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Syracuse wins NCAA lacrosse championship

May 25, 2009

It wasn’t quite LeBron James‘ game winner from the other night, but the end of today’s NCAA men’s lacrosse championship was quite a thriller.
With 30 seconds remaining and a 9-8 lead, all Cornell had to do is run down the clock to secure its upset of the Syracuse Orange. Unfortunately for the Big Red, they failed to do so. The Orange trapped Cornell near midfield and forced a turnover.
After the turnover, Syracuse’s Matt Abbott found Kenny Nims near the crease who snuck in the game-tying goal with 4.5 seconds remaining to force overtime. The Orange were down 9-6 with just over 5 1/2 minutes to go in regulation before finding a way to put up three goals to send the game to an extra period.
Fittingly, with 2:40 remaining in overtime Syracuse’s Dan Hardy found Cody Jamieson, a player who missed much of the year due to academic ineligibility, near the crease for a game-winning goal.
After leading 9-6 with 5:31 to go, Cornell could only stand stunned and shocked as the Orange celebrated a championship.
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