March 28, 2011
TC3 puts halt to losing skid
DRYDEN — Three straight goals in the fourth quarter gave Tompkins Cortland Community College a dramatic 9-8 come-from-behind lacrosse victory over Niagara County CC Saturday, snapping a 21-game losing streak that dates back to the 2009 season.
On a bitterly cold day, the two teams stayed within a goal of each other until the closing seconds of the second quarter, when visiting Niagara County (0-1) scored to take a 6-4 lead into halftime.
The Panthers (1-2) pulled to within one early in the second half when Robert Earnshaw scored off an assist from Dylan Chilson, but Niagara answered to make it 7-5 midway through the third. TC3’s James Dowdall brought it back to a one-goal game, but Niagara again responded to make it 8-6 at the end of three.
The fourth opened with Dowdall again finding the net, this time on a great shot from the right wing to make it 8-7 with 12:59 left in the game. Dowdall wasn’t done, as the Dryden High graduate scored again to tie the game at 8-8 with 9:59 left.
With momentum on their side, the Panthers looked to reclaim the lead and came close with a great scoring chance with 7:30 left. TC3 came up short on a close range shot, but minutes later they cashed in on the big one. With 3:27 left in the game, Earnshaw scored the game winner off an assist from Dryden High alum Austin O’Brien.
The TC3 defense was led by Brett Gifford and anchored by goalie Cory Spisak, who was strong the entire game. Spisak finished with eight saves as TC3 held a 27-23 advantage in shots.
Dowdall led TC3’s scoring with four goals and an assist followed by Earnshaw with four goals.
TC3 will host Cayuga CC Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Syracuse Escapes Again
VILLANOVA, Pa. — The Cardiac Syracuse lacrosse squad did it again Saturday.
Sophomore JoJo Marasco scored with six seconds left in regulation to lift top-ranked Orange (7-0) to a 5-4 Big East victory at seventh-ranked Villanova (7-2) before a record crowd of 6,289 at Villanova Stadium.
Syracuse senior long stick midfielder and Cortland High grad Joel White recorded a season-high seven ground balls in the victory.
It was the Orange’s third one-goal victory in the last four outings and its second straight 5-4 decision. In the process, the Orange equaled its best start since 2000 and remained unbeaten all-time in conference play.
The Wildcats’ loss ended their six-game winning streak and represented their first home loss of the year.
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