Canisius vs. Cornell
March 2, 2010
|Adam Jones||(3, 1)|
|Matt Barkas||(1, 0)|
|Jimmy Haney||(0, 1)|
|Simon Giourmetakis||(0, 1)|
|Jon Domres||(1, 0)|
|Mike Benzinger||(1, 0)|
|Sean Callahan||12 (0.571)|
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|Ryan Hurley||(3, 1)|
|Rob Pannell||(1, 3)|
|Christopher Ritchie||(2, 0)|
|Roy Lang||(2, 0)|
|Scott Austin||(0, 1)|
|Jonathan Thomson||(1, 0)|
|Chris Livadas||(0, 1)|
|Aj Fiore||9 (0.600)|
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|The Game Story:|
|BUFFAO, N.Y. Ė The No. 8 Cornell menís lacrosse team used a five-goal run to end the second and start the third quarters as it held on for a 9-6 victory over Canisius on a frigid day at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, N.Y. With the win, the Big Red improves to 2-0 on the season.|
Cornell was led by Ryan Hurley and Rob Pannell with four points apiece, as Hurley scored three goals and one assist, while Pannell tallied one goal and three assists. Chris Ritchie and Roy Lang also had a pair of goals and Jon Thomson rounded out the scoring with a single tally. Scott Austin added an assist and Chris Livadas registered his first career point with an assist.
Canisius (0-2) was led by Adam Jones, who tallied three goals and one assist, while Mike Benzinger, Matt Barkas and Jon Domres all found the scoring column.
The game was riddled with sloppy play early in the first period, with the two teams combining for seven turnovers in the first eight minutes, a trend that continued for the majority of the game as Cornell ended with 21 turnovers, 15 unforced, while the Griffs finished with 18 turnovers, 11 of which were unforced.
Cornell held the edge in shots (30-26) and ground balls (31-24) and won 12-of-18 face-offs, thanks mostly to Austin Boykin who won 7-of-9 restarts. Boykin also had six ground balls, while Pierce Derkac, who played the wing on face offs, picked up seven.
In goal, AJ Fiore looked solid, stopping nine shots for his second win of the season, while Sean Callahan made 12 saves in the losing effort.
For the second game in a row, Chris Ritchie got the Big Red on the board with the first goal of the game as he slipped past his defender and bounce a shot past Callahan to make it a 1-0 game at the 6:21 mark. Cornellís tenacious ride set up its second goal exactly two minutes later, as Austin forced a turnover on a Canisius clear attempt, picked up the loose ball and found Hurley on the doorstep.
The Griffs got on the board early in the second quarter when Simon Gioumetakis found Benzinger all alone just outside the crease and Benzinger beat Fiore up high.
Back-to-back goals by Jones gave Canisius its first lead of the game, 3-2, with 10:42 to play in the second quarter, marking the first time the Big Red trailed in a game all season long.
Cornell tied the game just over one minute later when Pannell sent a pass from behind the cage and Ritchie blasted a shot from 12 yards out for his second goal of the afternoon. The goal was the first of five straight which put the Big Red up for good.
Another tenacious ride by the Big Red returned the lead to Cornell as Max Feeley caused a turnover just as Dan Coates crossed midfield and Thomson picked up the loose ball. Thomson sent a long pass upfield to Pannell, who ripped a cross-crease pass to Hurley, who scored from close range.
An outstanding individual effort by Lang, who split a pair of defenders and beat Callahan, pushed the Big Redís lead to 5-3 with 6:26 remaining in the second quarter.
Hurley and Pannell teamed up for a pair of goals to start the third quarter, with Hurley scoring a man-up goal off an assist from Pannell, before Pannell scored off an assist from Hurley to make it a 7-3 game at the 9:32 mark.
Canisius ended the Big Redís five-goal run when Barkas scored off an assist from Jones, but that ended the scoring for the quarter and Cornell took the 7-4 lead into the final stanza.
Thomson scored a man-up goal early in the fourth quarter when he picked up a rebound off a Callahan save and buried it to make it an 8-4 contest.
Canisius answered with a nearly identical play just over one minute later with a man-up goal by Domres, who scored off a rebound from a Fiore save, before Jones scored on the doorstep to close the gap to two goals, 8-6, with 9:54 to play.
A one-minute penalty on the Big Red gave the Griffs a man-up opportunity with less than nine minutes to play, but solid defense, and a hit post by Canisius ended the treat and a save by Fiore after the man-up expired returned possession to Cornell with 6:15 showing on the clock.
Just under 30 seconds later, Lang ended the scoring for the day as he pushed Cornellís lead back to three goals, 9-6, with his second tally of the contest, as he used a perfectly placed shot to beat Callahan down low.
Cornell opens the home portion of its schedule this weekend as it welcomes Army to Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, March 6 at 3 p.m.