STONY BROOK -- Fans of Syracuse University athletics are saying it’s one of the greatest wins in the school’s history.
Yesterday, in the national semi-finals, the Syracuse women's lacrosse team came back from a seven-goal deficit, with 17 minutes left in the game, to win in double overtime, 14-13, over Florida -- the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
One of the leading players for the Orange was freshman Kelsey Richardson of Elbridge, who took over in goal in the second half, and finished with four saves.
SU now takes on No.2-ranked Northwestern, for the national championship, tomorrow night at 8; that game will be carried, live, on ESPN3 and ESPNU.
Northwestern is the defending national champs; SU has been to the Final Four three of the last five years, but this is the first time they've gotten to the title game.
SU outplayed Florida for most of the game on Friday -- outshooting them, 43-24, and picking up 19 grounds balls compared to just six for Florida. Senior Sarah Holden of Marcellus scored the winning goal for Syracuse; Holden had the best game of her career, finishing with four goals.
As of Richardson, the goalie who graduated from Jordan-Elbridge High School just a year ago, she comes from a lacrosse family -- one brother, Todd, played lacrosse at Mercyhurst College, while another brother, Tyler, is now playing at SUNY Morrisville.