SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Syracuse coach John Desko picked up the 200th win of his career as the No. 4 Orange (2-0) defeated No. 10 Cornell (0-1) 14-6 in the 100th meeting between the teams Sunday at the Carrier Dome.
Desko holds an overall record of 200-63 in his 17 seasons with the Orange and his .760 winning percentage is tops among active Division I coaches.
“I hadn’t really thought about it going into the game,” Desko said of win No. 200. “I’ve been here and worked with Roy Simmons Jr. for 19 years and when he retired I obviously took over for him and it’s great to still see him in the stands. I knew his dad, Roy Simmons Sr., very well. It’s great to be in the ballpark with guys like that.”
The Syracuse defense was the primary reason Desko was able to achieve the milestone in his first try. The Orange held the Big Red to one goal in the first half, and Cornell’s six total goals were its fewest in the series since 1994 (5). The Big Red turned the ball over 16 times in the game, 10 of which were forced by the Orange.
The combination of close defensemen Brandon Mullins and Sean Young shut out Cornell All-Americans Matt Donovan and Dan Lintner. Mullins guarded Donovan and picked two ground balls, while causing two turnovers. Mullins also made a diving save in the fourth quarter when Donovan tried to bat the ball into the empty Syracuse net following an Orange turnover.
Young marked Lintner and ended his 16-game goal-scoring streak. Young also collected four ground balls and forced three turnovers in the contest.
Offensively, Dylan Donahue paced Syracuse with five points (two goals, three assists), including the 100th point of his career, which came when he scored the opening goal of the second quarter. Randy Staats and Hakeem Lecky tallied three goals apiece. Staats added an assist to finish with four points. Nicky Galasso also had four points on two goals and two assists.
Staats and Donahue netted the first two goals of the game, and the Orange defense held the Big Red scoreless for the first 17:39 before John Edmonds got Cornell on the board with 12:21 to go in the first half.
It was all Syracuse after that. The Orange reeled off the next five goals, including a man-up tally byDerek DeJoe 16 seconds into the third quarter to open up a 7-1 advantage.
Cornell responded with goals by Connor Buczek and Bradlee Lord 19 seconds apart to trim the SU lead to 7-3 at the 13:41 mark of the third, but the Orange scored five of the game’s next six goals to claim a 12-4 advantage and end any hope of a Big Red comeback.
Five of Cornell’s six goals were scored by midfielders. Buczek led the Big Red with three goals and Edmonds chipped in with two.
Orange goalie Bobby Wardwell made 10 saves in 56:53 to earn the win. Warren Hill played 3:07 between the pipes for Syracuse and stopped two shots. Cornell netminder Christian Knight had 13 saves in a losing effort.