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College lacrosse: SU storms back to reach semifinals

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — Syracuse University’s men’s lacrosse team continued the pattern that has worked all season Saturday.

The top-seeded Orange rallied to score three goals within the final three minutes of regulation — capped by redshirt freshman Dylan Donohue’s game winner with 13 seconds left — to edge Yale, 7-6 in an Division I NCAA Tournament quarterfinal at Byrd Stadium at the University of Maryland.

Second-ranked Syracuse (15-3) advances to a national semifinal next Saturday in Philadelphia against the winner of today’s quarterfinal between North Carolina and Denver.

Yale (12-5) threw a scare into the Orange by holding its opponent scoreless for more than 43 minutes after yielding the game’s first four goals.

The Bulldogs, who trailed 4-1 at halftime, extended their run into a six-goal surge to forge a 6-4 lead as Brandon Mangan scored three goals and Conrad Oberbeck scored twice.

“I think we got a little too comfortable with things,” Syracuse coach John Desko said. “They started changing their defense and started going from a zone defense to a man-to-man defense and started doing some different things. We got sloppy. Give them credit for the D they played, but we got sloppy.”

Kevin Rice and Luke Cometti scored within a span of 44 seconds for the Orange to draw even, with Cometti converting on a quick feed from behind the goal from midfielder JoJo Marasco with 2:20 left.

Yale had a chance to take the lead with 1:21 left, but Syracuse goalie Dominic Lamolinara stuffed Oberbeck to secure possession for the Orange.

“I just found a loose end,” Oberbeck said. “I really thought I canned it. Some breaks just don’t go your way, but yeah, I thought it was going to go in.”

Syracuse then cleared the ball and called timeout with 55 seconds remaining.

After working about 30 seconds off the clock, Marasco found Donahue a few yards from the goal to set up the winning goal.

“They were looking to slide to JoJo,” Donahue said. “I could see all the guys wanted to go and my guy turned his head and he left me open for a while there. I was just waiting for JoJo. I think he saw me the whole time and was just waiting for the right time to pass it.”

Donahue and Marasco each finished with a goal and two assists for Syracuse, while Cometti and Derek Maltz each scored twice.

“D.D. just backed out and was right by the net,” Marasco said of the winning goal. “I tried to hit him with the pass and I saw him early. I trust him every time. The whole year, he put the ball in the back of the net and look what he did in a quarterfinal game. It was just huge for us.”

LE MOYNE 16, ADELPHI 13

Senior Tyler Prevost, an Immaculate Heart Central graduate, scored a goal and assisted on four others to help propel the No. 3-ranked top-seeded Dolphins past the third-seeded Panthers in a Division II semifinal game at Adelphi University in Garden City.

Andrew Chadderdon and Kevin Kelly each scored five goals for Le Moyne (17-2), which will make its 13th national championship appearance, when it takes on No. 1-ranked and seeded Mercyhurst at 1 p.m. May 26 in Philadelphia.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

SYRACUSE 13, FLORIDA 9

Sophomore Kailah Kempney, a Carthage graduate, scored two goals to help spark the Orange past the Gators in an NCAA Tournament quarterfinal at the Carrier Dome.

Fourth-seeded Syracuse (18-3), advances to face top-seeded and undefeated Maryland in a semifinal on Friday at Villanova University.

The Orange (18-3), which defeated Florida in double overtime last year in an NCAA semifinal, extended its winning streak this season to 13 games.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game against a very good Florida team,” Syracuse coach Gary Gait said. “They got the better of us earlier this year in Miami. We looked at this game as an opportunity to demonstrate how much we’ve grown and how far we’ve come since the beginning of the year. From top to bottom our players gave incredible effort.”

Kayla Treanor scored three goals and assisted on another for Syracuse, including tallying her team’s first two goals in the second half.

With the game tied 4-4 at halftime, Treanor helped ignite a 7-2 run for the Orange.

Kitty Cullen and Shannon Gilroy each totaled two goals and an assist for Florida (18-3).

NORTHWESTERN 15, PENN ST 7

Alyssa Leonard’s four goals helped the defending champion Wildcats to an NCAA quarterfinal win over the Nittany Lions in Evanston, Ill.

Former Carthage standout Kat DeRonda supplied a goal and an assist for Northwestern (19-2), which will face North Carolina in the national semifinals.

Jenna Mosketti and Madison Cyr each provided a pair of goals for Penn St. (14-6).

TRINITY 8, SUNY CORTLAND 6

The No. 1-ranked and defending national champion Bantams downed the Red Dragons in a Division III NCAA semifinal at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Md.

Sophomore midfielder/defender Chelsea Martin of Ogdensburg Free Academy plays for SUNY Cortland (21-2).

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