By Wyatt Earp | May 26, 2009
Wow. What. A. Game!!! Among the unbelievable moments, Syracuse - after being down by three goals late - scored to tie the game with 4.5 seconds left in regulation.
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. - Kenny Nims never realized how desperate things had become for Syracuse because he refused to consider the possibility that the defending NCAA lacrosse champions might actually lose.
“Never count us out,” said Nims, who scored with 4.5 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime and help the Orange beat Cornell 10-9 for their second straight title and record 11th overall.
Cody Jamieson scored the game-winner 80 seconds into overtime to give Syracuse a victory over its central New York rival. Jamieson, a transfer who didn’t become eligible until April, has scored eight of his nine goals this season during the NCAA tournament.
It was the ninth time the championship game has gone into overtime, and the first since Princeton beat Syracuse 10-9 in 2001. Syracuse, which never led before the final score, is the first team to win consecutive men’s lacrosse titles since Princeton in 1997-98.
And if I may say so, Cornell midfielder John Glynn is a class act:
“They deserved it,” said Glynn, who admitted that Cornell got conservative after taking a three-goal lead. “We kind of maintained that game. Too much holding back with the ball—it kind of bit us in the butt.” ()
He’s right. It’s a shame, because I was pulling for Cornell, the underdog.
Congratulations to the Orangemen. I’m sure Syracuse alum Peakah is very proud.
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