Jack Near gave the No. 2 Notre Dame men's lacrosse team its biggest lead in regulation and the game-winner in double overtime as the host Fighting Irish dethroned No. 1 Syracuse, 13-12, on Saturday.
The win marks the first time in five tries during the program's history that Notre Dame (6-1, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has beaten a No. 1 team.
The Fighting Irish defense stymied the Orange (7-1, 2-1) to take a 9-3 lead on Near's first goal with 8:31 left in the third quarter. Syracuse (7-1, 2-1), led by Dylan Donahue with a game-high seven goals, found traction in the second half and overtook Notre Dame with a 3-0 run late in the fourth quarter for a 12-11 lead. P.J. Finley scored with 59 seconds left for the Fighting Irish to force overtime. Near added his second goal with 2:54 left in the second overtime for the win.
Mikey Wynne (St. Paul's), Sergio Perkovic, Nick Ossello and Near all scored twice for Notre Dame and goalie Shane Doss, the conference and USILA Defensive Player of the Week, made 12 saves.
"We had a great week of preparation this week, probably our best week of preparation for a game we've had and we needed every bit of it," Fighting Irish coach Kevin Corrigan said.
Notre Dame led 5-3 at halftime and scored four straight second-half goals to claim a six-goal advantage, Syracuse's largest deficit of the season, by the 8:31 mark of the third quarter. Conor Doyle (Gilman), Wynne, Matt Kavanagh and Near all scored in that sequence for the Irish.
The Orange answered by scoring six of the game's next seven goals.
No. 5 Denver 19, No. 14 Georgetown 7: Freshman Trevor Baptiste won 25 of 26 faceoffs, and 10 players scored to lead the host Pioneers (7-2, 1-0 Big East) past the Hoyas (6-4, 1-1).
Georgetown jumped to a 3-0 lead with 5:52 left in the first quarter. Denver responded with an 11-0 run that featured four goals and two assists by Maryland transfer Connor Cannizzaro.
The Pioneers outshot the Hoyas 57-23.
No. 7 Cornell 8, Dartmouth 2: The host Big Red (7-2, 3-0 Ivy League) overcame a slow start by scoring five goals in the third quarter to beat the Big Green (3-4, 1-1).
Connor Buczek and John Edmonds each scored three goals and John Hogan (St. Mary's) had one goal and two assists for Cornell, which has won four straight games.
No. 8 Virginia 14, Richmond 7: Owen Van Arsdale had five goals and Ryan Tucker (Gilman) added four goals to lead the host Cavaliers (8-2) past the Spiders (6-4).
Tucker scored the first three goals for Virginia to give it a 3-1 lead with 5:31 left in the first quarter.
"It could have been a complicated game," Cavaliers coach Dom Starsia said. "But we didn't allow it to be that way. We stayed on it, we got better when the ball was on the ground and we shot the ball well."
No. 9 Albany 25, UMass-Lowell 0: Blaze Riorden (three saves), JD Colarusso (two) and Trevor Cross (one) combined efforts as the host Great Danes (7-1, 3-0 America East) beat the River Hawks (1-8, 0-3) for the program's first shutout.
Connor Fields finished with a game-high seven goals, and Albany led 9-0 after the first quarter and 16-0 at the half.
No. 11 Yale 15, Penn 7: Conrad Oberbeck scored the first two goals and finished with five to power the Bulldogs (6-2, 1-2 Ivy) past the host Quakers (3-6, 0-3).
No. 12 Marquette 9, Villanova 8: Blaine Fleming scored the unassisted game-winner with 1:58 left in the fourth quarter as the Golden Eagles (8-1, 1-1 Big East) topped the host Wildcats (5-4, 0-1).
The win marks the sixth one-goal victory by Marquette this season. Kyle Whitlow had a hat trick for the Golden Eagles. Johnny Gallaway finished with a game-high four goals for Villanova.
No. 17 Army 12, Bucknell 4: Connor Cook recorded a career-high seven points (five goals, two assists) to lead the Black Knights (7-3, 3-2 Patriot League) past the host Bison (6-4, 3-3)
Army fell behind 1-0 before scoring six straight.
Mount St. Mary's 10, Sacred Heart 2: Evan Gormley and Bubba Johnson each had three goals and goalie Matt Vierheller made 12 saves to pace the host Mount (3-6, 1-1 Northeast Conference) past the Pioneers (4-3, 1-1).
Mount St. Mary's outshot Sacred Heart 16-2 in the first quarter.
Frostburg State 14, Christopher Newport 8: Tate Rolland and Nick Stailey scored four goals each to power the host Bobcats (11-0, 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference) past the Captains (6-3, 1-1).
Frostburg State is one of eight undefeated teams in the nation and the first to reach 11 wins.
Salisbury 29, Southern Virginia 4: Chase Berquist (Broadneck) and Adam Stork each had three goals and an assist to lead the Sea Gulls (7-4, 3-0 CAC) past the host Knights (1-9, 0-3).