Turner Evans scored his fourth goal, the game-winner, with 24 seconds left as No. 8 Ohio State upset No. 3 and top-seeded Denver, 11-10, in the Eastern College Athletic Conference men's lacrosse championship Saturday in Geneva, N.Y.
The win secured the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament for Ohio State.
The Buckeyes (12-3) led for most of the first half, until Denver (12-4) tied it at 6 when Wesley Berg (two goals, one assist) scored with 3:02 left in the second quarter.
The second half featured four ties, the last, at 10, coming on a goal by Eric Law (two goals, one assist) with 2:52 left in the game.
Jesse King led the Buckeyes with six points on two goals and four assists. ECAC championship Most Valuable Player Logan Schuss finished with three points on two goals and an assist.
Both teams played tough defense to start the fourth quarter, and the Buckeyes broke the tie with 4:12 remaining and took a 10-9 lead. Law answered with his 33rd goal of the season off a pass from Cameron Flint to make it 10-10.
No. 6 Syracuse 13, No. 20 Villanova 9: Kevin Rice had two goals and three assists to lead the Orange (13-3) past the Wildcats (7-8) in the Big East championship.
Syracuse claimed its second straight conference tournament title, an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament and the team's fourth championship in the four-year history of the league.
Rice, a sophomore attackman, had seven points (four goals, three assists) in the tournament and was named the game's Most Outstanding Player.
Bryant 14, Robert Morris 7: Tournament MVP Peter McMahon scored his third straight hat trick while conference Player of the Year and faceoff specialist Kevin Massa went 21-for-25 to lead the host Bulldogs (8-10) past the Colonials (8-7) in the Northeast Conference championship.
The regular-season champions defended their conference title and earned the league's first automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
The Colonials fell behind 6-2 by halftime but used a four-goal third quarter to pull within 7-6 entering the final 15 minutes of play. But in the fourth quarter, the top-seeded Bulldogs scored seven goals — six in a row — to pull away.
No. 5 Syracuse 14, Georgetown 7: Freshman Kayla Treanor tied her career high with seven points (six goals, one assist) to lead the Orange (16-3) past the host Hoyas (13-5) and claim the Big East conference championship.
Syracuse won its third title and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. The Orange has won 11 consecutive games.
Georgetown scored the first two goals of the game to take an early lead.
Devon Collins put the Orange on the scoreboard and then assisted on Kailah Kempney's goal at the 16:38 mark to even the score at 2.
With the Hoyas leading 3-2, freshman Kelly Cross put her bounce shot in the back of the net off an assist from Treanor, giving Syracuse its first lead and sparking a 4-0 scoring run to end the half.
Stanford 7, No. 14 Denver 6: The Cardinal (13-5), led by Hannah Farr, Anna Kim (River Hill) and Lucy Dikeou, who scored two goals each, claimed their eighth Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament title in nine years in Eugene, Ore.
With the victory, Stanford earned the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
One goal separated the teams for most of the match. Farr put Stanford up 7-5 with 7:04 remaining before Jill Remenapp (Century) scored her second goal with 2:44 left to bring the Pioneers (17-2) within one.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun