We're less than one full month into the college lacrosse season and we've already seen enough highlights and heavyweight thrillers to last an entire season.
The latest classic came Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome where No. 16 Syracuse rallied from five goals down in the second half to defeat No. 9 Army 11-10 in triple overtime.
Redshirt-senior captain Ryan Simmons scored the game-winner with 3:21 remaining in the third overtime period to give the Orange their second win of the season. However, his goal wouldn't have been possible without a couple of massive overtime saves from goalkeeper Dom Madonna and a second-half five-goal rally to knot the game at 10 in the fourth quarter.
It was only fitting, too, that Madonna assisted on Simmons' goal that secured the victory. Making an impressive seven saves on the day, Madonna launched a downfield pass to Simmons in front of the cage to net the winner.
Full field pass with a goalie assist in triple overtime? Sure, why not!! pic.twitter.com/Q0SRrpWdNn— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) February 24, 2018
But before that, in double overtime with a man-down disadvantage, Madonna stonewalled Army attacker Nate Jones to keep the game tied at 10 and extend the game.
Before the winner, let’s talk about Dom Madonna. This save while MAN DOWN gave us a chance to win pic.twitter.com/bNAlZFD0cD— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) February 24, 2018
Trailing 7-2 less than two minutes into the second half, Syracuse scored four unanswered goals from four different players (Tucker Dordevic, Stephen Rehfuss, Brad McKinney and Bradley Voight) to bring the game within one. After exchanging a pair of goals, the Orange then tied the game at 9-9 when Brandan Bomberry scooped and scored in front of the cage with 8:11 remaining in regulation — on a between-the-legs highlight-reel goal.
Syracuse held a brief 10-9 lead late in the fourth quarter before Army's Connor DeWitt tied the game with 5:11 to send it to overtime.
For full game highlights via Syracuse Athletics, watch below.
Check out the highlights from today's triple overtime thriller in the Carrier Dome. pic.twitter.com/yWlpiDvMl2— Syracuse Lacrosse (@CuseMLAX) February 24, 2018