It’s that time of year again. The time where there’s always next time turns to win or go home…it’s the 2011 NCAA Lacrosse Playoffs. As for the Orange heading into the 2011 post-season things are a little bit different. Instead of coming in as the defending champions, the Orange are coming in as the team that went one and done. Before they start their quest for redemption as another championship is in each and every one of their minds, in the back of them, it’s what happened last year on that Sunday May night.
Last year the Orange came into the tournament as the two time defending champions listed at the number two seed to host the heavily underdogs, the Army Black Knights. At 10-5 and a 1-14 record against the Orange in post-season play, the Black Knights didn’t stand a chance…or did they?
After leading the whole entire game the Orange some how managed to fall apart at the end sending the game into overtime. After not being able to close out the Black Knights in overtime the game would continue going into double overtime. As a stunned crowd watched the second overtime tick less than ten seconds with the Black Knights nearing the Orange goal, they were thinking triple overtime. But Army’s Jeremy Boltus and Devin Lynch were thinking other wise.
Boltus driving down the field passed to Lynch…Lynch shot…and he scored. With 5.7 seconds remaining in double overtime and the scoreboard reading Army 9, Syracuse 8, the Carrier Dome known as the “Loud House” sounded like an abandoned one. To make it even worse for Orange fans the two players, Boltus and Lynch that made that final goal happen and the amazing upset complete both grew up and played Lacrosse right there in Syracuse. Boltus, a graduate from Baldwinsville High School and Lynch, a graduate from Skaneateles High School both beat their hometown together.
However as the Orange take the field this Sunday night against the Siena Saints they’re going to make sure that what happened on that May Sunday Night last year in the first round of the NCAA tournament, won’t happen again this year, on this May Night.