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The Orange::44 NCAA Tournament Photo Galleries

There are few things as great as the NCAA Tournament in any sport.
In our continuing coverage of Syracuse Lacrosse’s tenth championship, I am proud to bring you my photos from the Notre Dame, Virginia, and Johns Hopkins games in the NCAA Tournament.

We start our coverage from Ithaca, New York where it was a rainy morning in the parking lot until entering Cornell’s Schoellkopf Field, when the clouds decided to stop raining and Syracuse decided to play a great game. Syracuse then punched their ticket to Foxborough and a match up with Virginia. The quarterfinals gallery can be seen here.

Next, Syracuse and Virginia played a great game even by Syracuse/Virginia standards. Easily the most exciting game of the weekend, Syracuse outlasted a barage of Virginia goals, making a comeback from a five goal deficit to tie the game and send it to overtime. Syracuse’s senior captin Mike Leveille then puts away the game winner in the second overtime, the team goes nuts and the stadium goes nuts. Syracuse is then sent to their 15th title game. The semifinal photo gallery is here.

Finally, the 2008 Revenge Tour culminated against long time foe Johns Hopkins. Who better to face in another championship game than Hopkins, who Syracuse defeated exactly 25 years prior to earn their first title. With the 1983 team on hand, Syracuse survived an amazing game from Hopkins players Paul Rabil and Michael Gvozden. Dan Hardy led the charge with three goals, and specialist Danny Brennan could not have picked a better time to earn his first career goal than the National Championship. Syracuse outlasted Johns Hopkins, the crowd again goes nuts, and Syracuse earns its tenth title. Syracuse avenges the previous campaign of a dismal 5-8 record to complete the best turnaround in a season in NCAA lacrosse history. The National Championship photo gallery can be found here.

I think you can tell that my friends and I not only saw some great games, but had a few good times along the way. If you can manage to get to the Final Four next season, even if Syracuse fails to make it, I highly recommend making the trip. In our continuing coverage of the National Championship win we will have some further reactions to the title, as well as a season in review, plus a Championship Edition of the Orange::44 Podcast coming soon. For now, enjoy pretending you were there in Massachusetts and reliving all the great moments from this NCAA Tournament.

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