Cornell vs. Hobart
May 4, 2007
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Big Red took 11 shots in the first 15 minutes of play and scored seven times, including four goals in a three minute span, to build an insurmountable lead as it rolled to a 17-4 victory over Hobart on Friday evening at Schoellkopf Field. With the victory, the No. 1 Big Red finished the regular season undefeated for the first time since 1987 with a 13-0 record.

Senior Brian Clayton finished the game with a career-high five goals to lead all scorers and classmate Matt McMonagle made 13 saves to earn his 43rd career victory.

David Mitchell registered two goals and two assists and both Eric Pittard and John Glynn contributed one goal and two assists. Henry Bartlett (two goals), Max Seibald (one goal and one assist) and Ryan Hurley (one goal and one assist) all tallied two points on the evening.

On defense, senior Mitch Belisle and sophomore Nick Gradinger did an outstanding job of holding the Hobart scoring tandem of Daryl Veltman and Jamie Kirk to just one goal and one assist. For the season, Veltman and Kirk are averaging 6.23 points per game.

Chris David, Sean Murphy and Matt Smalley accounted for the remainder of Hobart's scoring.

Statemen goalie Max Silberlicht made eight saves and allowed 14 goals in 45 minutes of play before Brad Hester came on in relief, making one save and allowing three goals.

The Big Red out shot Hobart, 43-37 and picked up 40 ground balls to the Statesmen's 31. Cornell held the slight advantage in face offs, winning 13-of-24, and cleared the ball successfully 24-of-28 times, while Hobart cleared 18-of-25.

The Big Red converted 2-of-4 extra-man opportunities and Hobart, which ranks third in the nation in man-up offense, was held to an 0-for-3 performance.

The game started slowly for Cornell as Hobart held the ball for the first two minutes of play, but defensive midfielder George Calvert forced a turnover and started the break the other way. From there, the Big Red scored four quick goals, with back to back tallies from Clayton to put Cornell up, 2-0.

Mitchell got in on the action on the Big Red's next possession as he slipped past two defenders and scored from just outside the crease, making it 3-0 with 10:27 to go in the opening quarter.

The rapid-fire scoring was capped when a shot by Pittard was saved by Silberlicht, but as he attempted to make a pass upfield, Bartlett knocked the ball to the turf, scooped up the ground ball and buried it in the back of the net to give Cornell the 4-0 lead at the 9:53 mark.

It took nearly four minutes before Cornell scored again, but the home team ended the quarter with three goals, with Pittard scoring one and assisting on the other two, to give the Big Red the 7-0 lead at the end of 15 minutes.

Another goal by Clayton opened the scoring in the second quarter and Cornell held the Statesmen scoreless for the first 7:08, upping the total for 22:08 scoreless minutes to start the game, before an unassisted goal by David got the visitors on the board.

The Big Red answered less than a minute later as Mitchell found Bartlett all alone in front of the net for an easy tally to make it 9-1.

Clayton's fourth goal of the evening ended the scoring for Cornell in the half, putting the Big Red up, 10-1 at the 4:05 mark.

Mitchell opened the scoring in the third quarter, picking up a loose ball off a save and burying it in the back of the net to make it 11-1 at the 9:27 mark.

Just under three minutes later, Cornell pushed the score to 13-1, thanks to a 15-yard rocket from Casey Lewis and a rare man-down goal by Seibald.

After another scoreless drought of 20:15, Hobart managed its second goal of the game as Veltman took a pass from Kirk and ripped a high shot into the net.

With just three seconds remaining in the third quarter, Clayton scored his final goal of the game, a man-up tally as he took a pass from Seibald and ripped it past Silberlicht to make it 14-2.

Hobart opened the scoring in the fourth quarter with back-to-back goals just 46 seconds apart, getting a man-down goal by Smalley and an unassisted goal by Murphy to make it 14-4 with 11:00 left to play in the contest.

Hurley registered his two points in the final 6:39 of the game, scoring off a pass from Christian Pastirik and then assisting on Kyle Doctor's first goal of the season at the 3:48 mark.

The Big Red scored immediately off the ensuing face as Glynn found Leif Paulson right in front of the net and the freshman registered the first goal of his career to account for the 17-4 final.

Cornell will have a short wait to see who its opponent will be in the opening round of the 2007 NCAA men's lacrosse tournament, as the Division I Selection Show will air on Sunday, May 6 on ESPNU at 9 p.m. First round games will be played on the campus of the higher seed on either Saturday, May 12 or Sunday, May 13.