ITHACA, N.Y. -- Senior Ryan Hurley became the fifth player in school history to score 100 career goals, but it was his 102nd that gave head coach Jeff Tambroni his 100th coaching victory with an overtime game-winner, keeping the Big Red unbeaten with a 12-11 victory over Army on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red improved to 3-0 with the win, while the Black Knights fell to 1-3.
Hurley scored four goals, including the 100th of his career, but it was his fourth of the day coming in transition with 41 seconds left in the first sudden death overtime that lifted the Big Red to its third straight win to open the year.
In an evenly contested game throughout, it was ultimately a 5-0 run stretching the third into the fourth quarter and Cornell's dominant 20-of-28 day in face-offs that was the difference.
Hurley added an assist to his four goals, while Rob Pannell had two goals and an assist in the victory. Freshman Ross Gillum scored twice and Chris Rithcie had a goal and an assist to lead the Big Red offense. Max Feely was credited with four caused turnovers and five ground balls defensively, with Austin Boykin winning 19-of-23 face-offs in a brilliant performance at the "x".
Garrett Thul had four goals and an assist to lead Army, while Tyler Seymour had a goal and three assists. Both Jeremy Boltus and Tyler Oates were credited with two goals and an assist. Leading the ground ball charge for the Black Knights was goalkeeper Tom Palesky with six to go along with his six saves.
With the score tied at 2-2 and less than two minutes on the clock in the first, Pannell beat his defender and used one fake to take the lead at 3-2, then scored again in transition after a turnover by Army, putting the home team up 4-2 with five seconds left. Hurley had gotten the Big Red off to a good start with the team's first two scores in less than seven minutes, becoming the fifth player in school history to reach 100 career goals.
Hurley broke a 5-5 deadlock with four minutes to play in the second, dodging a defender and putting a shot over Paleski's shoulder for his third game of the day. Army was able to tie it up with a man-up goal with 1:42 left.
Trailing 8-6, Cornell went on a 5-0 run to seemingly take control. Hurley fed Lau with 7:04 to get the team going, while was followed up quickly by a Gillum score to knot the game at 8-8. When Langton scored on the man advantage with 4:19 left, Cornell took a lead it would never relinquish. Roy Lang gave the Big Red its biggest lead at 11-8 with 10:56, but Army wouldn't go away. A 3-0 run tied the score, with Tyler Oates getting the equalizer with 3:52 left. Army took over after a failure to advance call on the Big Red and held the ball for the final three minutes. They were unable to get off a good shot as the Big Red defense made a final stand and sent the game into overtime.
Cornell got the first possession of overtime after winning the face-off and got off two shots that went wide, with Army scooping the second off the ground to take its possession. Fiore made his last save with two minutes remaining in overtime, and after Army got it back, Max Feely scooped up a loose ball and fired it ahead to Scott Austin. Austin found a streaking Hurley, who beat Paleski 1-on-1 to give Cornell the sudden victory win.
The Big Red returns to action on Tuesday, March 9 at 4 p.m. when it plays host to Binghamton at Schoellkopf Field.