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Syracuse outlast Villanova in BIG EAST Lacrosse Final

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

Villanova University Athletics

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.