Cornell vs. Pennsylvania
March 23, 2013
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Steve Mock scored four goals, and Rob Pannell added two goals and an assist to become the Cornell men's lacrosse program's all-time leading scorer in a 10-5 victory over Penn on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. With the win, the No. 2 Big Red improve to 7-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference, while the No. 9 Quakers fall to 5-2 on the season and 1-1 in the Ivy League.

Pannell got the record-breaking point on his assist of a Mock strike just 51 seconds into the fourth quarter, giving the Big Red a 7-2 lead. It was his 297th point, moving him one clear of Mike French (296; 1974-76) as the Big Red's all-time leader. With his two goals on the day, he also moved past French's teammate Jon Levine (1974-76) on the all-time career goals list, taking over fifth place with 124.

In addition to Mock and Pannell, Cornell also received multi-point days from Matt Donovan (two goals, one assist), Connor Buczek (one goal, two assists) and Max Van Bourgondien (one goal, one assist).

The Big Red's defense was solid all day long, led by senior goalie A.J. Fiore, who made nine saves to earn his seventh victory of the season, also collecting a team-high eight ground balls and causing three turnovers. Thomas Keith led the unit with four caused turnovers, while Steven and Noble finished with three apiece.

In the faceoff circle, Doug Tesoriero rebounded with a solid performance, winning 10-of-17 restarts as the Big Red took 10-of-19 total face-offs.

Penn was led by Zack Losco with two goals and Drew Belinsky with two assists, while Tim Schwalje added one goal and one assist.

Quaker goalie Brian Feeney stopped 11 shots in the loss.

The Big Red took more shots (44-30), had more ground balls (45-34) and fewer turnovers (21-26). Both teams had five failed clears.

Cornell was held scoreless on four extra-man opportunities, but on the other end of the field, the Big Red didn't commit a single penalty.

Pannelll got the scoring started just short of 10 minutes into the game on his 20th goal of the year, kicking off a stretch of six goals in five minutes to leave Cornell with a 4-2 advantage after the opening quarter. During that stretch, the Big Red also got goals from Van Bourgondien, off a pass from Buczek, and Mock off a pass from Tom Trasolini. The assist was Trasolini's first collegiate career point.

The middle two quarters were a defensive struggle, with Cornell netting the only two goals, one from Donovan and one from Van Bourgondien, to break open a four-goal lead.

Pannell's record breaking assist on Mock's goal extended the Big Red's lead to its largest of the day at 7-2, but Losco answered with just under 11 minutes to play. The teams traded goals before back-to-back marks by Pannnell and Mock restored a 10-4 lead to the home team with just over three minutes remaining in the contest.

Nick Doktor scored off a pass from Belinsky at the 2:33 mark of the period to account for the 10-5 final.

Cornell will play its final two home games of the season next week as it welcomes Siena to Schoellkopf Field on Tuesday, March 26, before playing host to Dartmouth on Saturday, March 30.