Cornell vs. Binghamton
February 25, 2006
The Game Story:
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior David Mitchell entered the 2006 season with
two career goals. He matched that total 1:55 into the second period.
Just 4:49 later, Mitchell had six goals in the game and the Big Red
was well on its way to a 16-3 season-opening win over Binghamton on
Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. Mitchell tacked on two more
scores to give him eight goals on the afternoon.

Mitchell wasn't the game's only hero for Cornell, as Derek Haswell
notched four goals and two assists and Joe Boulukos was credited with
two goals and two assists. Eric Pittard and Max Seibald also made
their debuts at Cornell a successful one, each garnering three
assists. Cornell scored nine second period goals, including five by
Mitchell, in getting out to a 13-1 halftime lead. The home team
outshot the visitors 42-11 and won the battle for ground balls 39-18.

Cornell opened the game with consecutive man-up goals in the first
5:24 of the contest en route to a 3-0 lead. Haswell dented the
scoreboard for the first Big Red goal of the season 3:30 in on the
extra-man off a feed from Seibald, then Mitchell banged home the first
of his eight scores less than two minutes later. When Haswell found
the back of the net 7:19 in, the lead was 3-0. Binghamton briefly got
back into the game as Jake Boyce scored on a nice move down low, but
Boulukos found the back of the net with 13 seconds left in the period
to go up 4-1.

Cornell outshot the Bearcats 11-5 in the first period, but the
domination that followed was less predictable. Cornell outshot
Binghamton 29-2 over the second and third periods in outscoring BU
12-1. Seven goals in the first 6:44 of the second sealed the win. Not
until Binghamton's Rob Williams scored a goal on a Chris Mulheron feed
with 9:12 left in the third would the Bearcats stop Cornell's varied
scoring attack. The Bearcats were able to tally the lone goal of the
fourth period when both teams liberally used their reserves with the
outcome decided.

Cornell goalkeeper Matt McMonagle saw little action, making three
saves while playing all 60 minutes. Kevin McKeown and Larry Kline
split time in goal, each playing a half. Kline made nine saves and
allowed just three goals in the final 30 minutes. Mitch Belisle had a
team-best six ground balls, while Dave Bush added five to go along
with his goal and assist.

Cornell will face a big test when the Big Red plays No. 10 Notre Dame
on Saturday, March 4, in a game that will take place at Benedictine
University in Chicago, Ill. It will be the fourth-ever meeting between
the programs with Cornell holding a 3-0 advantage.