Big Red Tops Tigers, 10-6, in Ivy League Clash

Big Red Tops Tigers, 10-6, in Ivy League Clash

Big Red Tops Tigers, 10-6, in Ivy League Clash

Big Red Tops Tigers, 10-6, in Ivy League Clash

The Cornell Big Red assured themselves at least a share of the Ivy League title with their 10-6 win against Princeton Saturday afternoon. In front of a crowd of nearly 11,000, Jeff Tambroni’s squad executed a solid game-plan on both sides of the field. With the win, Cornell stays undefeated and atop the polls.


ITHACA, N.Y. - In a battle that featured two of the best goalkeepers in the nation, it's clear that the advantage went to Cornell University as Matt McMonagle matched a career-best with 19 saves and the No. 1 Big Red defeated No. 5 Princeton in front of 10,721 spectators, including members of the 1977 undefeated national championship team, at Schoellkopf Field. With his performance today, McMonagle moves into fifth place in Cornell history with 494 career saves, surpassing National Lacrosse Hall of Fame member, Butch Hilliard.

With the victory, Cornell remains perfect on the season, improving to 11-0 overall and 5-0 in the conference, ensuring itself at least a share of the Ivy League title for the fifth-straight season. The victory also clinches the conferences' automatic berth to the NCAA tournament for Cornell, as every team other than Princeton has at least two losses, and the Big Red now owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Tigers.

The Big Red was led by John Glynn's game-high four points on three goals and one assist, while Henry Bartlett and Brian Clayton tallied two goals and one assist each. Eric Pittard also had three points on the afternoon, thanks to a team-high two helpers, and Max Seibald was Cornell's only other multi-point scorer with one goal and one assist.

For the second straight season, defenseman Mitch Belisle shut down Princeton's main offensive threat, holding Peter Trombino to just one assist, while the Tigers were led by Whitney Hayes' two goals.

Princeton held the edge in virtually every statistical category, except for saves, where Alex Hewit stopped 10 shots and allowed 10 goals in the loss. The Tigers outshot Cornell, 45-19, and held a slight 31-29 advantage in ground balls. Princeton converted 1-of-6 extra-man opportunities, while holding the Big Red scoreless on its two chances.

The Big Red held a slim edge in face-offs, winning 10-of-19 as Tommy Schmicker's 7-of-15 performance was bolstered by Glynn's 3-of-4 effort.

Cornell jumped on top right away as Pittard found Glynn streaking towards the crease and the sophomore midfielder one-timed it into the back of the net to make it 1-0 just 43 seconds into the contest.

After several failed offensive opportunities by the Big Red, Princeton got on the board when Scott Sowanick scored from close range off a pass from Trombino to knot the game at 1-1 at the 10:51 mark.

The home team went back on top with three unanswered goals, making it 4-1 with just under five minutes to play in the opening quarter.

The Big Red's first goal in the sequence came from Seibald, who took a pass from Clayton, and sent a rocket in from 15-yards out. Casey Lewis put Cornell up, 3-1, with 7:17 to play in the quarter as he ripped a worm-burner between Hewit's legs. The Big Red run ended with a goal from Glynn, who converted from 15-yards out off a pass from Bartlett.

The Tigers responded less than two minutes later, however, as a turnover deep in Cornell's offensive end led to a break the other way and Tommy Davis found Alex Haynie all alone right in front of the crease, where he converted to make it 4-2.

The first goal of the second quarter was a carbon-copy of the Big Red's first goal of the game, with Glynn taking a pass from Pittard and one-timing it into the back of the net from just outside the crease to make it 5-2 with just 58 seconds burned of the clock.

Both teams' defenses locked down for the rest of the quarter, however, and Cornell got six big saves from McMonagle, including two from point blank range in the final 1:29 of the half, to keep the Big Red in the contest.

The action came fast and furious at the start of the third stanza with the teams combining for four goals in the first 2:22 of the quarter.

