COLLEGE PARK, MD (WSYR-TV) -- The Cardiac 'Cuse lived up to it's moniker once again, as the Syracuse men's lacrosse team rallied for three goals in the final three minutes on Saturday, defeating Yale 7-6 in the national quarterfinals. With the victory, SU earned its first trip to the Final Four since 2009, and the 27th in program history.
As has been the case in the past, the Orange did not disappoint when it came to dramatics.
West Genesee grad Dylan Donahue scored the game-winner with just thirteen seconds left in regulation, off a terrific feed from Tewaaraton Trophy finalist JoJo Marasco. The goal capped off a furious finish by the top-seeded Orange, which went nearly 44 minutes without scoring. Both Donahue and Marasco finished the game with a goal and two assists.
Syracuse opened the game on a four goal run, and looked like it might breeze into the national semifinals. But Yale -- one of the nation's top defensive teams all year long -- shut out SU for next 43:18 of play, putting up six unanswered goals in the process.
The Orange finally snapped its scoring drought with 3:04 left to play, when Skaneateles product Kevin Rice scored from the wing. 44 seconds later, Marasco fed a streaking Luke Cometti (West Genesee) on the crease doorstep for a game-tying quick stick goal.
SU goaltender Dominic Lamolinara made an equally big play on the defensive end, stuffing a point blank shot from Yale with 1:20 left in regulation. After clearing the ball, Syracuse called timeout before Donahue's game-winner.
The Orange advance to the national semifinals for the first time since winning back-to-back national titles in 2008 and 2009. The Final Four begins May 24th in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field.