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SYRACUSE — The Syracuse men’s lacrosse team engineered another successful comeback against an Ivy League foe on Wednesday night.

Trailing by one entering the fourth quarter, the seventh-ranked Orange scored four of the next five goals and went on to hold off the No. 2 Cornell Big Red, 13-12 in a nonconference meeting at the Carrier Dome.

In its last game, Syracuse (8-2) rallied in the final period to defeat No. 10 Princeton by the same score on the road Saturday.

This time, Luke Cometti scored a career-high four goals to pace the Orange, including two goals down the stretch, and JoJo Marasco contributed two goals and two assists.

Syracuse, ranked No. 7/8, won its third consecutive game and has now won eight of its past nine games, while Cornell (10-2) had its winning streak halted at three.

“From day one we have come together as a group. I think we complement each other well,” Marasco said. “We feel comfortable with one another and the coaches have really helped us out with understanding the offense.”

Cometti sparked the rally by scoring unassisted with three seconds remaining in the third period to pull Syracuse within 10-9.

After Marasco scored two minutes, 39 seconds into the fourth quarter to tie the game at 10-10, Max Van Bourgondien provided the Big Red with its final lead of the game at 11-10 with his unassisted goal with 9:25 left.

Syracuse took advantage of a fortunate bounce to tie the game when Henry Schoonmaker hit the post and the rebound bounced directly into the stick of Cometti, who scored with 7:13 left. The Orange then took its first lead of the game less than a minute later when Schoonmaker beat his defender and scored for a 12-11 advantage.

Just 1:05 later, Syracuse completed its three-goal run when Ryan Barber found Kevin Rice for a goal with 5:10 left.

Goalie Dominic Lamolinara denied a scoring bid by Van Bourgondien in the final minutes and Cornell’s Connor English broke in toward the Syracuse goal in the last minute, but his shot rang off the crossbar.

“The last play went exactly the way we drew it up,” Big Red coach Ben DeLuca said. “We felt like we had been having success against their short-stick d-middies and we got the look we wanted to. That’s a shot we make nine out of 10 times, but this time we hit the pipe.”

Schoonmaker, who was honored as Big East offensive player of the week, finished with two goals, and Scott Loy added a goal and two assists.

Lamolinara made 12 saves, including eight in the decisive second half, to record the win for Syracuse and improved to 5-1 on the season.

Billy Ward, Derek Maltz and Steve Ianzito each tallied a goal for the Orange.

Cornell scored the game’s first four goals and went on to build an 8-6 advantage by halftime.

Van Bourgondien finished with three goals and an assist for Cornell and Connor Buczek scored four goals.

A.J. Fiore made eight saves for the Big Red.

Syracuse returns to Big East play when it hosts Rutgers at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Carrier Dome.

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