More than 4,000 fans headed to Schoellkopf Field on Tuesday afternoon to watch Cornell (9-1, 4-0 Ivy League) host Syracuse (5-5). In a matchup between two of the most powerful offenses in the nation, the first 30 minutes of play seemed lacking. Each team was able to record only three goals in the first half, a far cry from what was expected. However, the Red fired off two goals at the beginning of the third frame — two at the hands of senior midfielder Roy Lang — kicking off a nine-goal scoring spree, which would secure it a 12-6 win over the visiting Orange.
Improving to 9-1 for the season, Cornell extended its winning streak to seven, as well as its home-game winning streak to 16 games — the best record in the country. Junior attacker/midfielder Max Van Bourgondien recorded a career-high four goals, in addition to an assist, while Lang tallied a hat-trick of his own — his second of the season. Sophomore net-minder Andrew West made nine saves for the day. Cornell led the Orange in shots, 46-24, ground balls, 39-23, and face-offs, 14-8. Clearing the ball 19-of-21 times, the Red also capitalized on 3-of-5 extra man opportunities, compared to Syracuse only capitalizing on 1-of-5.
At the end of the game, six Cornell players scored goals, with three notching assists. The win also lifted head coach Ben DeLuca’s career record to 23-4, and improved the men’s lacrosse program to 700-444-27 all-time. Cornell has now held opponents to single-digit scoring in seven of nine games for the season.