The Big Red struck first off the opening face-off as Clayton ripped a high shot from 10-yards out to make it 6-2 at the 13:59 mark. Princeton came right back, however, with a man-up goal as Davis took a pass from Sowanick on the doorstep and beat McMonagle up high.

Back to-back goals from Cornell 10 seconds apart put the home team up, 8-3, at the 12:28 mark. The first came from Pittard, who beat Hewit low off a pass from Veddar, while the second came from Bartlett, who took a pass from George Calvert, faked high and scored low, from just outside the crease.

Hayes ended the Cornell scoring run as he picked up the ball behind the cage on a restart, wrapped around the crease and beat McMonagle up high to make it 8-4 with 7:11 to play in the third quarter.

The Big Red stormed right back, scoring 38 seconds later, as Bartlett converted off a pass from Seibald to make it 9-4.

Princeton reversed the trend established in the first three quarters by scoring first in the final stanza as Mark Kovler beat his man and sprinted untouched towards the cage to score from point-blank range to make it 9-5 with 13:39 to play in the contest.

Just under two minutes later, the Big Red extended its lead as Clayton, streaking towards the goal, received a pass from Glynn and scored on the run from 10-yards out.

Hayes brought the Tigers back within four as he scored an unassisted goal at the 8:18, but Princeton was unable to score again as Cornell held on for the 10-6 victory.


This was not the start that Princeton's men's lacrosse team was hoping for out of its showdown against No. 1 Cornell. As a result, the end wasn't what the Tigers wanted either.

Cornell used a fast start to take control en route to a 10-6 win over No. 5 Princeton in front of 10,721 sun-baked fans at Schoellkopf Field Saturday afternoon. The win improved Cornell to 11-0 on the season, clinched at least a tie for the Ivy League title and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Princeton fell to 8-3, 3-1 in the Ivy League, as its seven-game winning streak was snapped.

"We talked about the importance of getting off to a good start," said Princeton coach Bill Tierney. "Unfortunately, that didn't happen. You have to give them a lot of credit."

Cornell came into the game with the nation's top offense, averaging 14.9 goals per game. Princeton came in with the top defense, allowing 5.5 goals per game. Princeton had also allowed just five first quarter goals in 10 games prior to this one.

Cornell would score its first goal in 43 seconds and would score four by the end of the first quarter. In addition, Princeton lost All-America defenseman Zachary Jungers, one of 17 final nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy, to a knee injury that he first suffered during the week in practice and then aggravated during the game.

"That didn't help," Tierney said of losing Jungers. "But you can't take anything away from Cornell. They're a great offensive team. When you look at most teams, you look at their weaknesses. When you look at them, you don't really see any. If you take away one thing, somebody else steps up."

In this case, it was Cornell's midfield. Princeton, even without Jungers, did a good job against Cornell's attack, holding the high-flying Big Red attackman without a goal until the third quarter. Unfortunately, when the Big Red did a goal from up front, it was back-breaking.

Princeton trailed 5-2 at intermission after neither team scored for the final 14:02 of the second quarter. Cornell scored a quick goal early in the third quarter to make it 6-2, but the Tigers answered on Tommy Davis' goal a minute later to make it 6-3.

Cornell would win the next face-off and score on Eric Pittard's goal 13 seconds after Davis scored. To make it worse, Cornell won the next face-off and scored 10 seconds later, when fellow attackman Henry Bartlett scored to make it a five-goal game. Princeton would get no closer than four the rest of the way.

Princeton, outshot 94-34 by Cornell the last two years combined, would outshoot the Big Red 45-29, but the Big Red defense did a great job of forcing shots from the outside, which enabled goalie Matt McMonagle to clean up in the goal.

Whitney Hayes would score twice for Princeton, while Davis, Scott Sowanick, Alex Haynie and Mark Kovler had one each. Midfielder John Glynn scored all three of his goals in the first half for the Big Red.

Alex Hewit made 10 saves for the Tigers; McMonagle made 19 for Cornell.

Princeton hosts Dartmouth next Saturday and Brown the following Saturday. Cornell concludes its Ivy League schedule at Brown next weekend; Princeton needs a Cornell loss in that game and two wins of its own to force a tie for the league title.

