NCAA Semi-Finals: Syracuse 9 - Denver 8

(above) #1 ranked Syracuse scored with 39 seconds remaining to stun DU


The University of Denver lacrosse led for 59 minutes in the NCAA Lacrosse semi-finals, but top seed Syracuse staged a 5-1 fourth quarter rally. The Orange tied the game with just under a minute remaining on Luke Cometti's third goal and then scored the winner on a rebound put-back by Derek Maltz at 0:19 to defeat the Pioneers  at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.

Denver (14-5) got out to a 3-0 lead, and led by 4-1 and 5-2 in the first half. The Pioneers entered the fourth quarter holding a 7-4 edge.

DU goalie Ryan LaPlante made 13 saves for Denver in the first half, while giving up just two goals. Regardless, Tierney stuck with what he had been doing throughout the season, rotating goalies and replacing LaPlante with Jamie Faus, who allowed seven goals on 11 shots in the second half.

“This is what we’ve done all year, and none of those goals were Jamie’s fault,” Tierney said. “Jamie’s our closer, and he’s done a great job all year. We unfortunately didn’t cover up the rebound. I didn’t know heading out on the field after halftime how many saves Ryan had. I didn’t think much about it.”

Tierney talked about the transformation of the DU lacrosse progarm since his arrival.
"I'm so proud of that group [DU's Seniors] and so proud of what they've done for the program,” Tierney said. “Now we have some goals to set. Somebody's got to be better than four-straight tournaments, [and] two Final Fours out of four years. Look around, there's not many [other programs] doing that...I'm so proud and I'm so happy I made the move there, and I'm so proud, and I'm so happy for these young men. They're just a fantastic group of people.”

Matlz scored twice for Syracuse, and All-American JoJo Marasco added a pair as well. Eric Law had a hat trick for Denver.


dggoddard said...

Terrific effort by the DU players yesterday.

Unbelievable turnout by the DU fanbase. DU crowd was rocking.

Pregame BBQ was a great success.

Anonymous said...

Terrific choke job by the du chokers ha ha ha

Anonymous said...

DU crowd looked good on tv. Wish I could have attended. Not unrealistic for our Pioneers to make another final four over the next couple of years. Good season, and good coverage on the blog. Muchas gracias!

Dunker said...

Tierney, what a class act. One of the best hires in college sports history. Thanks to the entire lacrosse team for a wonderful season.

timt89 said...

The lacrosse team, coach Tierney, coach Brown and the entire staff did a great job. Also, kudos to the athletic department for creating the right environment to make it happen.

I think they may get us to #29.

Anonymous said...

I don't watch lacrosse often, but when I do I like to watch DU sh&t the bed.