Harvard vs. Cornell
April 8, 2006
The Game Story:
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - The No. 5 Cornell University men's lacrosse team used a seven-goal scoring run to blow open a tied contest en route to its second Ivy League victory as it defended Harvard, 10-3 on Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field. The Big Red midfield came up big on the day as senior Joe Boulukos (Huntington, N.Y.) and freshman Max Seibald (Hewlett, N.Y.) registered three goals each to lead Cornell. With the win, its eighth in a row over the Crimson, the Big Red improve to 7-1 overall and 2-1 in the conference, while Harvard falls to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Seibald, whose three goals was a career-high, also added an assist to lead the Big Red with four points. Senior Derek Haswell (Skaneateles, N.Y.) also had four points on the day, registering two goals and two assists. Junior Casey Lewis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) and senior Eric Pittard (Skaneateles, N.Y.) also had multi-point games for Cornell, as each tallied one point and one assist.

Senior Mike Pisco (Duxbury, Mass.) was outstanding on defense and picked-up a game- and career-high 10 ground balls, as well as dishing out his first assist of the season in front of a large contingent of hometown fans.

Harvard's Evan Calvert registered two goals to lead the Crimson, while Greg Cohen added one.

Between the pipes, junior Matt McMonagle (Bryn Mar, Pa.) made a season-high 14 saves to earn the victory while Evan O'Donnell and Joe Pike split time in goal for the Crimson, with each giving up five goals and stopping four shots. O'Donnell, who got the start, was credited with the loss.

The game began as a back-and-fourth contest with Cornell getting on the board a mere 1:17 into the game when Haswell converted off a pass from Pisco to make it 1-0. Harvard answered four minutes later when Calvert registered his first goal of the day to make it 1-1 with 9:41 to go in the quarter.

Lewis would give the Big Red back the one-goal lead, making it 2-1, when he tallied an unassisted goal at the 5:17 mark. Once again, Harvard had an answer when a failed clear attempt led to an empty-net goal for Cohen as he knotted the game at 2-2 with 3:43 remaining in the period.

Boulukos would end the scoring in the first when her tallied an unassisted goal with 29 ticks remaining on the clock to put Cornell up for good, 3-2. Harvard had a chance to tie it up as time wound down, but a save by McMonagle with seven seconds reaming preserved the Big Red's lead.

The goal by Boulukos began a 7-0 scoring run for the Big Red that would last over the next two quarters of play.

After a sloppy first period, Cornell showed poise and stepped up the pressure in the second stanza, causing a failed clear following a shot by Boulukos. Haswell managed to come up with the ball and found Pittard, who made it 4-2 at the 10:14 mark. Just under three minutes later, Haswell would get his second assist of the day when his precision pass to Seibald resulted in a tally to make it 5-2 with 7:49 before the intermission.

Neither team would score the rest of the way and the Big Red would take the 5-2 lead into halftime.

Every goal in the third period would come from the stick of Seibald or Boulukos, and the scoring began right away when Calvert was called for an offside penalty just 25 seconds into the stanza. Fifteen seconds later, Seibald would take a pass from Mitchell and give Cornell its first man-up goal of the game, running the score to 6-2. Boulukos would then sandwich a pair of goals around an unassisted tally by Seibald to give Cornell a 9-2 lead. Mitchell assisted on the first Boulukos' goal, while Seibald got his lone assist of the day on the second one.

Harvard would end the Cornell scoring run and get its final tally of the day when Calvert converted a man-up opportunity with 10:56 to play to make it 9-3. Haswell would score the final goal of the afternoon off a pass from Pittard with 3:31 remaining in the contest when he registered an extra-man goal to account for the final score of 10-3.

Cornell held the advantage in shots, 33-28, while the Crimson had the edge in ground balls, 32-28. Harvard also won the face off battle, as John Henry Ford won 10-of-17 attempts. The Big Red converted on both extra-man opportunities, while holding the Crimson to one goal on three attempts.

Cornell is back in action on Tuesday, April 11 when it takes on No. 15 Syracuse at Schoellkopf Field at 7 p.m. It will be the 92nd meeting between the in-state rivals, with the Orange holding the all-time advantage in the series, 56-34-1.