ITHACA, N.Y. -- Freshman midfielder Pat Perritt scored three fourth-quarter goals, including the game-winner with 48 seconds remaining to lift No. 12-ranked Syracuse (4-4) to a 12-11 victory against No. 4-ranked Cornell (7-2) at Schoellkopf Field. It was the Orange's third-straight win and second victory in four days against a Top 10 foe.
The game between the Big Red and Orange featured eight ties and four lead changes.
For the first time this season, Syracuse won a game in which it was trailing after three quarters. The Orange was previously 0-3 in contests when trailing after three stanzas and looked headed for the same fate when attackman Eric Pittard gave the Big Red a 7-6 advantage with 8:08 remaining in the third quarter. Neither team would score again in the period.
The action heated up in the fourth with a combined 10 goals by both squads.
Senior attackman Brett Bucktooth tallied his third goal of the game (his second-straight outing with a hat trick) just 1:57 into the final 15 minutes of play which tied the score at 7-7. Brian Crockett assisted on the goal.
Junior defenseman Steve Panarelli, who was terrific in this game with seven groundballs, including at least two interceptions, jumped on a loose ball that squirted out of a face-off scrum and took off for the Cornell cage. His shot beat Cornell goaltender Matt McMonagle to the high left corner and was his third goal of the season and fifth of his career. It gave SU an 8-7 lead with 12:54 left to play.
Cornell countered eight seconds later with a transition goal that stemmed from winning the ensuing face-off. David Mitchell buried a shot from Derek Haswell to tied the score at 8-8.
Mitchell then gave the Big Red a 9-8 edge when he collected a loose ball off a Syracuse failed clear attempt. That was with 10:16 remaining. From there, Perritt stepped up for the Orange. He used a swim dodge to get a shot off from within 10 yards to McMonagle's right side. He put SU ahead 10-9 with a 10-yard shot on the run from the right side with 7:13 remaining.
Sophomore attackman Mike Leveille tallied his second goal of the night with a ground-ball pickup at midfield. He streaked to his offensive end virtually untouched and safely deposited the ball into the cage to give Syracuse a two-goal lead, 11-9, with 6:38 left on the clock.
The Big Red did not back down. Talented freshman Max Seibald registered his third goal of the night off a pass from Mitchell a minute after Leveille's goal to pull the hosts to within 11-10. Brian Clayton tied the contest at 11-11 off a feed from Joe Boulukos with 3:48 remaining.
Mitchell had a chance to give Cornell the lead with less than two minutes left, but his shot was saved by SU redshirt freshman goalie Peter Coluccini, who nabbed his ninth and final save of the night on that play.
Syracuse took a timeout with 1:11 remaining. The designed play did not call for Perritt to invert from behind the cage, but that is what Cornell forced him to do. With his teammates shut off, Perritt spotted an open lane to the cage and took it. His shot to the lower left of the net beat McMonagle and gave the Orange a hard-earned 12-11 victory.
Cornell still had time to try and tie the score. Boulukos' shot with less than 27 seconds flew high and tipped off of Coluccini's stick. Haswell's final attempt went wide.
Senior attackman Joe Yevoli helped Syracuse to a 3-0 lead in the first quarter with a goal and two assists to Bucktooth. Freshman Kenny Nims netted his fourth goal of the season on an open net with 2:56 remaining in the second quarter to give the Orange a 4-3 lead.
The Big Red took its first lead of the night (5-4) at 13:13 of the third period when Boulukos scored off a pass from Seibald. Yevoli assisted Crockett at teh 11:48 mark to tie the score at 5-5.
McMonagle finished with 10 saves.
Cornell outshot Syracuse, 44-36, but the Orange controlled the groundball (32-26) and faceoff (15-11) battles.
SU was 1-for-4 on its man-up attempts. The Big Red was 0-for1.
Syracuse plays again in four days. The Orange will be at Rutgers on Saturday, April 15 for a 12 p.m. faceoff against the Scarlet Knights. SU last won at Yurcak Field in 2002.
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