Cornell vs. Canisius
March 12, 2008
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's lacrosse team outscored Canisius 8-0 after halftime to break open a tight game and cruise to a 14-3 victory over the Golden Griffins on Wednesday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red improved to 3-1 overall, while Canisius slipped to 0-3 with the loss.

Eleven different players scored at least one point and the Big Red held dominant edges in shots (50-18) and face-offs (16-5) in improving to 5-0 all-time against the Golden Griffins. Cornell scored on all three of its extra-man opportunities, doubled up the visitors in ground balls (36-18) and forced turnovers on nine of 25 clear attempts.

Six players had multiple point games, with Chris Finn recording a hat trick and adding an assist and John Espey adding two goals and two assists to lead the way offensively. John Glynn was dominant in the faceoff circle, winning 11-of-13 starts and adding a goal, an assist and a team-best seven ground balls. Max Seibald and Christopher Ritchie had a goal and two assists each.

Defensively, the Big Red received a solid game from Matt Moyer, who held Canisiusí top offensive threat, Nick LoCoco, to just one assist.

Senior goalkeeper Jake Myers made seven saves and allowed all three goals before giving way to Mat Martinez with 11:29 left in the game. The freshman netminder did not face a shot on goal.

Canisius goalkeeper Chris Courteau kept the Golden Griffins in the game early-on with several fantastic stops among his 13 saves. He allowed 10 goals before giving way to backup Bryan Jack, who made two saves and allowed four goals. Tom McAuliffe, Adam Jones and Tom Hensel each scored for the Griffs, while Mark Leonard and and Matt Hajek had three ground balls apiece.

Cornell got on the board just five minutes in when Espey's rocket shot from the right side went under the Courteauís stick save attempt to give the home team a 1-0 lead.

Canisius responded just over three minutes latere wehen LoCoco found Dan McAuliffe in front of the goal to knot the game 7:48 into the period. The home team won the ensuing face-off and Espey cashed in again on a shortstick defender, using a quick head fake and then outracing him to the goal to put Cornell back up 2-1. The goal hadn't even been announced when the Big Red went up 3-1, as Glynn won the restart and passed ahead to Kyle Doctor, who faked high and dumped a shot over the goalkeeper's head.

After winning the ensuing face-off, the Big Red drew a penalty and wasted little time putting another goal on the board as Finn took a pass from Mike Corbolotti and made it 4-1 after some nifty quick passes in traffic by the extra-man unit.

Not to be outdone by the offense, Myers made two quick saves on low shots and another on a high shot as the Big Red ended the first period with a three goal edge.

Chris Ritchie opened the scoring in the second quarter after a flurry of eight Big Red shots in the first 3:47 finally saw one get past Courtreau to make it 5-1. Still, Courtreau continued to make big saves, allowing the Griffins to get back within 5-3, despite watching his team be outshot 11-4 in the first 10 minutes of the second quarter. Tom Hensel got the Griffs back on the board 8:53, then Adam Jones intercepted a pass in transition and went all the way to the goal, beating Myers 1-on-1 to cut the Canisius deficit to 5-3 with 5:50 to play before halftime.

Cornell got one of those scores back when Tom Corbolotti took a feed from an inverted Finn to push the home team's lead back to three goals. Glynn took the ball straight down the field with two jukes and a couple of checks bouncing off his shoulders and took a little something off the shot to surprise Courteau, sneaking the goal in under the senior's left arm to make it 7-3. Ryan Hurley added to the lead with a quick fake high, then low to make it 8-3 on a pass from Espey with 4:45 left in the period. Just 67 seconds later, Hurley cashed in again on a great cross-crease feed from Seibald to push the lead to 9-3. A turnover on a Canisius clear attempt led to a fastbreak score by Finn as he caught Courtreau out of the cage.

The start of the fourth quarter saw a new keeper in goal for the Griffs and the Big Red wasted little time extending the lead as Hurley took a feed from Seibald just 12 seconds in to give the sophomore his third goal of the contest. A Seibald rocket on the extra-man pushed the lead to the edge of double figures with just over 11 minutes left in regulation. Another fastbreak score by Finn on a great pass from Ritchie a minute later gave Cornell a 13-3 edge and allowed Cornell to substitute liberally the rest of the way.

The Big Red finished the scoring on the evening with a man-up goal from Leif Paulson, giving senior Troy Turri his first career point, as Cornell won 14-3.

The Big Red heads to Dallas, Texas during spring break to take on the Denver Pioneers at Highland Park high school on Tuesday, March 12 at 8 p.m.