Syracuse puts its two-game win streak on the line when it heads down to Ithaca to take on Cornell. Here is a quick look at the game:
IN SYRACUSE’S LAST GAME: Syracuse played a mostly uninspired game in a 10-8 win Binghamton. A 4-0 run midway through the third quarter put the Orange ahead for good, but it wasn’t until Kevin Rice added an empty netter with 38 seconds left that the game was finally put out of reach. The Orange was sloppy on offense, committing 12 turnovers, while Chris Daddio lost all six faceoffs in the first quarter before winning the next 10 of 16 at the X.
IN CORNELL’S LAST GAME: Cornell dropped its first game of the season, and first to Harvard since 1998, when the Big Red were shocked by the Crimson at Schoellkopf Field, 14-9. Cornell had been the last remaining undefeated team in Division I lacrosse. The Crimson was able to dominate time of possession because Gabe Mendola won 20 of 26 faceoffs and Harvard won the ground ball category, 34-30. That led to Harvard outshooting Cornell, 38-21, with Will Walker (4G, 1A) and Deke Burns (3G, 2A) leading the Crimson.
SCOUTING THE BIG RED: As always, Syracuse will need to pay close attention to the opposing team’s faceoff specialist. In this case, it will be Cornell’s Doug Tesoriero, who has won 53 percent of his faceoffs this season, though he did struggle against Harvard. Cornell possesses a high-octane offense, scoring 14.3 goals per game, and is led by Matt Donovan (23G, 14A) and Dan Lintner (33G, 3A). Like Syracuse, Cornell employs a split at the goaltending position, with Christian Knight and Brennan Donville allowing just 9.1 goals per game.
HISTORICALLY SPEAKING: Syracuse won the last matchup between the two teams in a dramatic 13-12 win at the Carrier Dome on April 10, 2013. JoJo Marasco led the way with two goals and two assists while the defense was mostly able to contain Big Red superstar Rob Pannell (1G, 3A). Syracuse leads the all-time series 62-35-1.
GAME INFORMATION: Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. in Ithaca, NY. RADIO: WTKW 99.5 FM.
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