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College lacrosse: Bryant upsets Syracuse in NCAA tournament

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SYRACUSE — Bryant University achieved a breakthrough win for the men’s lacrosse program by never trailing against second-seeded Syracuse and toppling the fourth-ranked Orange, 10-9, Sunday inside the Carrier Dome during first round of the NCAA Tournament.

With the victory, the Bulldogs (16-4) advance to the NCAA quarterfinals for the first time in program history and will take on seventh-seeded Maryland noon Saturday.

It was just Syracuse’s third in NCAA loss in the Carrier Dome.

“There are so many layers to this win,” said Bryant head coach Mike Pressler. “Not only was it Syracuse at Syracuse, but we did it after playing a play-in game on Wednesday.”

Pressler added that it was “a monumental win for our program.”

Tucker James led all scorers with six points, posting a career-high four goals and adding two assists on the day. Colin Dunster and Alex Zomerfeld each chipped in a pair of scores.

Syracuse (11-5) received three goals from Kevin Rice and two more goals from Nicky Galasso. The Orange goalie duo of Dominic Lamolinara and Bobby Wardwell combined for nine stops.

“I can only congratulate Bryant with how they played in their game plan,” Orange head coach John Desko said. “Their zone defense was terrific. They really packed it in and their goalie (Gunner Waldt) played great — eight saves in the fourth quarter when we were trying to make a run to come back and win the game.”

The Bulldogs took a 7-5 lead into the fourth, but Syracuse knotted the game at seven with two goals with 10 minutes, 32 seconds to go in regulation.

James took command from there, putting the visiting Bulldogs back on top off a feed from Collins Gantz with 7:52 remaining. James renewed Bryant’s two-goal edge three minutes later on an unassisted tally. Rice would draw the Orange back within one.

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