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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team rallied from a four-goal deficit late in the third quarter, but couldn’t complete the comeback as Miles Thompson scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to lift the University of Albany to a 16-15 victory in the season opener for both teams Sunday at the Carrier Dome.

Thompson scored on an assist from his brother, Lyle, with three minutes left in the second overtime period.

Miles Thompson finished with three goals and two assists, Lyle added two goals and six assists, and their cousin, Ty, added five goals. All three are former Salmon River players.

It is the first time the Great Danes have defeated the nationally-ranked No. 13 Orange in 11 attempts, and the first season-opening loss for SU since it was beat by Virginia in 1996.

“I have to congratulate Albany and the coaching staff,” SU head coach John Desko said. “I thought their guys really came to play. I thought their attack was really special. I almost questioned moving Lyle (Thompson) from midfield to attack early on. He played really well. I could tell by the amount of assists he had that it was a great move. He obviously plays well with his brother (Miles) and his cousin (Ty). I thought they were spectacular tonight.”

Senior captain JoJo Marasco led the Orange with three goals and five assists, the highest point total for an SU player since Watertown native Kenny Nims tallied eight points against Princeton on Feb. 15, 2009.

Syracuse trailed 13-9 late in the third before scoring six of the game’s final eight goals to force overtime. Dylan Donahue scored back-to-back goals in the final five minutes to tie the game at 15.

SU possessed the ball for the entire first overtime period and misfired on five shots.

Junior Chris Daddio set career highs with 20 faceoff wins and eight ground balls for the Orange.

Kevin Rice provided a goal and three assists while Donahue finished with three goals for SU.

The Orange will host Army in its next game at 4 p.m. Sunday in the Carrier Dome.

WOMEN’S LACROSSE

MARYLAND 19, SYRACUSE 11

Katie Schwarzmann scored a game-high seven goals to lead the fourth-ranked Terrapins past the No. 2 Orange in a nonconference game in front of 1,445 fans at the Carrier Dome, the third-largest attendance mark in program history.

Senior Michelle Tumolo scored four goals to go with two assists for Syracuse (1-1), which had its eight-game winning streak in home openers snapped.

Tumolo moved into fourth-place on Syracuse’s career points list with 238. Junior Alyssa Murray added three goals to move into ninth all-time for career goals scored with 104.

Schwarzmann, last year’s Tewaaraton Trophy winner, scored the first three goals of the second half to put Maryland (1-1) up 11-6. It led by at least four goals the rest of the game.

Syracuse will host No. 8 Virginia at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Carrier Dome.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY

SUNY POTSDAM 1, BUFFALO STATE 0

Senior goalie Jen Conophy stopped all 22 shots she faced to record her second career shutout and lead the Bears to an ECAC West victory over the Bengals (6-18-1, 3-13) on Senior Day at Cheel Arena.

Sarah Nelson scored the lone goal for SUNY Potsdam (10-13-2, 6-9-1), which clinched the fifth seed in the ECAC West Tournament and will travel to No. 4 Utica College for a first-round game on Saturday.

The Bears tied Utica, 1-1, on Jan. 12 and suffered a 2-0 home loss to the Bombers the following day.

SUNY Potsdam has qualified for the conference tournament in each of its first five varsity seasons.

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