Penn State vs. Cornell
March 16, 2002
The Game Story:
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Freshman Sean Greenhalgh (St. Catherines, Ont.) and seniors Galen Beers (Darlington, Md.) and Billy Fort (Bethesda, Md.) each scored three goals apiece to lead the No. 13 Cornell men's lacrosse team to an 11-9 victory over No. 14 Penn State Saturday at Jeffery Field. The win, which avenges an 8-7 loss to the Nittany Lions last year, improves Cornell to 4-1 overall. Penn State falls to 3-2.

The final goal by Greenhalgh proved to be an important insurance goal, as it gave Cornell an 11-7 lead with 10:42 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Penn State defense tightened and closed the gap to 11-9 with goals by Mike Jacober and Rob Booth. Cornell wouldn't allow the Nittany Lions an opportunity to get within one goal, and the Big Red left with its first win over a ranked opponent this season.

The Big Red jumped out of the gates with two quick goals. After J.P. Schalk (Jamesville, N.Y.) gave Cornell a 1-0 lead, Beers scored the first of three goals to open the lead to 2-0. With today's game, Beers has scored seven goals against the Nittany Lions over the last two seasons. After Penn State tied the score with two late goals, Fort scored his first of three to give Cornell a 3-2 lead after one quarter. The Big Red would open a 6-3 lead by halftime, thanks to solid defense and goals by Beers, Fort and Greenhalgh.

Cornell led Penn State in the 2001 matchup, but failed to score in the second half. The Big Red made sure that wouldn't happen again, as it scored four times in the third quarter. Besides the three players who scored in the second quarter, sophomore Ian Rosenberger (Concord, N.H.) tallied late in the quarter, and Cornell entered the fourth quarter with a 10-6 lead. Over the last two games, Cornell has outscored its opponents 13-3 in the third quarter.

A quick goal by Edmond Perry cut the deficit to 10-7, but Greenhalgh gave Cornell the 11-7 lead with his third and final goal of the game. Despite missing the Canisius game with a concussion, Greenhalgh has established himself as one of the better goal-scorers on the team and leads the squad with 12 scores. He also recorded his first assist of the season on Fort's second goal of the game.

Cornell will return home to open its Ivy League schedule next weekend against Yale. The contest will begin at noon, with a women's lacrosse contest against Pennsylvania following it.