Hobart vs. Cornell
May 5, 2006
The Game Story:
GENEVA, N.Y. - The No. 3 Cornell University men's lacrosse team held Hobart scoreless for 38:40 and scored 12-straight goals en route to a 15-6 victory over the Statesmen this evening at McCooey Field. The Big Red improved to 11-2 overall, giving Cornell 11 wins at the end of the regular-season for the first time since the 1987 team went into the NCAA tournament with an 11-0 record.

Nine different Big Red players found the scoring column with junior David Mitchell (Moose Jaw, Sask.) leading the way with four goals and two assists for six points on the evening. Classmate Eric Pittard (Skaneateles, N.Y.) had four points with two goals and two assists, while senior Derek Haswell (Skaneateles, N.Y.) scored two goals and added an assist for three points.

Junior Matt McMonagle (Bryn Mar, Pa.) was outstanding in the cage making nine saves and allowing only one goal in 43:07, before senior Kyle Miller (Orangeville, Ont.) came on in relief and made four saves while allowing five goals.

For Hobart (6-8), David O'Quinn set the pace with two goals, while Nick Currie scored one goal and added one assist for two points. Nick DeSantis took the loss for the Statesman, making 12 saves, while allowing 13 goals in 45:00. Brad Hester played the final quarter and allowed two goals without making any saves.

Cornell held the advantage in shots, 42-37, including a 28-8 margin in the first half, and had the slight 29-24 edge in ground balls.

The Big Red would strike first, scoring a mere 1:15 into the contest when freshman Max Seibald (Hewlett, N.Y.) would get the first of his two assists on the day as he drive to the middle of the field, drew the double team and dished to Mitchell, five-yards in front of the goal. Mitchell would turn and fire, beating DeSantis up high to put Cornell up, 1-0.

Seibald would set up the second Big Red tally as well, sending a pass from the right wing to sophomore Casey Lewis (Clifton Park, N.Y), who would rocket a low shot from 25-yards out to make it 2-0 with 8:34 remaining in the opening stanza.

Just over three minutes later the visitors would make it 3-0, converting on their only extra-man up opportunity of the game. With time ticking down in the man-up senior Joe Boulukos (Huntington, N.Y.) would take a pass from Mitchell on the left wing and send a low shot past DeSantis.

The Cornell defense would get in on the action coming up with a turnover and allowing the Big Red to score in transition with Haswell converting off a pass from Bush to run the score to 4-0.

With 2:06 left in the first period the Big Red would tack on another goal as Pittard drove from behind the goal to the right side of the cage and dished to Mitchell, who was planted right outside of the crease and one-timed it past DeSantis to make it 5-0.

Cornell would continue the offensive onslaught in the second period, scoring its sixth-straight goal at the 9:31 mark. Senior Mike Pisco (Duxbury, Mass.) scooped a ground all and hit freshman Matt Moyer (Chadds Ford, Pa.) in stride who carried up the middle of the field. Moyer would then get his first collegiate point when he dished to Pittard who faked low and went high to score from point-blank range.

Less than two minutes later sophomore John Espey (Commack, N.Y.) would get his first collegiate goal when he ripped a shot form the left wing to beat DeSantis up high and put the Big Red up, 7-0.

Cornell would score twice in the final minutes of the half, with the first coming with 3:12 to play when Mitchell drew a triple team, and while he was falling to the ground, got a pass off to Pittard who was behind the cage. Pittard would then hit a streaking Haswell, who would convert from close range.

The final goal of the half would come in transition after McMonagle came up with save and hit a junior Ethan Vedder (Yorktown, N.Y.) as he streaked upfield. Vedder would carry for 30-yards before dishing to Mitchell, who finished to give the Big Red a 9-0 advantage at the intermission.

Boulukos would open the scoring in the third period when he took a pass from Mitchell on the right side of the goal. The pass would draw Boulukos to far away from the cage to have a good angle but when DeSantis left the line to try and force a turnover, Boulukos would wrap a shot behind his back and bounce the ball into the empty net, making it 10-0.

Cornell would make it 11-0 just 35 seconds later when Pittard would convert from close range off a pass from Dave Bush (East Syracuse, N.Y.).

Hobart would finally crack the score board with 6:20 remaining in the third period when Justin Porter would carry the ball from behind the cage, pushing around the left hand side and sending a worm-burner through McMonagle's legs.

The Big Red would waste little time getting back the 11 goal advantage, winning the ensuing face off and converting as Mitchell would score off a pass from Haswell to make it 12-1 with 6:05 left in the period.

Junior Brian Clayton (Monsey, N.Y.) would give the visitors their largest lead of the game, scoring an unassisted goal with 40 seconds remaining in the third period to make it 13-1.

The Statesmen would sandwich a pair of goals around a tally from freshman Chris Finn (Manhasset, N.Y.) to make it 14-3 with 11:20 to play. The first Hobart goal would come from Daryl Veltman, while the second would come from the stick of O'Quinn.

Just over one minute later, Currie would get make it 14-4 with an unassisted goal.

The teams would trade goals over the final three minutes of the contest with the Big Red getting a goal from freshman Kyle Doctor (Skaneateles, N.Y.) off a pass from classmate John Decker (Devon, Pa.).

Hobart's James Fuller would answer right back with a goal 33 seconds later to make it 15-5 with 2:28 to play.

The Statesman would get the final goal of the evening with nine seconds remaining in the contest when O'Quinn would score an extra-man goal off a pass from Jeff Colburn to account for the 15-6 final. It was the lone man-up goal the Statemen would score on three attempts.

Cornell will have to wait until Sunday, May 7 to learn of its fate for the remainder of the season. The NCAA Men's Lacrosse Selection Show will air on ESPNews at 8:30 p.m.