The No. 6 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team (6-4, 3-0 ACC) saw its three-game win streak snapped at the hands of No. 11 Cornell (8-3, 4-1 IVY), 13-8 on Tuesday night in Ithaca, N.Y.
The Big Red used a pair of three-goal runs to turn a 2-2 game into an 8-3 game in the first minute of the second half, to create a deficit that the Orange couldn’t overcome.
“I thought Cornell played very well at home here tonight,” said head coach John Desko. “Their goalie was exceptional and it surprised us because I thought we were going to see a right-handed goalie and a lefty came out and made some key saves in the first half. We didn’t quit the whole game. Our guys played hard in the second half with a couple mistakes but Cornell is a good team.
"Going into this game I didn't have the nerves. It was more so excitement and knowing this is a childhood dream … To actually play in a game against Syracuse under the lights here on Schoellkopf." – @CornellLacrosse Caelahn Bullen pic.twitter.com/NiTUDoDXux
— Cornell Big Red (@CornellSports) April 11, 2018
— Daily Orange Sports (@DOsports) April 11, 2018
— Cornell Daily Sun Sports (@DailySunSports) April 11, 2018
The third-most contested rivalry in NCAA Division I men’s lacrosse is on tap this week, as the No. 11 Big Red welcomes No. 6 Syracuse to Schoellkopf Field for the 105th meeting between these two storied programs on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Cornell has won four consecutive contests, averaging 20 goals per game during that span, as it has improved to 7-3 overall and moved into second place in the Ivy League with a mark of 3-1. The Orange have won three in a row, including a pair of top-six victories over No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 3 Duke, and have relied on its defense in its last two outings, giving up an average of 5.0 goals per game as it has improved to 6-3 overall and 3-0 in the ACC.