Syracuse outlast Villanova in BIG EAST Lacrosse Final

Villanova University Athletics

Syracuse's 5-0 run puts Nova away despite late game comeback.

Syracuse was too much for Villanova to handle in Saturday's BIG EAST Lacrosse Final as the Orange took home the championship, 13-9.

The Wildcats were close to Syracuse to the halfway point in the second quarter. The Orangemen then went on a 5-0 run that ended at the beginning of the fourth quarter when Jack Rice's second goal of the game stopped the streak.

Nova went on a 3-goal streak of their own getting to with in two at 11-9 with 9 minutes to go, but Syracuse's defense tightened up with the championship and automatic qualifying bid in sight.

Post-game Villanova head coach Mike Corrado added, contest, "I’m incredibly proud of how our team fought all game and made a comeback. We were down by two with nine minutes left to play and that puts you in a great position to win. It’s a game of runs and we had momentum but Syracuse pulled out the win. Congratulations to the Orange for a great game."

With the squad's 7-8 record, Villanova will not be eligible for the NCAA Lacrosse tournament.

Thanks to our friends at SB Nation's College Lacrosse Headquarters, here is the truncated tempo-free box score:

Syracuse-Villanova: Truncated Tempo-Free Box Score
Metric Syracuse Villanova
Offensive Efficiency (per 100 Offensive Opportunities) 40.63 25.00
Offensive Opportunities 32 36
Shots per Offensive Opportunity 1.16 0.97
Offensive Shooting Percentage 35.14% 25.71%
Team Save Percentage 50.00% 53.57%
Saves per 100 Defensive Opportunities 25.00 46.88

Villanova Scoring
Goals: Rice, Jack 2; Piccirilli, Chris 2; MULRENAN, Tim 2; Casertano, Will 1; O'Neil, Kevin 1; Kluh, John 1.
Assists: Doherty, Nick 2; Casertano, Will 1; LoCascio, John 1; POPE, Remington 1.

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