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Men's lacrosse advances to NCAA Final Four

Dylan Donahue's goal with 13 seconds remaining lifted the Orange past Yale and into its 27th NCAA Tournament semifinal.

After finishing the season with eight straight one-goal games, the Syracuse men's lacrosse team entered Saturday's contest against Ivy League tournament champion Yale confident in its ability to win close.

That experience paid off, and it landed the Orange in familiar territory.

The national semifinals.

Syracuse (15-3) used a three-goal comeback in the final three minutes to rally past upstart Yale (12-5) on Saturday in College Park, Md. Redshirt freshman Dylan Donahue scored on an assist from JoJo Marasco with 13 seconds remaining to give Syracuse a 7-6 win as it advanced to a 27th national semifinal in program history.

Derek Maltz and Luke Cometti led the Orange with two goals apiece, and Donahue and Marasco each added a goal and two assists. Kevin Rice supplied a goal and an assist for the Orange.

Goaltender Dominic Lamolinara made nine saves to get the win.

Syracuse's semifinal opponent Denver also used a late comeback to upset North Carolina, 12-11 on Sunday. The Orange and Pioneers will collide on May 25 at 5 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.

Central New York rival Cornell will face Duke in the other semifinal matchup May 25 at 2:30 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.com.

The title game is schedule for May 27 at 1 p.m. in Philadelphia, Pa.

Orange men's lacrosse draws top seed

After a 13-3 overall record, Big East regular season co-championship and conference tournament title, Syracuse will face NEC champ Bryant in the first round of the NCAA men's lacrosse tournament on Sunday, May 12 at the Carrier Dome.

After being crowned co-champions of the final Big East men's lacrosse regular season and cruising to a conference tournament title, the Syracuse men's lacrosse team was rewarded with the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Orange (13-3) will face Northeast Conference champ Bryant (8-10) on Sunday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Carrier Dome. The game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The selection committee also rewarded Syracuse with its path through the 16-team tourney and to a potential 12th NCAA championship. After the Bulldogs, who are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance in program history, the Orange would face the winner of the matchup between No. 8 seed and CAA runner-up Penn State (12-4) and Ivy League tournament winner Yale (11-4) on Sunday, May 18 in College Park, Md. The semifinals are slated for May 25 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pa, with the final to follow two days later.

Bryant earned the NEC's autobid by knocking off Sacred Heart and Robert Morris in the conference tournament. The Bulldogs are led by senior midfielder Colin Dunster (31 goals) and NEC Tournament most oustanding player Peter McMahon.

Bryant also boasts the nation's top faceoff specialist in Kevin Massa. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound sophomore leads the NCAA with a .713 faceoff win percentage, going 293-411 on the year. He also has an NCAA single-season record 223 ground balls.

The Orange earned the Big East's autobid with a 13-9 win over league co-champion Villanova (7-8) on Saturday. Sophomore attackman Kevin Rice led Syracuse with two goals and three assists, and junior Scott Loy added a career-high three goals.

Junior attackman Derek Maltz had two goals and two assists to pace the Orange in a 9-3 win over Notre Dame (10-4) in a tournament semifinal on Thursday, May 2. JoJo Marasco dished out four assists for Syracuse.

The Irish earned the No. 2 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament, and will host MAAC champion Detroit (5-9) on May 11 at 5 p.m on ESPNU.

ECAC tournament champion Ohio State (12-3) and Denver (12-4) round out the top four seeds. The Pioneers, who fell to the Buckeyes in the tournament final, host Albany (13-4) on May 11 at 7:30 p.m. on EPNU.

See the complete bracket for a complete list of tournament games, times and broadcast information.

PODCAST Ep. 13: The Syracuse Giants

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

Podcast hosts Mark C. Volain and Joe Diglio sit down with the News House's NFL Draft expert Stephen Cohen to discuss first-round pick Justin Pugh, now a New York Giant, along with the Ryan Nassib, Shamarko Thomas and the rest of Syracuse's latest crop of NFL talent.

The gang then takes a look at C.J. Fair's latest decision, and what impact it may will have on the Orange's 2013-14 men's basketball season. Can Jim Boeheim's group return to the Big Dance — and then some?

Finally, lacrosse beat writer Sean Walker joins the pod to break down the Orange's stunning win over No. 1 Notre Dame, as well as the Orange's Big East Tournament chances in what may be the final year of the conference.


PODCAST: Out with Sprained Dreadlocks

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

Spring is in the air, and that means time for Syracuse football's spring game.

Mark Volain and Newhouse grad student Stephen Cohen sit down to talk about next year's football team, as well as the departing seniors as they prepare for Thursday's NFL Draft. Where will standout quarterback Ryan Nassib fall? 

Also, some news on Kayla Alexander, C.J. Fair and the Syracuse lacrosse programs.

