Men’s LAX dominates Cornell in home finale

Men's LAX dominates Cornell in home finale

The Orange will finish its ACC schedule with a trip to North Carolina to take on the Tar Heels this weekend.
Published: April 9, 2019
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Syracuse junior attack Stephen Rehfuss advances the ball into Cornell's defensive third.

The No. 11 Syracuse men’s lacrosse team sent its seniors out in style Tuesday evening after the Orange beat the Cornell Big Red 13-8.

The Orange started the game on fire building a 3-0 nothing lead on the back of two goals from Stephen Rehfuss. Cornell would fight back and finish a scrappy first period with a goal from Connor Fletcher making the score 3-1 at the end of the first quarter. SU goalie Drake Porter was critical in net during the opening stanza, making four quick-fire saves at the end of the period to preserve that Orange lead.

“I think the defense had a pretty good plan, and again, for Drake to be making those saves helps the defense” Syracuse head coach John Desko said.

Things would pick up in the second period; the ‘Cuse would get four goals from four different players. The second came when senior Nate Solomon dove to his right and beat the Cornell net-minder near post.

Turnovers would be the Big Red’s undoing in the first half; they gave the ball away 10 times allowing Syracuse to run at the Cornell defense.

The Orange went into halftime with a 7-3 lead. Both Cornell and Syracuse would come out guns blazing in the second half. Fletcher scored his second of the game less than two minutes into the third period. Less than a minute after that, Syracuse’s Jamie Trimboli scored his first of the game and 19th of the season. Over the next two minutes, both teams would add goals twice more, making the score at the end of the third Orange 11, Big Red 5.

The ‘Cuse started the fourth period the same way they started the third. Quick goals from Bradley Voigt and Brendan Curry would put the game out of Cornell’s reach, who would add two late consolation goals. In the end, Syracuse was just too much for Cornell, and the Orange defeated the Big Red 13-8.

“I thought it was a very good win for us,” Desko said. “The guys stuck with the game plan.”

Syracuse has now won its last two games and will head to Chapel Hill to take on the University of North Carolina Tar Heels Saturday afternoon in what will be the finale of the ACC schedule.