A quick take on Syracuse defeating No. 6 Virginia in an OT thriller:
WHAT HAPPENED: Two of the most successful NCAA lacrosse coaches in Division I history battled at the Carrier Dome tonight. Virginia came to town for what’s always one of the most anticipated games of the season. This one didn’t disappoint.
The Orange jumped out to an early lead, scoring four goals in the first quarter. But the offense slowed down as Virginia switched to a frustrating zone defense. Virginia mounted a 4-0 scoring run before the half, leaving SU scoreless in the second quarter. The Orange were down 6-4 at the half.
Syracuse stormed back in the third quarter with three straight goals to jump back out into the lead. A few minutes into the fourth quarter, Virginia tied the game at 8. The defenses locked down and neither team scored for the last 10 minutes of the game. Overtime.
After a terrible day at the X, SU lost the most important face off of the game. Daddio, who went 3-for-11 on the day, lost the face off and Virginia took control. After a big defensive stand, the Orange grabbed the ball and it ended up in the hands of Kevin Rice, who found the back of the net.
WHAT IT MEANS: This was a huge win for a squad who is still trying to find itself. After many worried the fate of the season, the Orange responded with a victory that says, “We can compete with anyone in the country”.
STAR GAZING: Kevin Rice scored the game winning goal after just taking one shot all game. Also, credit goes to Brian Megill who helped shut down Virginia’s Mark Cockerton all game.
WHAT’S NEXT: Syracuse will take on St. John’s next Saturday, March 9th, 2013 at 12 p.m. in Chester, PA as a part of the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic. TV: ESPN3.