While sporting the navy blue uniforms for the first time since 2007, however; they didn’t seem to be beneficial as last night the Syracuse Orange were defeated by No.5 ranked Cornell at Schoellkopf Field, 12-6.
Going into halftime, the Orange were tied at 3-3 with Cornell feeling like they had some momentum. However, Cornell came out firing in the second half scoring 5 goals in the 4th quarter.
Key players this game included: Senior Tommy Palasek who led the Orange with one goal and two assists. Senior Bobby Eilers and Sophomore Derek Maltz each scored twice for Syracuse, while Cornell’s Max Van Bourgondien and Roy Lang scored four and three goals, respectively. Van Bourgondien added an assist to finish with a game-high five points.
After Wardwell made a huge save on Mike O’Neil to keep the deficit at two, junior JoJo Marasco put the Orange on the board by collecting a loose ball off a shot by Eilers and rocketing a shot past West with 5:50 to go in the first
Halfway through the second quarter, the Orange tied the game again as Maltz received a pass from Tim Desko and fired a low shot that went right between West’s 5 hole for a score. About a minute later, West deprived the Orange of its first lead of the game when he stoned Kevin Drew in transition, one of nine saves for the Cornell goalie on the night.
Syracuse cut down the Big Red lead to 6-4 halfway through the third as Eilers scored what was hoped to be a momentous man-up goal on a straightaway shot from 15 yards out. However, Van Bourgondien responded with two goals to close the third-period scoring. His extra-man tally after intercepting a Wardwell outlet pass made the score, 8-4, heading into the fourth.
Syracuse will play its third game in eight days on Saturday, April 14 as the Orange heads to Charlotte, N.C. to take on Rutgers in the ESPNU Warrior Classic. Game time is set for 11 a.m.