SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Syracuse freshman Jamie Trimboli scored 40 seconds into overtime to lift the fifth-ranked Orange to a 12-11 victory over No. 11 Duke in ACC men’s lacrosse action Saturday afternoon. The loss ends a five-game win streak for the Blue Devils.
Duke falls to 7-3 overall and 0-1 against ACC foes, while Syracuse improves to 6-1 and 2-0 in league action. The game featured six ties and four lead changes with neither team sporting more than a two-goal advantage. Sergio Salcido led all Orange players with two goals and two assists.
Trailing 8-6, Duke’s largest deficit of the game, after 45 minutes of lacrosse, the Blue Devils went on a 5-1 run over a span of nine minutes to take back the lead 11-9 with 6:29 to play in the period. Senior faceoff specialist Kyle Rowe sparked the run with a faceoff victory and transition pass to senior Jack Bruckner to pull Duke within one, 8-7.
Bruckner finished with a game-high five points from four goals and an assist, while Rowe was outstanding at the X in winning 16-of-26 draws. Justin Guterding added two goals and two assists and Joey Manown chipped in a hat trick.
Syracuse responded to make it 9-7, but the Blue Devils scored four goals in 3:30 to race in front 11-9 with 6:29 remaining in regulation. John Prendergast started the spurt at the 9:59 mark and Guterding netted his second of the day two minutes later to tie the game 9-9. Bruckner put the Blue Devils in front again, 10-9, after a fantastic defensive play from sophomore Cade Van Raaphorst and Manown got his third of the day 16 seconds later for the two-goal cushion in the fourth quarter.
The Orange pulled within one again six seconds later and scored the tying goal with 1:26 left in regulation. Duke used a defensive stand and had a couple of chances for the winner in the final minute of regulation, but couldn’t convert. Bruckner got the final shot in regulation, missing wide after a good defensive play from the Orange.
Just like the second half, the first half was a back and forth affair with Duke and Syracuse trading goals and neither team leading by more than two scores. Syracuse got goals from five different players in the opening half, while Manown and Bruckner both had two to pace the Blue Devils.
The Orange opened the scoring just 1:22 into the game, but Duke answered 24 seconds later when Reilly Walsh raced down the middle and found Manown on the crease for the tally. That trend continued as Syracuse regained the lead and Duke continued to respond, leaving the two teams knotted at four apiece early in the second frame.
Guterding keyed the 3-0 run for Duke after his intended pass hit off of Syracuse goaltender Evan Molloy’s stick and trickled over the goal line to tie the game 4-4. Less than a minute later Bruckner gave the Blue Devils their first lead of the game, 5-4, with his second of the afternoon and Brad Smith capped the spurt with his first of the day.
Syracuse stopped its scoreless stretch at 11:16 on a Nick Mariano goal to bring Duke’s lead back to one, 6-5, heading into halftime. Mariano led the Orange goal scoring with three tallies.
The Orange took advantage of its man-up opportunity to start the third quarter and added another goal midway through the period to regain its lead 7-6. Syracuse tacked on another goal in the final minute for its largest lead of the game 8-6 going into what proved to be a thrilling final quarter.
Danny Fowler and Molloy both finished with six saves in the game. Rowe, with 16 faceoff victories, pushed his season total to 107 and became the 13th player in NCAA lacrosse history to win 100-plus faceoffs in four seasons.
The Blue Devils continue their ACC gauntlet at North Carolina next weekend. Duke faces off against the Tar Heels April 2 at 7 p.m., on ESPNU.