One of the things I do know is, despite the failure of our local newspaper to chronicle the NCAA title game in its TV listings, that it’s traditionally played on Memorial Day. I also know it’s a nifty sport to watch, especially when there’s nothing else on. (Okay, the Coca Cola 600 is on, but’s it’s been raining on and off in Charlotte.)
Cornell made it to the final after upsetting #1 Virginia on Saturday. Actually they thrashed the Cavaliers. #2 Syracuse is defending national champs, and made it to the final.
So I just turned in right after the beginning of the fourth quarter. Cornell had a surprising one goal lead, 7-6. The game seems a tactical one, lots of tough defense. The Big Red scored two more for a three goal advantage, with about five minutes to play.
Then the ‘Cuse pulled within one, 9-8, after controlling several midfield faceoffs. I do seem to recall from somewhere that digging the ball from turf is a very important trait of the good squads and players.
Cornell stole the ball during a Syracuse possession with half a minute to go, then lost the ball at midfield. With seconds to go on the clock, Syracuse got the ball in front of the net to the nation’s leading scorer, Kenny Nims, who tallied to tie it with :04 on the clock. Until then, he’d been held scoreless on the day.
Syracuse just won it, 10-9 in sudden death OT, for its 11th national title.
Not bad for cloudy Monday.
– Seedy K