De Vries’ Lone Goal is Enough to Lead SU Over Cornell

Wednesday, Sep 22, 2021 at 7:58 pm by Sports Editor

By Nick Luttrell

CitrusTV Field Hockey Beat Reporter


ITHACA, N.Y. — On Wednesday afternoon, #12 Syracuse (5-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast) did just enough to get the win over Cornell (2-3), shutting out the Big Red 1-0.

The first quarter was all Syracuse in terms of opportunities, yet they never were able to capitalize. Through the first 15 minutes, the Orange consistently had the ball on the offensive side of the field. The viewers at home were probably beginning to wonder what the left side of the field looked like. 

SU threatened early on when Charlotte De Vries rushed in on the right side and passed to Carolin Hoffman who had a good shot, but it was a better save by Cornell’s goalie, Aerin Park. The Junior had a career-high seven saves on the 19 shots by the Orange. 

While things were still knotted at zero, Syracuse had another opportunity in the 22nd minute. After receiving the pass, Carolin Hoffman got her chance again. She was not even a yard or two in front of the goalie when she flung the ball up toward the net. But right before it went in, Park shot out her right arm to block it. The play-by-play announcer called it the best play he’s seen from Cornell’s goalie this season.

A few minutes later, Cornell finally started to pressure SU on the defensive end. After a penalty corner attempt, Natalie Stone had the ball for Cornell and caused SU goalie, Brooke Borzymowski, to fall. Thankfully for Syracuse, Sienna Pegram was right behind her and made an incredible stop only inches from the goal line. While Borzymowski put up her first complete-game shutout, she has Sienna Pegram to thank big time for it.

It wasn’t until the third quarter when Syracuse finally scored their first and only goal of the game. But it didn’t come easily. The Orange had four straight penalty corner opportunities and finally capitalized on the fourth one when SJ Quigley rolled the ball to Charlotte De Vries who blasted it into the net. It must’ve been more of a sigh of relief than excitement when Syracuse took the lead 1-0. 

After that goal in the 38th minute, Cornell had no real chance. SU’s Borzymowski didn’t have a lot to deal with this afternoon as the Big Red only put up one shot on goal. That number ties the fewest shots on goal from an SU opponent this year. Vermont and Sacred Heart were the other two. 

Syracuse will finish up their road stretch on Sunday at 1:00 pm with another non-conference game against the University of Pennsylvania. Don’t forget to keep it locked into my Twitter for all things Syracuse Field Hockey related and for live updates throughout each game. | @nickluttie