Syracuse Orange NCAA Lacrosse Tournament 2013: Survive and Advance Past Bryant

Jim O'Connor-US PRESSWIRE

The Orange made everyone nervous again and fell behind early to possession happy Bryant. The Bulldogs were eventually overmatched, bringing our favorite "survive and advance" phrase back.

Kevin Rice and Dylan Donahue are two guys that are supposed to be the future of the Syracuse attack. When the Orange fell behind 4-0, Sunday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, they wouldn't have been able to come back without the two scorers who feed off the pressure.

The non-seeded Bryant Bulldogs came into the Dome looking for a historic upset but eventually fell to Syracuse 12-7 thanks to tighter defense and an offensive outburst in the second half that has become the staple of the top-seeded Orange (14-3).

Luke Cometti, Matt Walters and Kevin Rice grabbed the first three Orange goals to cut Bryant's early early lead to just one before Bryant cut the run with their fifth goal. Dylan Donahue tied things up by half to make fans somewhat more relaxed as the game would reset with the two teams tied at five.

The third quarter saw the Orange get into their game: causing turnovers and effective offensive possessions to overpower the Bulldogs. A 4-1 third led to a 9-6 Orange lead into the fourth. Cuse then tacked on another three in the final quarter to seal the deal. Rice led the team with four points and Donahue led the team with three goals.

Up next are another set of Bulldogs, these ones hailing from Yale. The last time the Orange played Yale in the postseason was in 1992. The Orange are 18-4 all time against Yale. If you're in College Park, Maryland swing on by and catch a great matchup.

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