Syracuse Lacrosse season ends at hands of Cornell Big Red

Syracuse players Jamie Trimboli and Tucker Dordevic hug after the Orange's 10-9 loss in the NCAA Tournament to Cornell (Niko Tamurian)

For a while, it looked like Syracuse would flip the script from its 12-7 loss at Cornell in April.

The Orange held a three goal lead and had all the momentum.

Keyword: had.

The Big Red railed off three goals in a row and from there it was back and forth before a late goal from Colton Rupp delivered Cornell to a 10-9 win over Syracuse.

With the loss, SU's season ends with an 8-7 record. Cornell meanwhile advances to the National Quarterfinals against #1 Maryland.

The Orange had a solid game plan defensively, locking All-American defenseman Nick Mellen on Cornell's offensive All-American Jeff Teat. Mellen completely held Teat in check, with just one assist to his credit.

The problem though was that it opened the field for other Big Red players to attack, and that they did.

Clarke Petterson dropped five goals and it was enough for Cornell's second win over the Orange this season.

"I think that it was a great college game" said Syracuse Head Coach John Desko.

"They really stuck with it. I thought we played a decent second half. We hit some pipes and had decent opportunities to score, but credit to their defense for not allowing that to happen" he added.

The Orange's Final Four drought now hits five seasons, its last trip to the National Semifinals was 2013.

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