CORTLAND, NY (WSYR-TV) -- It's a play any kid with a lacrosse stick has tried in a backyard game with friends.
It's not a play typically seen in the NCAA national semifinals.
RIT executed the hidden ball trick in overtime Sunday, upsetting top-seeded SUNY Cortland 10-9. Allister Warren's game-winning goal propelled the Tigers to the D-III national championship game for the first time in program history.
Warren scored on a wide open net with 1:55 remaining in overtime, thanks to a great bit of misdirection. Tiger midfielder Taylor Wisman carried the ball at the top corner of the restraining box, where he crossed with Warren. Wisman flipped the ball up -- appearing to keep it himself -- while the ball was really with Warren. As Wisman pretended to cradle and charge the net, Red Dragon goaltender Mike Kaminski stayed focused on him, failing to see Warren take two steps in and fire home the winning score.
The crazy finish capped off an equally wild game.
Previously unbeaten Cortland was playing from behind all game long. The Red Dragons never led, and trailed 5-1 at halftime. They used a 6-1 run in the third and fourth quarters to things at 8-8.
RIT retook the lead off a goal from Jamesville-DeWitt alum Eddie Kiesa with 4:09 to play, before Cortland tied things again. Zach Hopps finished off a terrific tic-tac-toe fast break, leaping up to slam home a high pass from Cody Consul for the tying goal.
After some great defensive stops and a Tigers' penalty, the Red Dragons were man-up at the end of regulation of beginning of overtime, but could not convert the winning score.
Cortland finishes the season at 19-1.