Cornell vs. Harvard
April 5, 2003
The Game Story:
No. 12 Cornell Holds Off Harvard In Men's Lax, 6-5

Big Red remains unbeaten at Schoellkopf Field behind a pair of goals from Redd, Schalk

ITHACA, N.Y. - Cornell scored three unanswered fourth quarter goals after Harvard took its first lead of the afternoon as the 12th ranked Big Red earned a 6-5 Ivy League win over Harvard on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. Cornell won its fifth straight contest to improve to 6-2 on the season (3-0 Ivy League), while the Crimson slipped to 3-5 overall and 0-2 in conference action.

Sophomore Justin Redd snapped a four-game scoreless streak with a pair of goals, while J.P. Schalk also tallied a pair of scores. Junior Brandon Ross earned the win in goal, making seven saves on the afternoon.The Big Red dominated the face-off play with a 10-5 advantage, including a 6-1 edge in the first half. With the victory, Cornell remained unbeaten at home with a perfect 5-0 record.

Harvard got two goals from the stick of Andres Johnson as the team's lone multi-point scorer. Jake McKenna had nine saves in the hard-luck loss for the Crimson.

Cornell controlled action in the first period, outshooting the Crimson 9-5 and winning the face-off battle 4-0. Schalk opened the scoring at 12:22 of the first quarter when he collected a rebound after a save by McKenna and put it over the head of the helpless goalkeeper for an early 1-0 lead. Cornell got back on the scoreboard after Ross cleared a brilliant low save to Joe Boulukos, who went coast to coast and slotted it low in the left corner for a 2-0 edge with less than two minutes in the period.

Harvard finally found the back of the net on its first man-up opportunity, with Mike McBride putting a perfectly placed shot over Ross' right shoulder to cut the deficit to 2-1 at the end of the first 15 minutes.

The Crimson tied the game after some fine passing after a scramble for a loose ball in the Harvard zone, with Anders Johnson finishing off a pass from Jay Wich. Cornell came right back down the field and regained the lead as Redd broke his scoreless streak with an unassisted tally that ended the scoring heading into halftime.

After nearly 13 minutes of scoreless play in the third quarter, Harvard tied the contest when Crimson leading scorer Matt Primm made the game 3-3. Ross kept Harvard from taking the lead with a sprawling one-on-one save with less than a minute remaining in the quarter.

Harvard took its first lead of the game on a score by Sean Kane at the 11:38 mark of the fourth quarter when he used a stutter-step before rocketing a shot into the upper left corner of the net. Schalk's second goal of the game served as the equalizer 59 seconds after on nearly the identical shot that Kane scored on. Dave Pittard quickly answered with his first goal a minute later to help Cornell regain the lead. McKenna seemed to stop the initial shot, but the block ended behind him and trickled past the goal line before a defender could clear it out.

Redd seemingly put the game away with his goal with 3:51 remaining, a rocket that gave Cornell a 6-4 lead. Sean Greenhalgh was credited with the assist for his first point of the afternoon. Harvard scored with eight seconds remaining in the contest to bring the final margin to within one.

Cornell will face its toughest test of the season when it faces defending national champion Syracuse on Tuesday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at the Carrier Done. No. 4 Syracuse has opened the season with a 5-2 mark and will be out to avenge last season's 15-11 loss to the Big Red in Ithaca.