October 22, 2010

Poll: LM's 2010 Upset of the Year

by Corey McLaughlin | Lacrosse Magazine Online Staff

2010 Awards: Coach (M) | Coach (W) | Upset | Performance (M) | Performance (W)| Player (M) | Player (W) | Game | Comeback

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Who doesn't love a good upset?

The losing team, of course. They were supposed to win. But for everyone else, a surprise victory by an underdog seems to capture our affection and imagination.

These are the outcomes that make you say, "Wow," or "I never expected that." There sure were plenty of them in lacrosse in 2010.

Lacrosse Magazine will run its year-end superlatives in the December issue, but do you have a preference? Vote in our fan poll (at right) or leave a comment (below) to join the conversation.

Tufts 9, Salisbury 6, NCAA Division III men's championship
The Jumbos' unlikely tournament run — they had never been past the quarterfinals — culminated with Tufts' first national title in any team sport. And it came against mighty Salisbury, an eight-time men's lacrosse champ. "Besides our alumni and our fans, I don't think anyone thought we could win this one," said Tufts junior DJ Hessler, who had four assists. In fact, Tufts dominated the game to cap a 20-1 season. It took a 7-1 lead midway through the second quarter then held off a brief rally by Salisbury. The Jumbos also took out defending champ Cortland, 10-9, in the semifinals.

Army 9, Syracuse 8 (2OT), NCAA Division I men's tournament first round
Army hadn't won a postseason game since 1993, and there wasn't really any reason to think it would this time. Syracuse, the two-time defending national champion, was playing in the Carrier Dome as the No. 2 seed, hosting the unseeded Black Knights. At points in the game, the Orange led 5-1 and 7-4. But Army rallied to force overtime. In the second OT, Devin Lynch scored off a feed from Jeremy Boltus with five seconds left to secure the stunning win.

Japan 11, Australia 9, FIL World Championships pool play
The Japanese took a giant step forward on the international level by taking fourth place at the world games, their best ever finish since fielding their first national team 18 years ago. An upset of the Aussies — who beat Japan, 18-1, just four years earlier — highlighted the run. Japan went up 8-5 on a hidden-ball trick goal by Kadota Masayuki and led 10-5 early in the fourth quarter. "I thought the Australia team was at too high a level, that we couldn't beat them," Japan coach Yoshihiro Okubo said.

Navy 9, Johns Hopkins 8 (OT)
Navy snapped a 36-game losing streak against Hopkins that dated back to 1974 on an Andy Warner goal with 10 seconds left in overtime. The Midshipmen trailed 5-0 after the first quarter, but scored six unanswered goals heading into halftime. The Blue Jays led 8-6 late in the third quarter, but again Navy erased a deficit. Patrick Moran tied the score on an extra-man goal with 9:39 left in the fourth quarter.

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