The Union men’s lacrosse team came up short Wednesday in the Liberty League tournament semifinals in an attempt to upset RIT, which is both the nation’s and the conference’s No. 1 team.
Union led RIT heading into the fourth quarter Wednesday in Rochester, but the home team produced an 11-9 comeback win. Union (No. 4 seed, 5-3 overall) led RIT (No. 1, 9-0) 8-7 heading into the final period after a 4-1 third quarter in favor of the Dutchmen, but RIT scored the first two and final two goals of the fourth to advance to the weekend’s championship game against St. Lawrence.
After RIT pushed ahead initially in the fourth quarter, Hayden Frey tied it at 9 with a goal for Union with 7:21 to go. The teams played several scoreless minutes until RIT’s Dawson Tait scored the game-winning goal with 3:22 left.
Union, which is ranked No. 14 in Division III, received two goals and two assists from Frey, plus two goals and an assist from Keaton McCann. For RIT, Larson Sundown led the way with three goals and three assists, while Tait and Quinn Commandant each had three goals and one assist.
Dan Donahue made 14 saves for Union, which had lost 12-10 in its regular-season finale last weekend to RIT.
Union 3 1 4 1 — 9
RIT 1 5 1 4 — 11
Union scoring: Frey 2-2, McCann 2-1, Davis 1-1, Flood 1-1, Burnes 1-0, Helmig 1-0, McGovern 1-0, Puglisi 0-1. RIT scoring: Sundown 3-3, Commandant 3-1, Tait 3-1, Bell 1-2, Barnable 0-1, Angus 0-1, Montemorano 1-0. Goalies: Union, Donahue, 14 saves. RIT, Hare, 9 saves.