ITHACA, N.Y. – Senior Chris Daniello scored the game-winning goal as time expired to give No. 2 Syracuse (9-1) an 8-7 victory against No. 10 Cornell (8-3) on Tuesday, April 13 at Schoellkopf Field. The Orange scored the last three goals of the game to extend its winning streak to seven games. It was also junior goalie John Galloway's 40th career victory.
The Orange prevailed in what seemed to be déjà vu of last year’s NCAA championship game, which pitted the upstate New York rivals against one another. Syracuse rallied from a three-goal deficit in that one and won the title in dramatic fashion.
Daniello paced the Orange offense with three goals Tuesday, while senior Cody Jamieson was Syracuse’s only other multi-point scorer with three (2g, 1a).
Despite doubling up Cornell in shots, 40-20, the Orange trailed for the majority of the contest due largely to the play of Cornell goalie AJ Fiore, who set a career high with 20 saves, including one on senior Max Bartig right at the doorstep around the three-minute mark of the second quarter. Fiore also stuffed Jamieson with three seconds to go in regulation, creating the loose-ball situation that resulted in Daniello's game-winner.
With the game tied 7-7, junior John Lade forced a turnover to set up Syracuse’s final possession with less than 30 seconds to play. The Orange raced into the box and head coach John Desko elected not to call timeout. The ball wound up in Jamieson's stick and he drove from goal-line extended, but was stuffed by Fiore. Daniello picked up the ground ball and fired just before the clock hit all zeroes to clinch the win.
Daniello's goal capped a rally that saw the Orange come from two goals down (7-5) with 9:11 to play. The goal ended a low scoring affair that saw the two teams combine for just nine goals in the first three quarters before SU outscored the hosts, 4-2, in the final period to record the victory.
In addition to outshooting the Big Red, the Orange held the advantage in ground balls (45-25) and won 12 of the game's 18 faceoffs.
Bartig opened the scoring on SU’s first shot of the game off a pass from junior Jovan Miller with 10:27 to go in the first period to give the Orange a 1-0 lead. The remainder of the quarter featured long possessions and minimal scoring opportunities for both teams until Ryan Hurley found the back of the net at 4:36 to tie the game heading into the second quarter.
Daniello regained the lead for Syracuse, scoring at the 12:39 mark of the second quarter, but the Big Red took the lead (3-2) at the half on back-to-back goals by Roy Lang and David Lau. It was just SU's third halftime deficit of the year.
In the third quarter, the tempo of the game increased, but the Big Red defense kept SU on its heels, limiting its open looks. That didn’t stop Jamieson, who tallied consecutive goals, including one off a Tim Desko rebound, to make it 4-4 with 3:41 left in the quarter.
The Big Red buried the next two goals to reclaim a two-goal edge (6-4) with 10:55 remaining. The two teams exchanged goals before the Orange tied it at 7-7 with just under five minutes to go on goals by Miller and Desko, setting the stage for Daniello's heroics.
Galloway finished with eight saves in the victory. He is 40-5 for his career and joins Jay Pfeifer (47), Rob Mulligan (41) and Matt Palumb (40) as Orange goalies who have won 40 games.
Lau and Lang each scored twice to lead the Big Red. Rob Pannell finished with three assists.
Syracuse concludes its three-game road trip at Rutgers on Sunday, April 18 at 6 p.m. The game will be televised live nationally on ESPNU.
Game Notes: Syracuse is 61-33-1 against Cornell, including a 21-5 mark in the last 26 meetings … The victory was SU’s fifth against a ranked team this season … SU’s eight goals were its fewest in the Cornell series since April 11, 1987 when it scored six against the Big Red ... Junior Stephen Keogh saw his 31-game point-scoring streak snapped against the Big Red … It was first time since May 3, 2008 at Colgate that Keogh didn't find the scoring column ... Junior Joel White had nine ground balls in the contest, one shy of his career high.
|Rob Pannell||(0, 3)|
|David Lau||(2, 0)|
|Roy Lang||(2, 0)|
|Christopher Ritchie||(1, 0)|
|Ryan Hurley||(1, 0)|
|Ross Gillum||(1, 0)|
|Aj Fiore||20 (0.714)|