WOW what a win.
The Syracuse Orange got a signature victory on this young season with an overtime win over the Virginia Cavaliers, 9-8. The win was absolutely huge for John Desko and company, who entered the game with a 1-1 record and something to prove to the college lacrosse world.
Virginia took a 6-4 lead in to the locker room at halftime following a dominant second quarter that saw the Cavs outscore the Orange 3-0. Syracuse then responded with a 3 goal quarter of their own on three goals from the attack of Matt Harris, JoJo Morasco, and Dylan Donahue. The Cavaliers beat the Orange in the fourth quarter 2-1 before Kevin Rice won it in overtime in front of 5,388 Carrier Dome faithful.
“Well if I had to pick a spot on the field to shoot from it would be right there,” Rice said. “That’s my favorite spot. That’s my sweet spot. Dylan dragged the bottom corner defender and I knew I had time to set my feet. I figured it was as good a shot as we were going to get.” -Kevin Rice following Syracuse’s overtime win over Virginia.
This win was absolutely huge for the Orange, as it clearly made a statement that the Albany loss was behind them and that they are without a doubt a contender to cut down the nets this postseason. Syracuse lost just about every facet of the game Friday night, but when the ball hit the net in overtime, the Orange led the only stat that mattered. This was a gutsy win for a team that has struggled at times in these first two games of the season. Virginia is a legitimate power in college lacrosse, and anytime these two rivals meet it is expected for the game to be a classic. The fact that the Orange found a way to win is a huge accomplishment against a very talented and proficient Virginia team.
The Orange next play March 9 in Chester, PA against the St. John’s Red Storm.