Cornell vs. Yale
March 28, 2004
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's lacrosse team channeled the emotion of the past week into a dominating defensive effort, handing Yale its first loss of the season and opening Ivy League play with a 10-6 win on Sunday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red improved to 4-1 on the season (1-0 Ivy), while Yale fell to 4-1 overall (1-1 Ivy).

The game was the first for Cornell since the death of senior co-captain George Boiardi in a game against Binghamton 11 days earlier, and the Big Red used a moment of silence prior to the game in his honor. Moments later Cornell hit the field and the Big Red defense which he was such a big part of stifled Yale from the start. Cornell hopped out to a 5-1 lead and allowed Yale just three first quarter shots in taking control of the game immediately.

"I'm really proud of how these young men came out focused and ready to take care of the task at hand," said head coach Jeff Tambroni. "We didn't necessarily play a great lacrosse game, but we gave a "George Boiardi-like" effort, something that would have made him proud." Andrew Collins led the Cornell offense with two goals and four assists, while sharp-shooter Sean Greenhalgh chipped in with a goal and three assists. Kevin Nee with two goals and Justin Redd with a goal and an assist were the only other multi-point scorers for Cornell, but eight different Cornellians netted at least a goal in the win.

The Big Red's energy on defense forced six failed clears, while Cornell won the battle for ground balls 30-23. Joe Boulukos head a game-high eight ground balls, while Scott Raasch had five to go along with a 10-of-18 day on faceoffs. Overall, Cornell won 11-of-20 starts. In goal, senior Brandon Ross stopped eight shots, including seven after halftime, to help Cornell limit an opponent to six goals or less for the third straight game. It was Ross' first start of the season.

Yale's Seth Goldberg scored three goals, while Ryan Capilupi had a goal and an assist. Both Dennis Barry and Scott Kenworthy led the Bulldogs with four ground balls apiece, with Kenworthy adding a goal. Jordan Ellis stopped 12 shots between the pipes for Yale.

Cornell's defense was suffocating in the first half as the Big Red jumped out to a 4-0 lead, holding the Bulldogs scoreless for the first 22:13 of the contest and outshooting Yale 24-10 at the half. Mike Riordan got Cornell on the board 5:40 in before Collins took over, assisting on Sean Greenhalgh's goal to make it 2-0, then scoring the next two, the final one coming on a feed from Justin Redd. Yale goalkeeper Jordan Ellis kept the Elis in the game with eight first half saves, but the Yale offense continually turned the ball over without getting a shot on goal, seven times in the first quarter alone.

Yale finally found the back of the net 7:13 into the second quarter when Ryan Calipuli beat Ross, but Cornell capitalized on one of Yale's eight penalties for an extra-man goal by Kevin Nee on another feed from Collins. Nee scored both of Cornell's man-up goals on the afternoon. Yale closed out the scoring in the half with less than three minutes to play when Colin Neville cut the deficit to 5-2 at the break.

Cornell continued to put it on Yale, scoring four times on just eight shots in the third period, effectively sealing the deal with a 9-3 lead heading into the final quarter. Ross, who had a quiet afternoon heading into the period, stopped four shots while allowing just one goal. He added three saves in the fourth quarter to seal Cornell's victory.

The lead was extended to 10-3 less than two minutes into the period on an Ian Rosenberger's first tally of the game, making him the eighth different Cornell player to score a goal in the contest. Yale scored the final three goals of the afternoon, with Goldberg netting a pair of scores, closing the deficit to 10-6 with 4:09 to play. Despite pulling the goalkeeper for the final minute, Yale could not regain possession and the Big Red ran out the clock for the victory.

After the game, the Big Red players met at midfield and huddled in a tribute to their late captain.

Cornell will return to action against Ivy foe Penn on Saturday, April 3 at 12 p.m. at Franklin Field.