Special thanks to YouTube hit Leah West for helping out in the intro. Check out her full song here

PODCAST: The Orange's Official Home in Atlanta

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

Join Mark Volain, Joe Diglio and guest Micky Shaked as they break down Final Four weekend, including a shoutout to the Orange's official home in the ATL and a glance at the national championship game — a Louisville win over Michigan.

The guys also tackle a big weekend of lacrosse, Kayla Alexander's pro prospects in the WNBA draft and preview of Syracuse football's spring game on Saturday. 

PODCAST EP. 10: Brewster's Finest

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

Mark Volain and Joe Diglio are joined by correspondent Micky Shaked, live from Atlanta, to break down the Orange's loss to Michigan in the Final Four. The trio hone in on a pair of former Brewster Academy standouts in Michigan's Mitch McGary and Syracuse's C.J. Fair.

Volain and Diglio also look at a wild weekend of lacrosse action, with big wins for the men's and women's programs.

PODCAST Ep. 9: Live from Atlanta

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

The GameTime Talk gang take their act on the road in following the men's basketball team to Atlanta for the NCAA Final Four -- sort of. Mark Volain, Joe Diglio and Tyler Greenawalt break down a wild weekend over Indiana and Marquette, and look ahead to games against Michigan and the Louisville-Wichita State winner.
Mark and Joe then return home to break down the men's lacrosse team in a dominating performance over Canisius, and a national championship rematch when the women's team fell at Northwestern on Saturday.

PODCAST Ep. 8: Bear Down, Syracuse

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

Join basketball writers Mark Volain and Joe Diglio as they sit down to talk about the opening weekend of March Madness, including an upset in the women's tournament.

The duo then breaks down a 2-1 week for the lacrosse teams, and dives into the future of the goaltender position for SU.

Special thanks to "Black Magic" and Nate Combs for this week's music, sponsored by this year's tourney darling Florida Gulf Coast University.

Review: House of Cards, Season 1 Episode 1

Netflix's first foray into television production may be the beginning of a bright future for on-demand television.

If Netflix’s original series House of Cards represents a new model for television, the future is bright.

The Internet drama, created by The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo director David Fincher and Ides of March co-producer Beau Willimon, captures the politico spirit of Washington, D.C. and the changing dynamics of a print newsroom, while the commercial-free nature of the distributor allows the story to progress in such a way that is impossible to do with network TV.

Kevin Spacey plays congressman Francis Underwood, the House majority whip who has played the political game long enough to be considered for a major cabinet position under recently elected President Garrett Walker (Michael Gill). But when Underwood is informed he won’t be appointed, the congressman turns the game on its head with the help of young Washington Herald reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara).

On several occasions, Underwood breaks the actor’s ‘fourth wall’ to reveal the depth of his inner monologue. Directly addressing the viewer, Spacey weaves us into the storyline and gives a glimpse into the mind of a political strategist. From the opening scene, these thoughts are eloquently expressed.

“There are two kinds of pain: the sort of pain that makes you strong, and useless pain — the sort of pain that only leads to suffering. I have no patience for useless things. Moments like this require someone who will act, to do the unpleasant thing, the necessary thing,” Underwood said as he prepares to put a wounded dog out of his misery.

Barnes plays the stereotypical young reporter in today’s age, part idealist and part social media maven. When she’s fed information from Underwood, Barnes quickly verifies it and gets it ready to publish — straight to the Web. Her audience comes from a generation that gets its news from Twitter and Stephen Colbert, and she plays to that crowd as an aspiring political correspondent while her editors focus on what she can do for the print edition. The dynamic leads to hilarious conversations with editor Lucas Goodwin (Sebastian Arcelus) — which most reporters remember having in their idealistic youth.

Perhaps the biggest advantage House of Cards has over network TV is its lack of commercials. Netflix’s paid subscription model allows for more flowing storylines, and the writers are able to tell a story without the need for cliffhangers and pauses every 12-15 minutes. The episode’s 56 minutes packs story into every second, rather than the 42 minutes of an average hour-long TV show.

Netflix released the first season in its entirety, allowing viewers to binge on all 13 episodes or space them out as they would a normal TV show. But with the pace of the individual storylines, viewers will likely advance instead of standing still. They’ll take Underwood’s advice: “Forward. That is the battle cry. Leave ideology to the armchair generals; it does me no good.”

On to the next episode.

PODCAST: The Madness Begins

A weekly look at Syracuse sports, featuring reporters from TheNewsHouse.com — your resource for news, sports and what's happening at Syracuse University.

Tyler, Mark and Joe sit down to recap the final Big East Tournament as we know it, then turn their attention to the Orange's potential run in the NCAA Tournament.
What can Syracuse do to avoid a dreaded first-round episode at the hands of Montana, as some analysts (including CBS' Seth Davis) are predicting?