Either Cornell or Princeton has won the Ivy title 41 times in the first 51 years of league play.

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    by (#143077) on 4/21/07 @11:23PM
Cornell does it again, never disappoints, so far they have handled every team on their schedule, you gotta respect that, they've beaten every team they've been given. Some of em blowouts too.
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Yes you are correct... But.......
    by (#65281) on 4/23/07 @2:03PM
Who besides duke, and yes I will say that Duke was a big game... have they played any ligamently tough teams? 13th ranked ND? 16th Ranked SU? Yes the 7th ranked Princeton is an ok team... but who do they play? Don’t get me wrong... Cornell is doing well this year... but let’s take into account the strength of schedule. Cornell is ok, but would be shocked to see them as I have said before on Memorial Day.
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    by (#136419) on 4/23/07 @2:07PM
Syracuse is much better than their record and ranking show. In fact, I think they could be quite dangerous come tournament time if they make it.
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You made my point!
    by (#65281) on 4/23/07 @3:57PM
I think when you said... if they make it says it all... "they would be dangerious if they make it"... no kidding... come on... they are not very good this year at all. Why do you think they are better then their ranking? Their 1 win against a ranked team?
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ok sorry... 2 games
    by (#65281) on 4/23/07 @4:01PM
and the great Danes... i retract my 1 game statemnt...
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why cornell will be there
    by (#143077) on 4/23/07 @7:03PM
yes they haven't played the top 10 teams, but who the hell are the top teams right now? Most every team has lost to a worse team or even come close. Loyola beats duke, but loyola lost 17-7 against rutgers, who syracuse destroyed. Virginia lost to duke by one goal in OT, but just barely beat dartmouth. Cornell has beaten all the top teams they've played, syracuse has turned on their offense, but a 16 goal performance from the big red puts it away.
Cornell beat duke, princeton, cuse, army should not have been that close, and notre dame is a very good team. After that, all the teams they should destroy, they did, blowouts, explosive offense completely putting them away. By distancing themselves from teams like binghamton, or penn, they show the championship quality by always performing consistently and playing until the final whistle.
If you look at who has beaten who, who has lost to who, it still leaves the big red on top, no matter what, by putting themselves above the top teams, and completely apart from the middle or worse ones, they will be there memorial day weekend.
UVA isn't always there, a loss to drexel proves that, and close calls with carolina, dartmouth and binghamton (10-7, Cornell beat them 19-4) show weakness. Cornell remains the team to beat, and they've already proven themselves against Duke, and if you ask me, i'd say they played pretty poorly the first half, so thats one of the only times this season Cornell wasn't completely there.
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    by (#136419) on 4/23/07 @8:49PM
In addition to all that you just said about Cornell, another thing that they have in their favor is that a lot of people don't respect them and don't think they stand a chance to win it all. That will only help motivate Cornell even more to proove a point and get respect. I bet that all you Cornell fans hope they continue not to get respect so that the Big Red goes into the tournament that much more angry and hungry. You watch-if Cornell makes the Final Four and Virginia-Duke is the other game, a large majority of lacrosse people will say that the winner of Virginia-Duke wins it all, even though Cornell already beat Duke! I bet that Cornell will love to hear people say that and use it for motivation.
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Here is all i am saying...
    by (#65281) on 4/24/07 @9:30AM
Teams like SU that cornell has beaten... got killed by Hopkins (and yes i am a hopkins fan... not a banwagon thing... but because i grew up across the street) and cornell only beat SU by 1 point, and yes while it was a good game... it was bairly winning the game... but winning it is what counts.. i agree with that... Cornell is a great squad right now, and i dont disagree with you in the fact that they may make it to Memorial day weekend... but dont really think they will be there (at least playing on the turf) on memorial day... They are tough, but once they see post season play, by the "post season players" they will fall, and it will be time to turn in the equipment...
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don't count out syracuse
    by (#143077) on 4/24/07 @10:15AM
the fact that they were soo close to Cornell only shows that cuse is still cuse. They are always a good team, no matter how many games they drop this year, and besides, look at the offense in these past three games, defense is turning it up a bit too. Cuse has their backs against the wall, and Cornell was the first team to face that.
A hell of alot of confidence goes with being undefeated in the tournament, and maybe that's what Cornell needs. Who's to say that they aren't post season players? And since when was Umass a post-season team?, or Navy two years before?
These "post-season" teams change every year, a few remain consistent, but most of all, there are new contenders always climbing the ranks. What will make the post season is this post season, you can't use any other tournament to compare this one, cause its different every year.
Cornell lost to navy in 04, duke in 05, and umass in 06, all of which made it to the championship game. But now they have the top seed, and that's gonna help.
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    by (#136419) on 4/24/07 @12:13PM
Yes, they lost to Army and yes, they lost badly to Hopkins. However, they have improved a lot in the past few weeks. And remember this: They did beat a powerful Georgetown team, beat an Albany team that beat Hopkins, lost to a super Cornell team by just 1 goal, and might have beaten UVA if not for an incredible 2nd Half by UVA goalie Kip Turner.

