It was a rough day for both the Syracuse men’s and women’s lacrosse teams as they both fell in the ACC Championship game.
The men suffered a tough 15-14 defeat to Notre Dame. In the first quarter, the Orange found themselves down 3-1, but an unassisted goal by Hakeem Lecky started a three goal run to end the quarter, giving them a one-goal advantage. The Orange extended their lead to two but two last minute goals by the Fighting Irish tied it at seven going in to halftime. After a third quarter in which they were out scored by the Irish 7-2, the Orange, led by Ricky Staats’ fourth and fifth goals of the game, were able to battle back and make it a one goal game. The Orange had two very good chances to tie at the end of the game, but a Billy Ward shot with 41 seconds left hit the pole and a Kevin Rice shot with two seconds left was saved, giving the Fighting Irish their first ever ACC title in a matchup between the conference’s two newcomers.
Staats’ four goals led the way for the Orange. Derek Maaltz had two goals and an assists and Rice led the way for the Orange with seven points, one goal and six assists. His 15 tournament points are an ACC record for their conference tournament. Nine players registered a point for the Orange. Matt Kavanagh led the way for the Irish with four goals and two assists. He was named the tournament’s MVP.
It wasn’t that close of a game for the top-ranked women’s team. They fell behind early 2-0 and trailed heading into halftime 7-5 against the Maryland Terrapins. The Terps scored the first three goals of the second half en route to a 13-7 victory. The loss gives the Orange a 17-2 record on the season with both losses coming against the Terps. Kayla Treanor led the way with three goals and Katie Webster finished with two for the Orange. Brooke Griffin had three goals and two assists for the Terps, helping her win the tournament MVP award and lead her squad to their sixth consecutive ACC title.
The Orange men finish their regular season off on May 3rd as they host Colgate at the Carrier Dome. Faceoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. ET. The women finish their regular season on the same day and in the same location against Loyola. Their faceoff is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.