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Syracuse 8 - Cornell 13: Orange can’t find footing in Ithaca

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The Syracuse Orange give up an 8-2 run to Cornell on way to a mid-week loss to the Cornell Big Red.

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After stringing together three straight wins, the Syracuse Orange fell to the Cornell Big Red 13-8 in a Tuesday night matchup. The game was on the Ivy League Network so hopefully some of you cut out of work early were able to subscribe in time.

Cornell got it going with the opening two goals including one from Jonathon Donville who beat Austin Fusco as he dodged the alley and cut in towards the goal his first of two. Syracuse got on the board off a deflected shot that was snagged by Tucker Dordevic who scored the initial Syracuse score. Brendan Bomberry tied it up at two with 8:17 to go in the quarter, Stephen Rehfuss making the pass from behind cage to connect with Bomberry as he cut to the crease.

From there, it was all Cornell. The Big Red would go on to score three straight on its way to an 8-2 run. Brendan Curry managed to get a goal with just over half a minute remaining in the opening period, but the Orange would not score again for the next 22:22 minutes.

The 8-2 Cornell run ended on a dramatic Stephen Rehfuss goal (as seen below) which might make the Sportscenter Top 10 if that’s still a thing. Rehfuss’ stick trick tally cut the Big Red lead to five with 13:15 to go in the game.

The Orange would score three more but it would not be enough to overcome the mid-game scoring drought to finish the night with a 13-8 final.

While both goalies played well, Caelahn Bullen definitely took top honors tonight. He got the surprise start tonight over four year starter Christian Knight and pulled in 14 saves against Dom Madonna’s nine saves.

There will be no time to sit and think about this loss, the Orange have a date with a dangerously desperate North Carolina Tar Heel team on Saturday at 4 pm. Mercifully though, this game will be on ESPNU.