The Yale men’s lacrosse team, which scored six straight goals to erase a four-goal deficit, and held No. 1 Syracuse scoreless for 43 minutes, needed to protect a two-goal lead with a little over three minutes left to earn its first national semifinal appearance since 1990. The 6-4 lead evaporated in a span of 44 seconds and then Dylan Donahue found the net with 13 seconds left as the Orange squeezed past the Bulldogs 7-6 in the NCAA Quarterfinal at Byrd Stadium.
Syracuse (15-3) jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the first 13 minutes of the game, but the underdog Elis, who trailed at some point in every game this season, had a second straight comeback. They were down four last week at Penn State and won 10-7, but the luck ran out against the 11-time national champions before 3,939.
Junior attackman Brandon Mangan led Yale (12-5) with three goals, while sophomore Conrad Oberbeck chipped in a pair and Michael Lipin had the other tally. Eric Natale made 11 saves and Dylan Levings won 12 of 17 face-offs.