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Syracuse 13, Albany 12: Last-second goal propels Orange women’s lacrosse

Syracuse edges out Albany 13-12 to stay undefeated after Riley Donahue scores with 9.1 seconds left in the game.

The undefeated Syracuse Orange women’s lacrosse team almost let the game slip from their fingers Monday in the Carrier Dome.

With just over four minutes to play and the game notched at 11-11, freshman goalie Asa Goldstock lazily threw a pass to Taylor Gait down the middle of the field on a clearing attempt. The ball hung in the air long enough for Albany’s Dakotah Savitcheff to anticipate the throw and knock it out of the air.

Scooping the ball off the turf, Savitcheff raced towards the net. Goldstock frantically retreated to protect her goal and the tie game. But when she was six-yards away from goal-line extended, Savicheff sent a bounce shot the found it’s way just inside the right post. Albany (2-2) claimed it’s first lead of the game, 12-11.

But with time on the clock, fifth-ranked Syracuse battled back.

Nicole Levy earned a free position with 1:51 to play and sent her signature underhand rocket shot past the Great Dane goalkeeper, tying the game at 12-12.

Levy had a career-high six goals on six shots in the game and was 4-4 on free positions.

Finally after these team went back-and-forth for 60 minutes, attacker Riley Donahue administered the final blow. She scored the goal-ahead goal on a man-up free position with 9.1 seconds left to seal the victory, 13-12.

Fatigue could have played a factor in this game as the Orange only had one day of rest coming into the Albany game. Syracuse defeated UMass on Saturday 17-8. But the Orange showed resilience in the face of an Albany team that played like they had nothing to lose.

Next on the schedule for ‘Cuse is No. 11 Northwestern, their toughest opponent so far this season. After playing five games at home to start the season, the Orange are hitting the road to play the Wildcats on neutral ground in Hempstead, N.Y.