Halftime: Cornell 6, Syracuse 4

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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Cornell is in the process of doing it yet again, leading second-seeded Syracuse 6-4 at the break of the national title game.

So it begs the question: Would the Big Red be the most improbable national champion in NCAA lacrosse tournament history?

It’s possible. Only one No. 5 seed (1986 North Carolina) has ever won it all. And Cornell was entirely underwhelming in its final two regular-season games, losing at Brown and then edging a so-so Hobart bunch.

But the Big Red has the midfielders, has the tight close defense, has the role players and has a capable faceoff man. The only thing missing is a star goalie, but Jake Myers has stopped six of 10 shots on cage so far. That’ll do.

Syracuse will start the second half on the extra man. Rather than start with possession and a 14-second man-advantage, Syracuse tried (and was stuff on) a shot as time expired.

There’s still time for a shift. But it sure looks like it will be a red-and-white Memorial Day for Cornell.

Patrick Stevens

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