What an exciting night for the Syracuse menâ??s lacrosse team as they prevail for the win against #2 Cornell. The much anticipated matchup between SU and Ivy League foe, Cornell, brought the Dome to life Wednesday night as Syracuse handed Cornell its second loss of the season, which also ended a 4-game win streak.
The Orange was lead by senior midfielder Luke Cometti, who scored a career-high 4 goals on the night. Cornell star Rob Pannell had a stellar first quarter but was silent the rest of the game. He had 3 assists and 1 goal early, but it was not enough for the Big Red. Even in the losing effort, Pannell appreciated being on a big stage with the Orange.
"A game like today, a 13-12 game, it's what the fans pay the price of admission for," Pannell, an All-American, says. "Both teams fought, and Syracuse came out on the winning side. There's nothing more exciting than this, that's why I came back a fifth year, to play in these types of games."
Cornell came out of the gates on fire, jumping out to a 4-0 lead. Syracuseâ??s Scott Loy scored the first goal, assisted by JoJo Marasco. Less than two minutes later Henry Schoonmaker, last weekâ??s Big East Offensive Player of the Week, put the ball in the net to get the Orange within 2.
Rob Pannell answered back with an unassisted goal giving Cornell a 5-2 advantage. Syracuse made it a 5-4 game with back-to-back scores by Steve Ianzito and Derek Maltz. Cornell finished the first quarter with a 6-4 lead.
Baldwinsville native Billy Ward started the second quarter with a goal for Syracuse. Luke Cometti started his career night with another SU goal, tying the game at six a piece with about 10 minutes to go in the half. Cornellâ??s Connor Buczek scored two straight goals to give the Big Red an 8-6 lead at halftime.
Just as Connor Buczek ended the first half, he started the third quarter: with a goal to end Cornellâ??s lead to 3. Luke Cometti kept Syracuse in the contest with his second goal at the seven minute mark. JoJo Marasco joined in on the action with a goal and then assisted on another Luke Cometti goal to end the third quarter. Cornell led 10-9.
The Orange took over in the fourth quarter as Marasco nets his second goal of the night to tie the game at 10. However, on the opposite side of the filed, Max Van Bourgondien and Cornell regained the lead. Goals by Cometti and Schoonmaker gave the Orange its first lead of the game with the score of 12-11. A crafty and greatly executed pass by Ryan Barber to attacker Kevin Rice increased the lead to13-12.
Syracuse goes on to defeat Cornell 13-12 despite a controversial Orange turnover and a missed shot by Cornellâ??s Connor English in the remaining thirty seconds.
SU senior defenseman Brian Megill talked about the final minute of the game afterwards.
"When you hear that sound with one minute remaining and the Dome just erupts, you feel it in your body, and it's one heck of a feeling," Megill, who was faced with the task of guarding Pannell all game, says. "It's great to come out of here with a win, and take the Upstate rivalry and bring the trophy home.
Syracuse is now 8-2 and will host Rutgers on Saturday.