Cornell vs. Yale
March 25, 2006
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Cornell University men's lacrosse team scored four goals on its first four shots of the game and rolled to 16-6 victory over Yale in its Ivy League season-opener on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red used a group effort on offense, using multi-goal games from four players, as it improved to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference.

Senior Joe Boulukos (Huntington, N.Y.) had his best offensive outing of the young season, registering three goals and adding two assists. With five points on the day, Bouloukos becomes just the 31st player in Big Red history to tally 100 career points, upping his total to 103.

Junior David Mitchell (Moose Jaw, Sask.) and senior Derek Haswell (Skaneateles, N.Y.) each scored four goals, with Mitchell adding two assists for six points, while Haswell tallied one helper for five points on the day. Junior Eric Pittard (Skaneateles, N.Y.) also registered six points with three goals and a game-high three assists.

In goal, junior Matt McMonagle (Bryn Mar, Pa.) warmed up as the game went on, making eight of his 12 saves on the day in the second half. For the Bulldogs, George Carafides made only six saves in the loss.

Yale (2-4, 0-2) was led by Brian Belsky with two goals, while senior Dave Bush (East Syracuse, N.Y.) and the rest of the Cornell defense kept the Bulldogs' leading scorer Daniel Brillman off the board, with only one assist to his credit.

Shots were even in the game, with both teams taking 31, but Cornell won the ground ball battle, 31-23. Yale dominated in face offs, winning 17-of-26 attempts, thanks in large part to Dan Kallaugher's 14-of-21 performance in the middle.

Cornell opened the game with four goals on four straight shots, beginning with a tally from junior Casey Lewis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) a mere 1:56 into the contest. Lewis drilled a shot from the far left side of the field, beating Carafides up high.

The Big Red made it 2-0 less than a minute later when Lewis sent a pass across the field to the far right, where Mitchell was waiting to convert.

Pittard put Cornell up 3-0 just over four minutes into the game with an outstanding drive to the goal. Beginning from behind the cage, Pittard drove to the right side, faked left to lose his man, then rolled to the right and bounced the ball past Carafides.

Cornell scored on its fourth straight shot when Mitchell converted from five-yards out off a pass from Boulukos to make it 4-0 with 8:48 remaining in the period.

Pittard would make it a 5-0 advantage for the home team when he scored in nearly the same exact fashion as his first goal of the day, only this time he drove to the left side of the cage.

The Bulldogs would respond with two unanswered goals as David Schecter and Belsky would make it 5-2 with 2:50 remaining in the first quarter, but Haswell drove from behind the crease and scored while being pushed to the ground with 55 ticks remaining on the clock to put Cornell back up by four, 6-2.

Yale would get the first goal of the second period from Kyle Washabaugh at the 9:14 mark to pull within three, 6-3, but four straight goals by the Big Red would give Cornell a commanding 10-3 lead with under two minutes to play in the half.

The Big Red run began with an outstanding goal in transition. Junior Ethan Vedder (Yorktown, N.Y.) caused a Yale turnover and picked up the loose ball. He hit Bush in stride, who found Haswell just outside the crease, where he easily beat Carafides to make it 7-3.

Boulukos made it 8-3 and registered his 100th career point with 6:56 in the half, with a rifle shot from 10-yards out that skipped past the Yale goalie.

Mitchell scored four minutes later when Haswell sent a pass through the Bulldogs' defense, finding Haswell just outside the crease where he scored from five-yards out.

Haswell would tally a goal of his own 37 seconds later when he took a tough angle shot from the far right side and scored to the far post to make it 10-3 with 1:16 to go before the intermission.

Belskey would tally his second goal of the day off the ensuing face off to make it a 10-4 game at the break.

Neither team would score for the first six minutes of the third period, but the Big Red would get four goals in a row, including two man-up tallies, and hold the Bulldogs scoreless for the entire quarter to go up 14-4.

The first goal of the period was an impressive one as Mitchell took a pass from Boulukos just outside the crease, faked a low shot and then put the ball over the top of Carafides for the man-up tally.

The next goal was an outstanding hustle play by the Big Red, as the attack caused a turnover by Carafides on the clear attempt. Mitchell picked up the loose ball in the middle of the field and made the quick pass to Pittard, who used some fancy stick work to fake out the Bulldog netminder and register the easy goal.

Another man-up goal by Cornell, this one from junior Henry Bartlett (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) from five-yards out, was followed by a rocket shot from Boulukos with 3:23 remaining to end the scoring in the quarter.

Yale would get the first goal of the final stanza just 49 seconds in when Christopher Kempner scored from point-blank range off a pass from Brillman to make it 14-5.

Boulukos would regain Cornell's 10-point cushion with a transition goal. The series began with a save from McMonagle. Freshman Nick Gradinger (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.) picked up the ground ball and quickly got an outlet pass to Pittard, who found Boulukos on the left side.

Cornell's final goal would come with 9:21 to play as Haswell drove towards the cage and scored from just outside the crease to make it 16-5.

Michael Karwoski's goal for Yale with 3:22 remaining would account for the 16-6 final.

Cornell is back in action next weekend as it travels to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on Penn on Saturday, April 1 at Franklin Field at noon.