It got a little scary there for SU lacrosse early in their 15-10 win over Cornell. The Big Red led early 4-3, won almost every face-off and took control of the game. The Orange, it seemed, were still in the funk that's been plaguing them recently. Then, the Orange woke up:
For the next 27 minutes, though, the Orange took control with a measured 8-1 run in which it took advantage of the unsettled chances it had, as when Nims found Daniello for a layup to finish an electrifying sequence of crisp passes that has become an SU trademark. It also scored several goals following two- or three-minute possessions in which it worked the ball patiently, waiting for a crack in Cornell's defense.
Cornell's offense suddenly became unhinged and they were never able to catch up with the Orange. SU improves to 8-2 and Cornell drops to 7-2. Senior attackman Kenny Nims led the Orange with two goals and four assists. Attackmen Chris Daniello and Stephen Keogh both added three goals as well. Goalie John Galloway also rebounded from the Princeton game by netting 10 saves, even if he still looked iffy at times.
The #6 Orange next play Rutgers on Saturday in the Dome. A win there and the Orange should rise in the polls. If nothing else, at least one spot ahead of Cornell. Of course Johns Hopkins might win another game and shoot from #8 to #2, so we'll see...
Check out some photos from the game here and read Donna Ditota's story on Cornell goalie Jake Myers who formerly played for the Orange. The announced crowd of 4,178 got a good show last night, those that could actually see the game. Others unfortunately just got a face-full of Ken last night: