The 1990 tournament championship game was played at Rutgers University in front of 19,070 fans. The Syracuse Orangemen defeated the Loyola Greyhounds, 21–9. Syracuse's participation in the tournament was later vacated by the NCAA Committee on infractions. Syracuse was found to have violated rules when coach Roy Simmons, Jr.'s wife Nancy Simmons co-signed a car loan with Paul Gait. Roy Simmons, Jr.'s 3-0 record as well as Gait's 7 goals and 7 assists in the tournament are not recognized by the NCAA.
This Syracuse team is notable for being undefeated and featuring the Gait brothers, Paul and Gary Gait as well as hall-of-famer Tom Marechek, and is generally considered one of the best teams in NCAA lacrosse history.
The Orangemen won three consecutive titles from 1988 to 1990. They became the first team to win three in a row since Johns Hopkins from 1978 to 1980.