Syracuse hands Clemson its first loss since last year

Eric Dungey threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns, Cole Murphy kicked a tiebreaking field goal in the fourth quarter, and host Syracuse stunned No. 2 Clemson 27-24 Friday night to put a damper on the Tigers’ chances to repeat as national champs.

Clemson (6-1, 4-1 ACC) had won 11 consecutive games overall, the longest active winning streak in the nation.

The Orange (4-3, 2-1) are 3-6 against the previous year’s national champion, also beating Penn State in 1987 and Michigan in 1998.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY: Amanda Pantaleo and Brittany Howard scored early in the third period as Robert Morris (3-0) skated to a 2-1 victory over host Maine (3-2).

Maine’s Catherine Tufts cut into the deficit with 6:21 left.

Each goaltender, Elijah Milne-Price for the Colonials and Carly Jakson for the Black Bears, stopped 15 shots.

FIELD HOCKEY: Brianna Ricker scored twice as Maine (9-4, 3-1 America East) took a 4-3 win over host New Hampshire (5-8, 2-2).

Casey Crowley scored in the 34th minute to give Maine a 2-0 advantage. New Hampshire scored with seven seconds left in the half to make it 2-1.

Ricker scored her second goal seven minutes into the second half and Riley Field added an insurance marker. Winning goalie Emma Cochran stopped six shots.


NHL: Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists and the Washington Capitals knocked the surprising New Jersey Devils from the unbeaten ranks with a 5-2 win Friday night at Newark, New Jersey.

Artemi Panarin and Seth Jones scored to rally the host Columbus Blue Jackets to a 3-1 win over the New York Rangers.


WNBA: Bill Laimbeer will be the new coach and general manager of the San Antonio Stars when the team is sold and relocated, possibly to Las Vegas, a source said.


GIRLS SOCCER: Brayden Reed scored for Berwick Academy (9-1-1, 5-0-1) with just over two minutes remaining in regulation as the Bulldogs rallied for a 2-2 tie to stay undefeated in the EIL with a draw against Newton Country Day (2-4-1, 0-2-1) in Newton, Massachusetts.


CHAMPIONS TOUR: Jerry Smith, David McKenzie and Gibby Gilbert III shared the first-round lead at 5-under 67 in the SAS Championship in Cary, North Carolina.

Jerry Kelly, Bart Bryant and Fran Quinn were a stroke back in the regular-season finale.

– Staff and news service reports

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