SYRACUSE, N.Y. – After losing to Princeton three days ago, the fifth-ranked SU men’s lacrosse team (8-2) got back in the win column on Tuesday, April 7 with a 15-10 victory against No. 3 Cornell (7-2) at the Carrier Dome. The Orange withstood a late rally by the Big Red and scored the game’s final three goals to secure the victory.
Senior attackman Kenny Nims paced the SU offense with a game-high six points (2g, 4a). Sophomore attackman Stephen Keogh and junior attackman Chris Daniello both had hat tricks in the win.
The Orange used an 8-1 run during the second and third quarters to build an 11-5 lead with 7:19 to go in the third period. However, Cornell took advantage of some Syracuse miscues and scored five of the game’s next six goals to cut the lead to 12-10 with 13:40 left in regulation. The first three goals in the Cornell run all came off Syracuse turnovers and were assisted by Rob Pannell.
An unassisted goal by senior Pat Perritt with 17 seconds left in the third got the Orange back on track and pushed the margin back four, 12-8, but a man-up goal by John Glynn and a man-down tally by Max Seibald brought the visitors within two. From there the Orange defense took over, holding the nation’s top-ranked offense scoreless for the final 13:40. At the other end of the field, SU got goals from Daniello, Nims and Keogh down the stretch to pull away for the victory.
The Cornell offense, which came into the game averaging 13.75 goals per contest, was held in check for most of the night. Senior defenseman Sid Smith allowed just two goals Ryan Hurley, the nation’s leader in goals per game (3.5). Sophomore Joel White was tasked with marking Seibald, a two-time first-team All-American. White limited him to one goal and one assist, while collecting four ground balls.
Sophomore John Galloway was solid in the cage. He made 10 saves to earn the win, including three in the fourth quarter.
Pannell led the Big Red with five points (1g, 4a). Hurley finished with three (2g, 1a). Defensive midfielder Pierce Derkac also scored twice for Cornell. Former Orange goalie Jake Myers made 10 saves in his first start of the season for the Big Red. Myers transferred to Cornell from Syracuse following the 2006 season.
The game was back and forth early and the Big Red led, 4-3, late in the first quarter thanks mostly to possessions secured by Glynn, who won the first seven faceoffs of the game and finished the night 15-for-25 (.600) at the X. He also had a goal and an assist Tuesday, all while playing with a fractured elbow.
Despite Glynn’s early success, senior midfielder Dan Hardy ignited a four-goal Orange surge when he charged down the alley and beat Myers with a left-handed shot to tie the game at 4-4 heading into the second stanza. A transition goal by Daniello off a feed from Nims put SU in front, 5-4, 31 seconds into the second period. Unassisted goals by senior Scott Kahoe and Nims followed before an extra-man goal by Hurley at the 4:02 mark stopped the SU scoring spree and brought the Big Red within two, 7-5.
Syracuse extended the lead to 8-5 at halftime and opened the third quarter with three consecutive goals before the Big Red got back in it.
The Orange will play its third game in eight days on Saturday, April 11 when it hosts Rutgers at 3 p.m. at the Carrier Dome. The game is the second half of a men’s and women’s lacrosse doubleheader. The first game pits the SU women against Notre Dame at 12 p.m.
Game Notes: The victory improved the Orange’s all-time record against Cornell in the Carrier Dome to 12-4 … It also snapped Cornell’s five-game winning streak and was SU’s sixth win of the season against a ranked opponent … Nims extended his consecutive games with a point streak to 26 … It was the fifth time this season and 10th time in his career that he recorded at least three assists in a game … The contest marked the first multi-point game of the season for sophomore Jovan Miller (1g, 1a).
|Kenny Nims||(2, 4)|
|Chris Daniello||(3, 0)|
|Stephen Keogh||(3, 0)|
|Pat Perritt||(2, 1)|
|Greg Niewieroski||(1, 1)|
|Jovan Miller||(1, 1)|
|Matt Abbott||(1, 0)|
|Scott Kahoe||(1, 0)|
|Dan Hardy||(1, 0)|
|John Galloway||10 (0.500)|