Top seed Syracuse (15-3) scored three goals in the final 3 minutes and 4 seconds to rally for a 7-6 NCAA quarterfinal victory against Yale (12-5) at Maryland’s Byrd Stadium on Saturday, May 18. The Orange advances to its 27th NCAA Final Four next weekend at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue capped the comeback, scoring the game-winning goal off a pass from senior midfielder JoJo Marasco with 13 seconds remaining to propel the Orange to the national semifinals.
“I think this is our ninth one-goal game this year. We lost three by one and this is our sixth win by one,” Orange head coach John Desko said. “Unfortunately, the guys are used to being in these kinds of situations and made some pretty good adjustments down the stretch to win the game. I thought our defense played great all game long. While we didn’t have it at one half, we picked it up on the other side of the field. I’m proud of the guys. Any win this time of year is a great win.”
Donahue and Marasco both had one goal and two assists in the victory. Marasco’s two assists couldn’t have come at better times for the Orange. He assisted on senior Luke Cometti’s tying goal with 2:20 left and passed to Donahue for the winner.
To pull off the victory, Syracuse had to crack a Yale defense that shut out the Orange for 43 minutes and 18 seconds during the course of the game, by far the team’s longest scoring drought of the year.
Early on it didn’t appear that goals would be at a premium. Syracuse stormed out to a 4-0 advantage and led 4-1 after the first 15 minutes. Junior Derek Maltz had two goals in the opening period and Marasco and Cometti each had one. But Maltz’s tally at the 1:22 mark proved to be SU’s last for nearly three quarters.