 5/25/09 @11:03PM
      hold up i agree for the most part by 5/25/09 @11:42PM
      hold on by 5/26/09 @12:09AM
         yep i agree by 5/26/09 @2:23PM
         Whoa, DUKE? by 5/28/09 @9:37AM
         Whoa, DUKE? by 5/28/09 @9:41AM
      NOBODY by 5/26/09 @10:08PM
      wowow (nt) by 5/28/09 @3:21PM
      wow by 5/28/09 @3:22PM
         and...? by 5/28/09 @9:40PM
            (no subject) by 5/29/09 @9:42AM
   Tambroni by 5/26/09 @8:45PM
      Call it what you will by 5/28/09 @2:50PM
Cornell blew it
    by (#3709) on 5/25/09 @11:07PM
they were acting like they won way to soon.

the commentator would not shut up about how close Cornell was to the big upset.

How it was in there hands.

then with the last goal.

it would have been a better clear if they just through it in the corner, fight for it, and then played a soft ride if SU gets it back keeping everybody in front of them.

It would have been impossible for SU to get it back up the field fast enough to tie it.
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   (no subject) by 5/28/09 @6:29AM
Coaching Experience In Big Games Helped Syracuse
    by (#136419) on 5/25/09 @11:07PM
IMHO, something that helped Syracuse a bit was the fact that their coaches have so much experience coaching in the Final Four and the Title Game, while Tambroni was coaching in his first title game. I think he is a great coach and coached brilliantly for 116 out of 120 minutes and change of lacrosse in the Final Four. Up 9-6, I think he played a bit not-to-lose. I think that timeouts should have been called more than once to right his team's ship. His team should have tried to tack on another goal or two. And, should he have called a timeout after Cornell got the faceoff in OT? However, since this was his first title game, it definitely was a learning experience and very possibly a confidence-builder. I think that he will win a title in time. Don't forget that Dom Starsia lost in OT to Princeton in two title games before beating Syracuse in 1999 to win his first. Since then, Dom is a perfect 2-0 in title gaems. And Dave Pietramala went to two semifinal games and one title game before finally winning it in 2005.
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   Title game experience. by 5/26/09 @7:43AM
      (no subject) by 5/26/09 @9:24AM
         I didn't know that by 5/26/09 @10:42AM
            TOs by 5/26/09 @10:58AM
   Agreed by 5/26/09 @11:50AM
Who Wins The Title In 2010?
    by (#136419) on 5/26/09 @2:02PM
Who do you think wins it? Feel free to give your reasons, whether it be coaching, players returning, etc.
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    by (#183596) on 5/26/09 @2:22PM
i just feel really bad for cornell. They outplayed cuse for 3 quarters, but couldnt finish it in the end
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    by (#198198) on 5/26/09 @3:24PM
it came down to coaching. when your team has possession of the ball and its a quick whistle clear, you must realize things will go awry and he shouldve called a timeout to set up a clear. mistake 2, when they won the faceoff in OT he shouldve called a timeout to set something up that couldve almost guaranteed a goal. its on tambroni, yeah he shouldve chucked the ball on the clear but not one kid is thinking clearly in those kind of moments and the coach needs to step in, that is his job.
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   Tambroni Will Win One Within The Next Few Season by 5/26/09 @4:44PM
   OT TOs by 5/26/09 @6:00PM
Predict The Next Decade In Lacrosse
    by (#136419) on 5/26/09 @4:50PM
That is, from 2010-2019.

1. Will the Big Three(Hopkins, Syracuse, UVA) dominate?

2. Will the four other programs that have won titles(Cornell, Princeton, North Carolina, & Maryland) break the drought and win at least one?

3. Will a team finally win it for the first time? The teams I think will have the best chance are Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Navy, & UMBC.

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   ok ill try. by 5/26/09 @8:53PM
   good questions by 5/27/09 @10:58PM
(no subject)
    by (#167651) on 5/28/09 @11:18PM
Boring and redundant. How can college lacrosse have a real shot if there's no real competition. Cornell was the only notable upset of the tournament, and even at that UVa was going down already. Clearly, college lacrosse is still a long way from the even playing field of other collegiate sports like basketball, where almost every game is anybody's game to win.
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   ? by 5/29/09 @3:26PM
   i agree by 6/02/09 @3:49PM