Syracuse vs. Cornell
April 12, 2011
The Game Story:
Syracuse, NY -- The top-ranked Syracuse University men's lacrosse team got dominated for the first 30 minutes of play by No, 5 Cornell and suffered its first loss of the season tonight, an 11-6 setback before a crowd of 4,776. It was SU's largest margin of defeat since the current senior class enrolled in 2008.
Playing without starting attackman Tim Desko (knee) and All-America close defender John Lade (ankle), Syracuse (9-1) was warned for stalling on its first possession and then turned over the ball without getting off a shot. That set the tone for the game.
With All-America attackman Rob Pannell scoring two goals and assisting on three others in the first half, the Big Red (9-2) outshot the Orange 22-7 and rolled into the locker room with a 7-2 lead. SU never recovered,
While Pannell (3-3) was the obvious star of the game, the Big Red pretty much controlled the action all over the field, beating SU consistently to loose balls. Hard as it may seem to believe, Cornell appeared to be faster than the Orange across the board.
SU's lone consistent offensive weapon was senior midfielder Josh Amidon, who scored three goals and added two assists for a career-high five goals.
Lade (ankle) tried to play but left early in the first quarter. Desko was a pregame scratch.

In Lade's absence SU tried Brian Megill, Dave Hamlin and Matt Harris on Pannell, with only Harris having any kind of success, and that may be because Cornell was content to sit on its five-goal lead in the second half.