MLAX : DOUBLED UP: Cornell uses 3rd quarter scoring outburst to roll to 12-6 win over Syracuse

first_img Comments ITHACA – Bobby Wardwell and the Syracuse defense kept Cornell’s explosive attack at bay. Facing a barrage of shots, SU was elated to head into halftime tied at 3.Despite being outshot at nearly a two-to-one rate, Syracuse was on steady ground through 30 minutes.‘We came in at halftime and everyone was real excited,’ Wardwell, Syracuse’s goaltender, said. ‘We liked what we did in the first half and then right when we came out in the second half I felt that we were a little too excited. They rattled off a couple quick goals and we kind of went back and forth from there but we never really bounced back.’But No. 14 Syracuse’s (5-5, 2-1 Big East) defense succumbed to the steady helping of pressure from Cornell’s attacking threats in the second half and folded down the stretch. The No. 5 Big Red (9-1, 4-0 Ivy League) scored 20 seconds into the third quarter, the start of a five-goal frame that ruptured SU’s hopes of pulling off the upset as the Orange fell 12-6 in front of 4,354 at Schoellkopf Field Tuesday.Early in the game, SU deployed a tight zone defense to slow down the Big Red’s offensive attack. After Wardwell allowed two early goals in the first quarter, he quickly settled in.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCornell dictated possession for the entire first half, taking 22 shots compared to SU’s 12, but Wardwell stood on his head to keep the Orange in the game. With the Big Red leading 3-2 in the second quarter, SU attack Derek Maltz evened the score at three with a low shot that sailed between the legs of Cornell goaltender Andrew West.But Syracuse had just one possession in the final 8:54 of the second quarter. Wardwell made four stops in that span, including a huge save on attack Max Van Bourgondien from 10 yards out on the right wing as time expired.Wardwell gave an emphatic hip bump to defensive midfielder Steve Ianzito as SU held momentum.‘They had the ball for an awful long time, we were playing a lot of defense, so not having the ball as much as we did, the few opportunities we had offensively we got good looks,’ head coach John Desko said. ‘I guess we were feeling pretty good at halftime.’Excitement turned quickly into desperation.Twenty seconds into the second half, Cornell midfielder Roy Lang fired a high shot past Wardwell to put the Big Red in front.Less than three minutes later, Syracuse attack Tommy Palasek cut into the middle of the attacking zone looking to even the score, but he was met by four Cornell defenders and lost the ball.Lang then received an outlet pass and took the ball the distance of the field along the left hashmark, burying a shot into the bottom right corner to give Cornell a 5-3 lead.‘We played well in the first half, I thought they came out well in the second half,’ SU defender Matt Harris said. ‘I think it’s a tough game when we’re 3-3 at half and we’re playing so well and playing so hard and it comes out and that’s the end of it.’Momentum continued to swing dramatically in the Big Red’s favor.Matt Donovan fired a spinning shot into the right side of the net on Cornell’s ensuing possession and less than five minutes into the half, SU trailed by three. SU midfielder Bobby Eilers scored from 10 yards out to cut Cornell’s lead to 6-4, but that would be the only remnant of offense the Orange would display in the quarter.‘We knew what we had to do to score,’ Eilers said, ‘but we didn’t have the ball enough on offense to do it.’Costly errors replaced the defensive dominance Syracuse showed in the first half. The Orange had six turnovers in the third quarter.After Cornell took a 7-4 lead, the Orange attempted to battle back. Wardwell made an outright save on Big Red midfielder Chris Langston after a long defensive series to earn possession for SU.But as Wardwell carried the ball to the right of the crease to clear, Van Bourgondien knocked down the pass, scooped up the ball and connected into the right side of the net for an easy score to cap the Big Red’s dominant five-goal outburst in the quarter.And the Orange ran out of gas and never recovered.‘This one is just disappointing,’ Eilers said. ‘We’ve had highs when we beat them in the national championship, the next year beating them at the buzzer and these last two years, they’ve kind of manhandled us. They’ve taken it to us.’[email protected] Published on April 10, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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