The seventh-ranked Syracuse Orange (6-4, 3-0) fell to the ninth-ranked Cornell Big Red (8-3, 3-1) at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, New York by a score of 13-8. This halts the 'Cuse win streak at three games.
Cornell scored early and often in the first half of play. Jeff Teat, the nations points leader and sophomore attackman for the Big Red, scored the contest's first goal. Teat pushed his point total for the season to 71, as he led all players with six points (two goals, four assists). His goal was followed by another for Cornell just two minutes later to give them the early two-goal advantage.
Syracuse quickly answered with goals from midfielder Tucker Dordevic and attackman Brendan Bomberry to tie the game back up. The Syracuse offensive success was short lived though, as Cornell went on a five-to-one run to close out the first half of play. The Big Red was led by goalie Caelahn Bullen who stopped eight Orange shots and contributed to a 100 percent success rate on clears in the first half. Bullen would finish with 14 saves on the game and, Cornell ended with 19-22 (86.4 percent) on clears.
SU tried to fight back in the second half with the help of two goals from midfielder David Lipka and eleven total shots in the fourth, but the margin proved to be too much as the Orange dropped its first game since March 18th against Rutgers. Nate Soloman, Brendan Curry, Jamie Trimboli each contributed one goal for Syracuse.
Stephen Rehfuss led all 'Cuse players in points with four thanks to a goal and three assists. Goalie Dom Madonna allowed 13 goals and had nine saves on 22 shots on goal. Madonna averages just shy of ten saves a game (9.78), but he did hold the number one scoring offense in the country, which averages 15.3 goals per game, to 13 in today's contest.
Syracuse again struggled to stay out of the penalty box as SU players spent a total of 2:30 minutes in the box on three penalties. Over its last three games, the Orange have been in the box 15 times for a total of 11:00 minutes. Their opponents on the other hand have only totaled five penalties and have spent just 4:00 minutes inside the box.
Syracuse will be back home in the Carrier Dome on Saturday when they host North Carolina. This will be the last conference game for the Orange in the ACC, but it has already clinched the top spot in the conference tournament which starts April 27th in Charlottesville, Virginia.