Canisius College’s dream of a major upset in women’s lacrosse lasted only a few seconds Tuesday afternoon at the Demske Complex.
The Griffs were tied with No. 4-ranked Syracuse for just six seconds late in the game before Halle Majorana scored with 2:51 left to put the Orange in front for good in their 13-11 victory.
The teams had been tied, 10-10, with 6:05 left in regulation on April 3 when their game was suspended because of a snowstorm that covered the Demske surface. It was decided to complete the game Tuesday.
Syracuse struck first once play was resumed Tuesday when Kelly Cross scored on a free position shot with 3:42 left.
The Griffs’ hopes were raised when sophomore star Erica Evans scored with 2:57 to go with an assist by Lauren Smolensky. The tying goal was Evans’ 60th of the season, a Canisius record, and the 98th of her career.
The joy didn’t last long, however. Syracuse scored just six seconds later when Kayla Treanor won the draw and passed to Majorana. Syracuse added another goal by Cross with 1:54 left to run its record to 17-4 .
“We put ourselves in a great position to score an upset today, and we hope that next time we can come out on the positive end against an opponent like Syracuse,” said Canisius coach Scott Teeter. “We made a few mistakes that cost us, but we will clean those up and look for better results moving forward.”
Taylor Giglio led the Griffs with three goals while Allie Stewart scored twice and Tessa Chad added two goals and an assist.
Canisius (11-6) now will concern itself with winning the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference playoff championship this weekend at Demske. The MAAC regular season champion, Canisius will face Fairfield on Friday at 8 p.m. after Marist and Monmouth meet in the first semifinal. The championship game will be at noon on Sunday.