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Leaving Foxboro(ugh)

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The compelling storyline of the day is Syracuse attackman Cody Jamieson, the JUCO transfer who didn’t secure his eligibility until a month ago and went on to score the game-winner in the national title game.

It’s a good story. It’s what I wrote about for tomorrow’s just-filed dead-tree edition story.

But the most memorable part of Syracuse’s 10-9 defeat of Cornell was the amazing final 27 seconds of regulation, as Kenny Nims went from committing a turnover to forcing one to scoring the tying goal after two circus passes.

There was no shortage of happy people on the field at Gillette Stadium afterward, from Jamieson and junior college (and current) teammate Sid Smith to ex-Georgetown midfielder Scott Kahoe to program patriarch Roy Simmons Jr.

And while the typical Syracuse bravado ensured no one would admit they thought they were toast at 9-6 with four minutes left (Why would they? They’re Syracuse), the final sequence of regulation was in no way as calm as the Orange would have people believe.

That said, coach John Desko and several players pointed out unsettled situations are frequently worked on during practice. And maybe that’s a big reason why the Orange keep coming up big on Memorial Day (five times in the last 10 seasons, now).

That’s it from Foxboro(ugh) – at least until 2012, when the championships return. They drew 41,935 today, a substantial spike from the semifinals that speaks well of some interest generated in the area over the last few days.

More to come looking back on the season that was over the next couple days. But for now, I have a flight to catch from Providence – which is far enough from Foxboro(ugh) to prompt some rather quick filing this afternoon.

Patrick Stevens

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