No. 1 Syracuse rallies to edge Duke, 12-11

May 22, 1994|By From Staff Reports

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Attackman Casey Donegan scored with 3:37 remaining, as top-seeded Syracuse edged eighth-seeded Duke, 12-11, before 4,427 at the Carrier Dome in an NCAA quarterfinal game yesterday. It was the Orangemen's 10th straight win.

Syracuse faces Virginia in the national semifinals Saturday at Byrd Stadium at noon.

Donegan, 5 feet 7, 161 pounds, scored on a feed from freshman linesman Rob Kavovit to cap a 3-1 game-ending run. Duke (10-6) took only six shots in the fourth quarter and scored once in the final 12:27.

Syracuse outshot the Blue Devils 65-47 and won 16 of 25 faceoffs. Duke did not score on its seven extra-man opportunities. Both teams were six goals below their averages.

The Orangemen (13-1) have won 23 straight and 51 of their past 53 games at the Carrier Dome. Defending champion Syracuse, which has won NCAA titles in four of the past six years, is 17-2 in the tournament since 1988 and has made it to the Final Four for 12 straight years.

The Blue Devils, playing in their first NCAA quarterfinal and third postseason game overall, took a 4-1 lead on a goal by Steve Finnell 5:37 into the game. Four Blue Devils scored in that opening surge.

Duke, which beat Maryland for its first NCAA tournament win, never trailed until the last minute of the third quarter, answering every Syracuse spurt.

Midfielder Dom Fin scored twice in a 4-1 Orange run, and his goal midway through the second quarter tied the game at 5. Ross Moscatelli scored 1:06 later to push Duke ahead 6-5.

Duke extended the lead to more than one goal for the first time since one minute into the second quarter as Ken Fasanaro scored 3:43 into the third for an 8-6 advantage. Duke outshot the Orangemen 16-11 in the quarter, scoring twice. Syracuse goalkeeper Alex Rosier made eight of his 19 saves in the third.

Midfielder Roy Colsey, who had averaged nearly six goals for the previous seven games, used his first points of the game to key three unanswered Syracuse goals. He assisted attackman Jim Morrissey and scored with 1:05 left in the third to give Syracuse its first lead.

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