SYRACUSE, N.Y.—Syracuse sophomore midfielder Brendan Curry scored with 40.9 seconds left in overtime to lift the 12th-ranked Orange to a 9-8 comeback victory over the No. 2 Blue Devils Sunday in a thrilling ACC men’s lacrosse game at Cicero-North Syracuse High School.
The Orange (5-2, 1-1) rallied from an 8-4 deficit with 6:28 remaining to stun Duke (8-2, 0-1) in the Blue Devils’ ACC opener. The Blue Devils led 8-4 in the fourth quarter, but were unable to score in the final nine-plus minutes as Syracuse held Duke to just two goals in the second half.
After a fast-paced first quarter that featured a combined six goals and 20 shots that left Duke leading 4-2, the scoring production slowed as both teams were held to 20-minute scoreless streaks. The Blue Devils led 6-3 at the break, scoring two of the three goals overall in the second frame.
Joe Robertson notched the first goal of the game and Garrett Leadmon tacked on two more to put the Blue Devils ahead 3-0 in the first 4:38. Both Robertson and Leadmon finished the day with two goals. Joey Manown also had a pair of tallies.
Syracuse pulled within one before the first break, but Duke’s defense put the clamps on the Orange for the next 29:14 to take a 7-3 lead at the 9:49 mark of the third quarter.
The final 22 minutes of regulation was a reversal of fortunes. After the two teams traded goals midway through the fourth, it was Syracuse’s offense and defense finding success in putting together a 4-0 run in the final 5:46 to force overtime.
Two of the four goals in the spurt were on extra man with Syracuse finishing the afternoon 4-of-4 on man-up offense. Stephen Rehfuss scored two goals and had an assist in the stretch, while Nate Solomon had a goal and an assist. Rehfuss finished the day with two goals and an assist, while Solomon had two goals and two assists.
Syracuse nearly won in regulation as the final shot pinged off the crossbar sending the two teams back on the field for an extra session.
Duke won the opening faceoff in overtime, but a save from Syracuse goaltender Jakob Phaup gave the Orange the ball back. Blue Devil backstop Turner Uppgren responded with his 11th save of the afternoon and Duke cleared. Kevin Quigley got a look at the cage, but had his shot blocked allowing Syracuse to clear and eventually find Curry on the doorstep for the winner.
Porter finished with 12 saves for Syracuse and Uppgren had 11. Syracuse’s Jakob Phaup won 8-of-12 faceoffs, while Brian Smyth was 6-of-15.
Duke continues ACC play Saturday, March 30 at North Carolina. Faceoff is set for 2 p.m., on ESPNU at Fetzer Field.