ROCHESTER — The 12th-ranked Union College men’s lacrosse team scored the final five goals of the game and had possession with less than 20 seconds left but came up just short in a 10-9 loss to top-ranked Rochester Institute of Technology in the third round of the NCAA Division III Lacrosse Championships Saturday night at the RIT Turf Field.
RIT (20-1) took a 3-1 lead after the first period on goals by Ryan Barnable, Damon Currie and Shawn Nally. Jack Donahue tallied for Union.
The Tigers extended their lead to 8-3 at halftime with three more goals in the second period. Spencer Bell scored twice, and Cam Isaac, Nally and Barnable also scored for RIT. Kerry Lyne and Hayden Frey scored for the Dutchmen.
RIT grabbed a 10-6 lead heading into the third quarter, but Union (14-4) took the momentum late in that period and scored the final five goals of the game, including Jack Kaufman’s unassisted tally with just 2:15 left.
Balanced Union was led by Frey with two goals and seven players with one goal each. Barnable scored three goals, and Isaac, Bell and Nally added two apiece for the Tigers.
Union 1 2 3 3 — 9
RIT 3 5 2 0 — 10
Union scoring: Frey 2-0, Diver 1-0, Davis 1-0, Lyne 1-0, Sands 1-0, Kaufman 1-0, Donahue 1-0, McCann 1-0, Sands 0-, Zimm 0-1. RIT scoring: Barnable 3-0, Isaac 2-0, Bell 2-0, Nally 2-2, Currie 1-0, Smyth 0-1, Tandy 0-2, Tait 0-1.
Goaltenders: Union, Jack Santilli, 11 saves; Graham Goldheim, 0 saves; RIT, Walker Hare, 9 saves.