Cornell vs. Umbc
March 9, 2002
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. Sophomore Andrew Collins (Yorktown Heights, N.Y.) recorded a career-best seven points on four goals and three assists while eight other teammates scored goals as the No. 14 Cornell men^s lacrosse team routed UMBC 16-4 in the 2002 home opener, which was played in front of 1,223 people Saturday at Schoellkopf Field. The victory improves Cornell to 2-1 on the season, while the Retrievers fall to 1-2.

The contest was a much different story than last season^s 6-5 win for the Retrievers in Baltimore. Cornell jumped out to a 4-0 lead early, with freshman Sean Greenhalgh (St. Catherines, Ont.) leading the way with two goals. The rookie has a team-high nine goals three games into the season, but a minor concussion suffered late in the first quarter forced other players to supply the offense. The final goal of the first quarter was an extra-man goal by sophomore Ben Spoonhower (Webster, N.Y.), his first of two goals on the man-up. Cornell was 3-for-4 on the advantage, a clear improvement from an 0-for-7 performance last season against UMBC. Collins scored the team^s other extra-man goal.

Ahead 6-2 at halftime, Cornell pulled away with a 4-2 advantage in the third quarter. After Collins opened with his extra-man score, UMBC^s Josh Gerber made it 7-3 with a score on a pass from Joey Kestermann. Cornell ran off the next three goals, beginning with an unassisted tally from senior Billy Fort (Bethesda, Md.). Fort, who scored twice in the game, has four goals against UMBC over the last two years. Spoonhower and Collins followed with scores before Kestermann ended the third quarter with a goal.

The final 15 minutes were all Cornell, as five players combined for six goals and the Big Red defense pitched a shutout. Freshman Justin Redd (Towson, Md.) scored twice, while Collins, junior J.P. Schalk (Jamesville, N.Y.), senior Galen Beers (Darlington, Md.) and junior Frank Sands (West Babylon, N.Y.) scored once.

The sizable lead allowed Cornell coach Jeff Tambroni to go deep into his bench, The Big Red played 30 people, including the debut of freshman goaltender Kyle Miller (Orangeville, Ont.). Following a strong seven-save performance from first-team preseason All-America selection Justin Cynar (Massapequa, N.Y.), Miller played the final few minutes and made his first collegiate save.

Cornell dominated in all statistical categories. It won 15-of-23 faceoffs, outshot the Retrievers 46-21 and earned a 49-22 advantage in ground balls. Senior Josh Heller (Milton, Mass.) led the way with eight groundballs, while senior Addison Sollog (Lynbrook, N.Y.) and junior Ryan McClay (Mahopac, N.Y.) each had seven. Those three players were each preseason All-America selections.

^To me, groundballs is an effort stat,^ Tambroni said after the game. ^We asked the guys to invest themselves into this team. The commitment was there, but we asked them to give their heart and soul. Now we will try to stay on an even keel. We didn^t want to be too low after the Georgetown loss or the close win at Colgate. We don^t want to be too high after the win over UMBC.^

Cornell will stay home to face Canisius College Tuesday at Schoellkopf Field at 5 p.m. Cornell is 2-0 against Canisius, with the last win being a 23-2 rout in 1998.