EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. The Syracuse University mens lacrosse team made a big splash in the big city on Saturday night.
The Orange broke open a close game by scoring six successive goals in the fourth quarter to knock off top-ranked Notre Dame, 10-4, in the Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium to clinch a share of the Big East regular-season title for the third time in four years.
With the victory, ninth-ranked Syracuse (11-3, 5-1) finished in a tie for first with Villanova, but will be the No. 2 seed in the Big East Tournament based on a tiebreaker.
Dylan Donohue totaled a career-high four points, including three goals, with each point coming in the decisive 6-0 run for the Orange, which also denied Notre Dame (10-3, 4-2) a chance at securing its second consecutive Big East regular-season title.
After the Fighting Irish led 3-1 at halftime, Syracuse opened the third quarter with a 3-0 run in the first 4 minutes, 31 seconds to take a 4-3 advantage.
With the score tied 4-4 heading into the fourth quarter, Kevin Rice put the Orange up for good with a man-up goal by firing the ball just under the crossbar 26 seconds into the period.
Donohue followed by scoring three consecutive goals in the outburst, including two tallies within a span of a minute, to provide Syracuse with an 8-4 lead.
After Donohue finished off a pass from Cometti with 12:24 left, he converted on Rices pass from behind the net with 11:23 remaining to help spark the run, and later he scored with 4:43 left. Hakeem Lecky and Scott Loy also scored in the six-goal surge.
Rice finished with four points, including tying a career high with three assists, for Syracuse.
Goaltender Dominic Lamolinara registered six saves for the Orange.
Syracuse outshot Notre Dame, 32-24, and finished with a 29-19 advantage in ground balls, 29-19.
The Orange will meet the Fighting Irish again in a Big East Tournament semifinal at 7 p.m. on Thursday at Villanova. The championship game is slated for a noon start on Saturday at the same site.
nNOTES: The Orange are 6-1 all-time against Notre Dame. ... Syracuse senior captains JoJo Marasco and Brian Megill have been selected as nominees for the Tewaaraton Award, which is presented to the national lacrosse player of the year. This is the second straight year Megill has been chosen as a nominee and the first time Marasco has been selected as a candidate. ... Syracuse improved to 5-0 against top nationally ranked opponents in the regular season.