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

Syracuse would wait until near the midway mark of the second quarter to tie the game at three as Maltz received a pass from Tim Desko (Syracuse, N.Y.) and fired a low shot that got between the legs of West for the score. West would deprive SU of its first lead of the game about a minute later when he stoned Kevin Drew (Katonah, N.Y.) in transition.

The Big Red got right back to business early in the third quarter as Lang buried a pair of goals, one just 20 seconds into the quarter and the other three minutes later, to give Cornell a 5-3 cushion. No to be outdone, Matt Donovan made it a three-goal game 67 seconds after the Lang tally on a leaping shot past Wardwell.

SU sliced the Big Red lead to 6-4 halfway through the third as Eilers netted a man-up goal on a straightaway shot from 15 yards out. With Cornell back up by three and on the man-up, Van Bourgondien scored his second straight goal when he intercepted a clearing attempt by Wardwell and tucked a shot into the goal before the SU goaltender could recover.

A goal from Connor English was sandwiched between tallies from Eilers and Maltz and kept the Cornell lead at three with 8:14 left in regulation, but that was as close as SU would get as Scott Austin, Cody Bremner and Donovan extended the Big Red lead to six in the final three minutes.

The Big Red dominated the Orange in nearly all statistical categories, including shots (46-24), ground balls (39-23) and faceoffs (14-8).

Syracuse will play its third game in eight days on Saturday as the Orange heads to Charlotte, N.C. to take on Rutgers at the ESPNU Warrior Classic. Game time is set for 11:00 a.m.

Game Notes: Marasco's first-quarter goal extended his point-scoring streak to 18 games ... Tuesday marked the first time all season that the Orange was tied at the half ... Eilers two goals matched his season high ... Wardwell's 12 saves against the Big Red are the most for any SU goaltender this season ... Palasek is averaging 4.0 points per game in SU's last five contests ... Cornell picked up its 700th all-time win with Tuesday's victory and extended its nation-leading home-field winning streak to 15 games ... Syracuse wore navy blue uniforms in the game for the first time since 2007.

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2012-04-10



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