Baltimore -- The Syracuse University men's lacrosse team allowed the tying goal on an end-to-end rush with 5 seconds left in regulation, then defeated the Georgetown Hoyas 9-8 in overtime when senior attackman Stephen Keogh's hard right-handed bounce shot beat Jack Davis in sudden death.
It was the fourth goal of the game for Keogh, one of the few SU players to have success against a Georgetown (2-3) team that surprised the Orange with a mix of sagging zone and man-to-man defense. The Orange (4-0, 1-0) next plays at 7 p.m. in the Carriier Dome vs. Albany.
Keogh's heroics came after SU squandered an 8-6 fourth-quarter lead. Trying to kill the clock and out of timeouts, SU lost possession in the Georgetown zone and Gerry Reilly went coast to coast and beat John Galloway high with 5 seconds left to send it to sudden death.
The late fireworks were in starl contrast to most of the game, a turnover-filled, ugy game in which the Hoyas departed from their free-wheeling ways and played slow down. They took only one shot the entire second quarter.
SU John Desko probably never thought he would see this day.
"Theyâ€™re not a team that stalls the ball or plays a lot of zone defense normally. They come out and run and gun and press you all over the field defensively," he had said beforehand.
Not today. The result was an ugly, ugly game for the most part, but SU gutted it out to remain undefeated. Despite yielding the tying goal, SU goalie John Galloway made 13 saves and won his school-record 48th game in cage for the Orange
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