BALTIMORE Dylan Donahue and Billy Ward provided four points apiece as nationally ranked No. 10 Syracuse University beat No. 2 Johns Hopkins, 12-10, in a nonconference game Saturday at Homewood Field between the top two programs in college mens lacrosse history.
Donahues third and final goal with 2 minutes, 13 seconds left, sealed the victory for the Orange (4-2).
Johns Hopkins scored with just less than 10 minutes left and trailed 11-10 until Donahues goal.
It was another great Syracuse-Hopkins game, SU coach John Desko said. In the second half, just as we thought, the Blue Jays came out strong and scored a couple of quick goals to turn it into a tight lacrosse game again.
Fortunately, we got a couple goals down the stretch to hold on and keep the lead, Desko added.
SU goalie Dominic Lamolinara played his first full game of the season and finished with 11 saves. He anchored the best defensive effort for SU against a ranked opponent this season.
The Orange had allowed 16 goals or more in its prior three games against ranked teams.
For Johns Hopkins (5-1), Ryan Brown scored eight goals on 11 shots. Brown finished one goal shy of tying the programs single-game record.
Blue Jays attackman Brandon Benns goal-scoring streak was stopped at 21 games. It was the third-longest streak in the country.
Johns Hopkins dominated the faceoff battle, as Drew Kennedy won a career-best 21-of-25.
The Orange beat the Blue Jays for the seventh time in its past eight meetings. Johns Hopkins holds the all-time edge in the series, 27-24-1.
Johns Hopkins and SU rank first and second, respectively, for wins all-time. The Blue Jays have won 938 games while SU follows with 850.
The two programs have combined to win 20 of the 43 national title games in the sport. SU has won a record 11 championships while Johns Hopkins ranks second with nine.
The Orange will play at Atlantic Coast Conference foe Duke at 12:30 p.m. next Sunday in a rematch of last years national championship game. That game will be televised on ESPNU.
SYRACUSE 17, FLORIDA 12
Freshman Taylor Poplawski matched her career-high with four goals to lead the No. 2/3 Orange to a victory over the No. 4/5 Gators at the Carrier Dome.
Kayla Treanor added three goals and two assists for SU (7-1).
Former Carthage star Kailah Kempney, contributed a goal and won six draw controls.
Senior Alyssa Constantino made nine saves in her first start at goalie this season for the Orange, which will host Harvard at 7 p.m. Tuesday.