The University of Denver overcame an early six-goal deficit to beat the University of North Carolina 12-11 and reach the semifinals of the men’s national college lacrosse tournament.
The fourth-seeded Pioneers scored two goals in the last two minutes to set up a meeting with No. 1 seed Syracuse on May 25. The championship game is scheduled for two days later at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia.
Denver is in the semifinals for the second time in three years as it chases a first National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament win. Syracuse has claimed the title 10 times since 1983, most recently in 2008 and 2009.
Denver trailed 6-0 in the first quarter and 9-4 at halftime against the fifth-seeded Tar Heels at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
The Pioneers then outscored North Carolina 8-2 in the second half. A goal by Eric Adamson tied it at 11-11 with one minute, 31 seconds remaining in the fourth and Eric Law scored with 13 seconds remaining to give Denver its only lead of the game. Law scored three goals for the Pioneers and Wesley Berg added four.
In the last quarterfinal matchup today, second-seeded Notre Dame meets No. 7 Duke for the right to play Cornell.