Syracuse, Cornell Win in First Round of NCAA Lacrosse Tournament

Top-seeded Syracuse University erased an early four-goal deficit to beat Bryant 12-7 in its opening game at the national college lacrosse tournament, while Cornell University had the biggest upset of the first round with a 16-8 win over sixth-seeded Maryland.

Third-seeded Ohio State and No. 7 Duke also won yesterday to advance to the second round of the National Collegiate Athletic Association tournament. Ohio State topped Towson State 16-6 and Duke beat Loyola of Maryland 12-11 in double overtime.

Syracuse scored three fourth quarter goals to pull away from Bryant, which had led 4-0 less than seven minutes into the first quarter. Dylan Donahue scored three goals for the Orange, while Kevin Rice and Luke Cometti each had two.

Syracuse next plays May 18 against Yale University, which beat eighth-seeded Penn State 10-7 two days ago.

Cornell yesterday gave the Ivy League a second representative in the final eight of the tournament as Rob Pannell and Steve Mock each scored four goals against Maryland.

Cornell next faces Ohio State, which pushed its winning streak to seven games by routing Towson in its first NCAA tournament game since 2008.

Duke won the closest opening-round matchup yesterday as Case Matheis scored his third goal of the game with one minute, 40 seconds left in the second overtime against Loyola.

In May 11 first-round games, second-seeded Notre Dame defeated Detroit 9-7, fourth-seeded Denver topped Albany 19-14, and fifth-seeded North Carolina beat Lehigh 16-7.

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