It is time for another historic chapter of the Syracuse and Cornell lacrosse rivalry. This game will be played for more than just a tally in the win column, but for pride.
??It??s a battle of upstates, it??s a bloodbath, they want a piece of Syracuse every time they come up here?? said junior defenseman Brian Megill. Syracuse will be trying to re-establish themselves as the lacrosse powerhouse of Central New York.
These two schools are only separated by one hour, and the Orange have been facing off against Cornell in lacrosse since 1920. Historically, Syracuse has dominated the series with a 61-35-1 all-time record against the Big Red.
Each of the teams have had a dominant stretch during the rivalry. Cornell??s streak of 12 straight wins came from 1966 to 1979. The Orange went on a 13 game win streak during the 1990??s. However, since 2000 the rivalry has been almost even with Syracuse winning eight to Cornell??s six wins, including victories in the last two meetings.
There have been some notable games to remember throughout this series, but the most memorable one might have come in the 2009 National Championship game where Syracuse won in exciting fashion with a 10-9 overtime win. This game has since sparked the rivalry to where it is today.
Another element that will fuel the fire in this matchup for Syracuse (No. 7) is that Cornell (No. 2) comes in ranked higher for the third straight year.
??Recently they have, they were in the championship game with us in ??09 and have been very highly ranked over the years. I think they are on their way,?? Coach Desko said about Cornell??s developing program.
One of the biggest headlines of this game will be the match-up between Cornell??s All-American attacker Rob Pannell and Syracuse??s defenseman Brian Megill. Megill got his first stab at Pannell two years ago when John Lade went down with injury for Syracuse. Megill will have his hands full, but this is the most intriguing match-up to keep an eye on.
??He??s one of the best players that I??ve ever played against,?? stated Megill when asked about Pannell. ??He??s one of those players where he is the motor behind their team.??
Syracuse understands that Pannell is a player that cannot be shut down, but if the Orange can limit his points then that will give them a better chance to come out victorious and snap the losing streak against the Big Red.
The Orange (7-2) will face-off against Cornell (10-1) at 6 p.m. on Wednesday night in the Carrier Dome.