With 12 seconds left to play in Saturday's Navy-Syracuse men's lacrosse game, the Orange led Navy 12-11. When the final buzzer sounded, Navy had won 13-12.
It was one of the wildest finishes in lacrosse all season.
NAVY WINS IT AT THE BUZZER pic.twitter.com/UgzMgTpnqF— Inside Lacrosse (@Inside_Lacrosse) April 21, 2018
After the Midshipmen scored for a tie to push to a potential OT, Navy FOGO Joe Varello won a faceoff against his brother, Syracuse FOGO Danny Varello, with just over 10 seconds to play in the fourth quarter.
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Joe raced toward the Syracuse goal, fought through a couple tough checks from Orange defenders, and then launched a ground ball to win the game.
LISTEN: @cfedSYR was on the call of yet another thrilling finish. Joe Varello wins the game for Navy with a goal with less than a second left in the game. https://t.co/Kx4p3zgOzr— WAER Sports (@WAERSports) April 21, 2018
It was truly an incredible goal, and a fitting end to a back-and-forth matchup between two Top 15 squads.
Just a handful of seconds earlier, trailing by one goal, Navy had forced a turnover and drove the field. The Midshipmen found space in the middle of Syracuse's defense for the equalizer from Jack Ray.
No. 16 #NavyMLax stuns No. 9 Syracuse 13-12 in the Carrier Dome. Jack Ray scores his fourth goal of the game with 9 seconds left and then Joe Varello scores with 0.2 seconds left to give Navy the win. One of the great wins in program history.— Navy Athletics (@NavyAthletics) April 21, 2018
Our friends at LacrosseReference.com put together live win probability charts for each game. This one was... unique.
Win Probability chart for this one is something to behold... pic.twitter.com/l1xz1virP4— Lacrosse Reference (@laxreference) April 21, 2018
Navy moves to 9-4 on the season, and helps its résumé in pursuit of a potential at-large berth, while Syracuse falls to 7-5.
What a game.
What a moment between brothers. @navymlax @CuseMLAX pic.twitter.com/7tqQsBGGml— Matt Kinnear (@mattkinnear) April 21, 2018