All good things must end eventually and the dominant, undefeated run of the 2012 Syracuse Orange field hockey team did just that on Thursday, losing their first game of the season to UMass, 2-1.
Two second-half goals erased a 1-0 Syracuse lead as Massachusetts (6-8) handed the No. 1 Orange (12-1) its first loss of the season, 2-1, on Thursday afternoon at Garber Field. Alyssa Manley scored the Orange's lone goal.
Trailing by a goal, the Orange earned three penalty corners in the final minute of regulations, including two that came after time expired, but the Minutewomen were able to fight off the scoring opportunities to hang on for the upset victory.
UMass' first goal broke Syracuse streak of 437 minute and 19 seconds of shutout play by senior goalkeeper Leann Stiver, a streak that went all the way back to September 16th.
The 12-0 start by the Orange goes down as their second-best start in program history, following the 2008 14-0 start. Still, tough to watch them lose to a 6-8 team just weeks removed from beating the No. 2 and No. 3 teams in the nation.
The Orange actually stay in Amherst to take on No. 13 Stanford (9-4) on Friday. They'll want to get back to their winning ways quickly in order to get that losing taste out of their mouth.