Syracuse next plays a UMASS team that is quite a bit better than their record shows. They have a lot of talent back from last year's cinderella run and lost to Georgetown by 1 goal last weekend.

If Syracuse can beat UMASS and Colgate, they will be 7-6 and eligible for the tournament. I say they make it. If they make it, they could be dangerous.
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This is their year
    by (#135422) on 4/22/07 @8:33AM
Cornell has had a talented team for years now but this is the year where everything is falling in place for them---i think they have a shot at a undeafted season
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Bold words...
    by (#65281) on 4/23/07 @2:05PM
You really think they are gonna win every game? come on... lets talk for real here... they have won some big games, but winnin every one? I'm not sooo sure.. in fact.. very sure they will not
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    by (#136419) on 4/23/07 @2:08PM
I bet you are picking Duke or Virginia, right?
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Well... now that you ask!
    by (#65281) on 4/23/07 @3:54PM
Unfortunately yes… I think it will be UVA and DUKE… UVA more specifically I don’t want to go, but who would I like to see… I would actually like to see DUKE win… I would like to see a G-town run to the finals… but I would also love to see Navy overcome these 1 point big games (MD, G-town, Hop) and win it this year. I thought it was theirs when they played SU a few years ago, and I think the class who were there for that can rally the rest of the team and come together to win it… If anything to see Dingman get the win for his frustrating game years ago…

what about you?
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    by (#136419) on 4/23/07 @4:29PM
They have dominated recently, so it is time to see someone else. In addition, UVA will be dominant for years to come. Their recruiting class coming in next year may be the best ever! Even though they may not, it would be great to see Cornell win. It would also be great to see Duke or Georgetown win, because neither of those schools has ever won a title. And Navy would probably be my 1st choice. I am from Annapolis, and seeing a team like Navy that does more with less win it all would be really special and awesome for the game. Wow! If Navy ever won it all, the town of Annapolis would wild!! Come to think of it, Navy has never won a title, either!
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    by (#136419) on 4/22/07 @12:24PM
Up until now, I have been saying that Cornell has not gotten total respect. However, after yesterday, I don't see how anyone COULD NOT think they are awesome. Yesterday, they beat a very, very good Princeton team led by Bill Tierney, hands-down the best coach ever and 2nd-to-none in big games.
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    by (#136419) on 4/22/07 @12:56PM
Hands-down, he has to be the leading candidate for it right now. ALbany's Scott Marr is probably right behind him, but that loss to Syracuse could have taken some steam out of his hopes.
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Well if we talking personnel
    by (#65281) on 4/23/07 @4:11PM
Not that he is a coach... but damn this kid. Will Yeatman is a monster for ND. Both on the lax, and FB field. Not that he is going to get coach of the year... or player of the year, but he certainty does his part for ND athletics...
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    by (#136419) on 4/23/07 @8:57PM
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Ben DeLuca?
    by (#65281) on 4/24/07 @9:32AM
i dont see your point?
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