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May 26, 2009

Blog from the 'Boro: NCAA Championships

LMO's Matt DaSilva, Paul Krome and Paul Ohanian blog live from the 2009 NCAA men's lacrosse championships in Foxboro, Mass. Check back here for commentary throughout the weekend, or leave your own comments below.

For updated brackets and all of our postseason coverage, visit the Mayhem Central page.

'Instant Classic' and a Clarification

posted Tuesday at 2:39 p.m. by Matt DaSilva

Well, I was home for about 10 minutes before I decided I must get on YouTube to see Kenny Nims' game-tying goal -- or more importantly, the bizarre sequence of events preceding it -- one more time.

As it turns out, if you get ESPN Classic, you can see it again for yourself tonight at 7 p.m. This thrilling NCAA Division I men's lacrosse championship game between Syracuse and Cornell has been dubbed an "Instant Classic" and will air then. ESPNU will also re-air the game Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and June 3 at 2 p.m.

I'm not that patient. I found the below clip on YouTube and it did the trick. There were varying accounts in Foxboro -- from media, coaches and the players who actually participated in Monday's circus act -- on how the game-tying goal went down. Here's the skinny:

After Kenny Nims' intended crease feed fluttered high and out of bounds, Cornell had possession on a restart in its defensive end. Max Seibald passed to Matt Moyer on the right wing. Moyer caught it inside with his left hand, switched to his right, and carried the ball up the right sideline. Nims rode him hard. Moyer tried to switch to his left hand and go to the inside, but Nims had him there. Moyer rolled back outside and switched back to his right hand. He got a step ahead of Nims and switched back to his left hand as he approached the center of the field, at which point Nims stripped him with a diving trail check.

(I know PK railed on Nims' selection as championship MOP below, but man, that was some some great riding by Nims.)

A loose ball ensued, with Moyer and Pierce Derkac of Cornell being pursued by Stephen Keogh and Joel White of Syracuse. Derkac scooped the ball, but could not escape with possession, as White made a timely strip over Derkac's head.

With the ball jarred loose again, Keogh broke free of the pack and snared it.

Eleven seconds left.

Just as Derkac brought the hammer down on Keogh, the deft Canadian threw a prayer behind his back as he slipped to the ground. The desperation feed found Matt Abbott streaking between two Cornell players.

As the entire Big Red defense drifted towards Abbott, the Tewaaraton finalist turned his back to the cage and kicked one leg out to keep his balance after drawing contact, looked over his shoulder, and shoveled a pass that floated about 15 yards. It deflected high off the outstretched stick of Cornell midfielder Roy Lang to Nims naked on the crease.

Cornell goalie Jake Myers came out to challenge Nims, but Nims showed remarkable crease presence. He received the feed high and dropped low, wrapping the shot around Myers' left leg and into the cage with 4.5 seconds remaining.

As Seinfeld would say, that is one magic loogie.

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