Duke vs. Cornell
March 17, 2009
The Game Story:
DURHAM, N.C. – The No. 3/4 Cornell University men’s lacrosse team received an outstanding effort from goalie Kyle Harer, who stopped a career-high 17 shots, and Ryan Hurley and Max Seibald combined for the Big Red’s first eight goals, as Cornell rolled to a 10-6 victory over No. 8/8 Duke this evening at Koskinen Stadium. With the win, Cornell improves to 4-1 on the season.

Hurley led the Big Red with five goals, while Seibald registered a hat-trick in the first 12 minutes of action to go along with a pair of assists for five points on the night. Rob Pannell, who leads the nation in both points and assists per game, set the school record for assists by a freshman in a single season with three helpers. John Glynn added two goals, while Rocco Romero and Chris Finn had one assist apiece.

Defensively, Cornell was solid, holding the Blue Devils scoreless for 22:06 over the closing minutes of the second and opening minutes of the third quarter as the team build a 7-3 lead.

Duke (6-3) was led by Ned Crotty with three assists and Max Quinzani with two goals. Justin Turri, cousin of former Big Red player Troy Turri ’08, and Zach Howell each registered one goal and one assist. In net, Rob Schroeder stopped just four shots.

The Blue Devils outshot Cornell (37-30), had more ground balls (33-26), and held the slight edge in face-offs (8-of-17).

Cornell benefitted from an early Blue Devil penalty when Sam Payton was flagged for delay of game and Seibald scored just 14 seconds later off a pass from Pannell.

Back-to-back goals by Quinzani gave the home team the 2-1 lead with 11:20 to play, but a pair of great saves by Harer kept it a one-goal game and Seibald got the equalizer at the 6:47 mark.

Just over one minute later, Hurley made it a 3-2 game as he swept from the back to the front of the cage and bounced a low shot past Schroeder.

A solid defensive play by Matt Moyer set up the Big Red’s next goal as he came up with the loose ball and gave possession back to Cornell. Seibald pushed the lead to 4-2 as he converted off a pass from Romero.

The Blue Devils made it a one-goal game early in the second quarter as Steve Schoeffel scored, but back-to-back goals by Hurley made it a 6-3 Cornell advantage going into the intermission. Hurley’s first goal came off a pass from Pannell, while the second was assisted by Seibald.

Cornell closed the second quarter and opened the third with a man-up advantage, but could not convert until Hurley took a pass from Finn, faked low and beat Schroeder high to make it a 7-3 game at the 10:50 mark.

A broken play led to the Blue Devils’ first goal in just over 22 minutes of action as Turri picked up a loose ball and beat Harer up high to make it a 7-4 game with 6:06 to go in the third quarter.

Hurley and Seibald teamed up once again for Cornell’s first tally in the fourth quarter as Seibald pushed past his defender and slipped the ball to Hurley, 10-yards in front of the net. Hurley spun and beat Schroeder up high to double up Duke, 8-4.

The Big Red extended its lead to 10-4 with back-to-back goals by Glynn. The goals came eight minutes apart as Cornell deliberately slowed the pace of the game in an attempt to hold possession and run time off the clock.

A one-minute non-releasable penalty on the Big Red allowed Duke to get its first set of consecutive goals since early in the first period as Catalino scored off a pass from Crotty, before Howell converted a pass from Turri to account for the 10-6 final.