#5 Cornell Comes Alive in Second Half to Run by Syracuse

ITHACA, N.Y. In a game that featured two of the most powerful offenses in the nation, Cornell and Syracuse mustered just three goals each in the opening 30 minutes of Tuesday's showdown. It was the next three goals, coming in quick succession, that made the difference, and the fifth-ranked Big Red sprinted away with a 12-6 victory in front of 4,354 fans at Schoellkopf Field.

The win was the seventh straight for Cornell (9-1) and extended its nation-best winning streak in home games to 16 games. It was the 700th victory in program history.

Max Van Bourgondien had a team-high four goals to go with an assist, and Roy Lang added three goals for the Big Red, which never trailed in the game. Andrew West made nine saves, and Cornell held the Orange to fewer than 10 goals for the third consecutive meeting between the regional rivals. The last time that happened was from 1980-1982.

The fateful third quarter started in a fashion very similar to the first half, with the Big Red winning a faceoff its eighth among the first nine in the game.

Roy Lang scooped up the ball near midfield and shed a couple defenders to start a run down the left hash. He uncorked a shot that blistered the upper corner of the net to the far side, and Cornell grabbed the lead for the final time.

Syracuse's next possession ended with Tommy Palasek getting stripped of the ball at the top of crease as he tried to spin through a triple team. The Big Red gained possession and Lang began another solo jaunt up the middle. Again, a shot beat Orange goalie Bobby Wardwell over the left shoulder at the 3:12 mark. The run continued 68 seconds later on pretty goal by Matt Donovan off a spinning jump shot. Van Bourgondien drew the assist, and Cornell never led by fewer than two goals the rest of the night.

The loss drops No. 13 Syracuse to 5-5 on the season.

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ITHACA, N.Y. With the score tied 3-3 at halftime, No. 5 Cornell (9-1) came out of the break with five third-quarter goals and added four in the fourth to defeat No. 13 Syracuse (5-5) on Tuesday, April 10 at Schoellkopf Field, 12-6.

Senior Tommy Palasek (Rocky Point, N.Y.) led the Orange with one goal and two assists, and Bobby Eilers (Simsbury, Conn.) and Derek Maltz (Ashburn, Va.) scored twice while Cornell's Max Van Bourgondien and Roy Lang scored four and three goals, respectively.

Cornell used two long possessions to take a 2-0 lead less than five minutes into the game on goals from Lang and and Van Bourgondien.

After goalie Bobby Wardwell (Clifton Park, N.Y.) made a huge save on Mike O'Neil to keep the deficit at two, JoJo Marasco (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) put the Orange the board by collecting a loose ball off a shot from Eilers and rocketing a shot over the shoulder of Big Red goaltender Andrew West with 5:50 remaining in the first quarter.

Wardwell, who earned the start in goal for the second straight game, was tested early and often in the contest, finishing with 12 saves to keep the Orange within striking distance for most of the game.

An SU goal from Palasek, the reigning Big East Offensive Player of the Week, two minutes after the Marasco tally tied the game at two, but Cornell quickly retook the lead with 47 seconds left in the first as Van Bourgondien spun around an Orange defender and threaded a shot from 15 feet past Wardwell.

As the game's physicality increased with the start of the second quarter, so too did the Orange defense, which held Cornell without a goal and saw Wardwell make five saves in the period.

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2012-04-10



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