Syracuse lacrosse’s big lead collapses with a thump against Duke

Syracuse is seeded fourth for this weekend's tournament
Syracuse lost its second straight game

Chad Cohan’s goal with 3:07 left in overtime propelled Duke to a 16-15 overtime win on Saturday, the Orange’s second straight loss.

Syracuse lost in similar fashion last week to Johns Hopkins, blowing a fourth quarter lead and losing in overtime. On Saturday, the Orange was up 14-10 heading in to the final period, but the Blue Devils scored five unanswered goals, the last coming from Deemer Class to give Duke a 15-14 lead with 6:28 left.

Class went berserk during that run, scoring three of the goals and assisting on another. He finished with a career-high seven goals.

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Syracuse would finally stop the run after Derek Dejoe scored with 3:29 left on an assist from Sergio Salcido. Goalie Warren Hill made a key save with under two minutes left, giving the Orange an opportunity to win in regulation. But coming out of a timeout with 11 seconds left, the Orange turned the ball over as regulation ended.

The loss spoiled a dominant first half performance from the Orange. Salcido scored three of his four goals before intermission, and Tim Barber’s hat trick was also accomplished in that same time.

It was a rare off day for Ben William, who was just 12-28 at the X. He was spelled by Cal Paduda (3-6) at one point. Kyle Rowe went 18-32, as Duke won five of seven faceoffs in the pivotal fourth quarter.

The Orange returns home to play Notre Dame on Saturday, April 2 at 5 p.m., and it will be televised on ESPNU.

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