Pennsylvania vs. Cornell
March 27, 2010
The Game Story:
PHILADELPHIA – The No. 9 Cornell men’s lacrosse team jumped out to a 4-1 lead and held off a late surge to defeat Penn, 12-6, this afternoon at Franklin Field. With the win, the Big Red improves to 7-1 on the season (2-0 Ivy), while the Quakers fall to 4-5 overall (0-2).

Rob Pannell had his third straight game with more than five assists, registering six assists on the day to quarterback the Cornell offense. Scott Austin tallied a team-high four goals, while Chris Ritchie had four points on two goals and two assists. Ryan Hurley finished with two goals, while Ross Gillum, Roy Lang, Steve Mock and Jon Thomson chipped in one goal apiece.

In between the pipes, AJ Fiore earned the win with four saves and three goals-against, before Mat Martinez came on in relief, finishing with six saves and allowing three goals.

Penn was led Dan Savage’s three goals, while Tim Schwalje had two assists. Chris Casey and Joe Hegener split time in goal, with each registering six saves and allowing six goals.

The Big Red outshot Penn, 40-32, and held the dominant edge in ground balls, 34-17. Cornell also dominated the in the face-off circle, going 16-of-22, with Austin Boykin wining 14-of-18 restarts.

Neither team registered a man-up goal, with Cornell going 0-for-3 and Penn going 0-for-1.

Cornell scored three goals in the first four minutes of action with Pannell scoring on goals by Hurley and Austin while Ritchie registered an unassisted tally.

Savage got the Quakers on the board at the 9:25 mark, but the Big Red closed the first and opened the second quarter with goals from Austin and Gillum.

Penn used a 4-2 scoring run to make it a two-goal game, 7-5, with 6:10 remaining in the third quarter, with Mock and Thomson scoring for Cornell.

Two goals was as close as it would get, however, as the Big Red closed the game on a 5-1 run to take the 12-6 victory.

Cornell will take on Dartmouth next weekend in the New England Lacrosse Classic on Saturday, April 3 at noon. The game is the first of a double-header, as Princeton will face Brown in the nightcap at 2:30 p.m.