Cornell vs. Penn State
March 15, 2003
The Game Story:
Junior goalkeeper Brandon Ross kept No. 15 Penn State at bay and sophomore Sean Greenhalgh finished the Lions off as No. 20 Cornell remained unbeaten at home with a 9-8 win on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The win improved Cornell's record to 3-2 overall, while Penn State falsl to 1-4.

Ross had a career-high 18 saves, including 11 in the first half, to limit the high-scoring Nittany Lion squad to a season-low eight scores. He added three ground balls and stopped five of the six shots he faced in the decisive fourth period. "That has to be a big confidence boost for Brandon," said head coach Jeff Tambroni. "That is one of the finest goalkeeper performances we've had here that I can remember, and with (recently graduated All-American) Justin Cynar here, that is saying a mouthfull."

Greenhalgh, who was held to just one goal in the first three periods, scored all four Big Red goals in the fourth period, giving him 10 goals in the team's last two wins. He rallied Cornell from a 7-5 deficit entering the fourth with three goals in the first three minutes of action in the final 15 minutes, then tallied the game-winner with 6:01 remaining. Greenhalgh ended up scoring on five of the six shots he attempted and on all five he put on net.

"I think Sean bailed us out tonight," Tambroni said. "The offense was too stagnant at times and we had too many turnovers, but Sean really came through." Andrew Collins chipped in with two goals and two assists as the team's only other multi-point scorer.

Penn State was led Marshall Feldman's two-goal, one-assist afternoon, while teammate Rob Booth also scored twice. Luke Oglesby had a goal and an assist in the loss. Nittany Lion goalkeeper Chris Garrity saved 10 shots in goal. Despite the loss, Penn State dominated in shots (44-24), but Ross more than made up for that with his stellar play for the Red.

Penn State opened the scoring seven minutes in when Marc Young found Feldman to make the score 1-0. Cornell evened the score exactly two minutes later when J.P. Schalk beat Garrity, the first of six ties in the contest. Oglesby closed out the first period with his lone score, sending Penn State into the first break with a 2-1 lead.

Cornell outscored the Nittany Lions 2-1 in the second period on the strength of Ross, who made seven saves in the stanza, and a man-up goal by Greenhalgh that gave the Big Red its only lead of the half at 3-2. Booth knotted the score at 3-3 four minutes before halftime on a feed from Feldman.

Penn State seemingly took control of the game in the third, winning four of six face-offs and outscoring the Red 4-2. The dagger appeared to be a goal with one second remaining in the quarter that gave Penn State its first two-goal lead at 7-5.

That's when Greenhalgh took over.

The reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Year scored three successive goals to open the half, regaining the lead for Cornell at 8-7. His first broke whatever momentum Penn State brought into the quarter, finding the back of the net just 27 seconds in. He added goals 17 seconds apart, at 12:18 and 12:01 to switch the momentum totally. A goal by Derek Howell's evened the score at 8-8 to momentarily quiet the crowd, but Greenhalgh answered with the game-winner just 1:36 later. Ross and the defense did the job down the stretch, as Ross saved five of the six Penn State shots in the period.

Cornell will take a week off from competition before opening Ivy League play at No. 17 Yale on Saturday, March 22 at 1 p.m. in New Haven. Conn.