The most comprehensive game preview in town brings you all the necessary info for tonight’s battle of CNY neighbors and a rematch of last year’s national championship game between the Syracuse Orange and Cornell Big Red… We begin with this report from CitrusTV Lacrosse Reporter Dan Moscaritolo.
The last time these two teams met, it was in Foxborough’s Gillette Stadium for a national championship. This time around in Ithaca, the Big Red are gunning for revenge, while the Orange looks to keep showing the nation that it might just be the team to beat.
Both teams enter Schoellkopf field with very good season resumes. The Orange (8-1, 2-0) have won six straight, with its most recent victory being a 13-4 thrashing of then no. 5 Princeton at the New Meadowlands Stadium. The Big Red (8-2, 3-1) got a big win over Ivy League foe Harvard 13-12 on Saturday as well.
THE MAIN MATCHUP
Cornell boasts two of the top attackmen in the nation in Rob Pannell and Ryan Hurley. Pannell leads the team with 51 points while Hurley has 33. Pannell recorded the game winner over Harvard on Saturday. Both attackmen have well done, seeing as the Big Red lost Tewaaraton winner Max Seibald and another talented midfielder Scott Glynn at the end of last year.
But tough offensive matchups have not fazed the Orange at all this season. Against Princeton, All-American defenseman John Lade shut down Jack McBride to just two assists. Orange goalie John Galloway, for me the first-team All-American choice for goalie at this point, allowed just one goal while in net. The Orange has not allowed more than ten goals since mid-March when it played Georgetown.
MARASCO AND JAMIESON HEATING UP
SU had very high expectations for freshmen JoJo Marasco and Onondaga Community College transfer Cody Jamieson when the season began. It took a while for Marasco to get settled, and has even been moved from attack to midfield. Since the transition, he’s looked much more comfortable, tallying a career-high in goals against Princeton with three and a career-high against Villanova in points with five.
Jamieson got off to a hot start against Denver, scoring four goals. But since his last outburst against Princeton where he netted another four, Jamieson had been relatively neutralized. Defenses started double-teaming him and getting more physical, but Jamieson’s last performance showed one thing: you cannot guard him with a short stick. I look to Jamieson to terrorize Mat Martinez of the Big Red, and once again put nightmares into the heads of the Big Red.
Inside Look at the Big Red
Cornell Head Coach Jeff Tambroni chatted with Cuse Countdown on tonight’s matchup. We first got Coach’s thoughts on SU’s win over Princeton…
Eric Forman: D John Lade
Goalie John Galloway called out Lade when asked why he had played so well against Princeton – Galloway stated that Lade had taken away the “top side” against dangerous Princeton attack Jack McBride, who deposited a hat trick with the pole on him in the 2009 meeting between Syracuse and Princeton. In 2010, McBride managed only a single point on an assist during SU’s 13-4 thrashing and could only hang his head after the game when pestered by the media. Galloway then said that Lade had allowed him to play well by giving him shots he “knew he could save”. So, SU plays their best lacrosse of the year at the New Meadowlands Stadium because of Lade – he’ll have to do it again versus an upstart Cornell team still hanging their heads over last year’s title game fiasco in Foxboro. Max Seibald may be gone, but sophomore attack Rob Pannell was an under recruited guy who might just be one of the best scorers in the country himself, proving that during his freshman season. He’s got 51 points this season.
David Suntup: Offensive Depth
Tim Desko returning to the lineup gave this team a boost on offense. Cody Jamieson’s hasn’t had a torrid stretch yet because defenses are mostly keyed in on shutting him down. With another scorer on the field, it makes it tougher for defenses to key in on one guy. Jamieson had his breakout game against Princeton with four goals and an assist, and it’s hard for defenses to zone in on one player when you have so many other guys that can contribute. In addition to Desko, JoJo Marasco scored three goals, and four other players found the back of the cage. Stephen Keogh and Chris Daniello both didn’t score a goal, and SU still beat a great Princeton team by nine goals. With the way the defense and John Galloway have played, it will be tough to beat this team if the offense is clicking.
David Suntup Eric Forman
SU 12 Cornell 8 SU 12 Cornell 6
When: 7pm Where: Schoellkopf FieldTV: Time Warner Cable Sports - Mark Larson and Dale Drypolcher Radio: 88.3 WAER-FM - Mike Lefko and Ted Conroy
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