ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior Roy Lang cut to the goal, received a clean feed from senior David Lau, and buried the ball in the back of the net in overtime to put the No. 10 Cornell men's lacrosse in sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a 13-12 overtime triumph over No. 13 Penn on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. Cornell improved to 6-2 (2-0 Ivy), while the Quakers slipped to 4-3 (1-1 Ivy) with the loss.
Lang's goal salvaged the win for the Big Red, which led by five goals at the intermission, in a game that featured a wild second half. The teams combined for 16 goals after the break and just four saves, with 15 of the goals being scored before the first save of the second half was made.
Cornell got two goals and two assists from All-American Rob Pannell, who left the game for a stretch in the second quarter after being hit while scoring his first goal of the game. Both Lau and Chris Langton also posted four-point afternoons with two goals and two assists apiece. Lang and Steve Mock each scored three times and Cody Bremner was credited with a pair of assists.
Jason Noble had an outstanding game, picking up five ground balls and winning 8-of-10 second half face-offs, including the overtime restart, to lead the Big Red to its winning possession. Mike Bronzino caused three Penn turnovers in front of AJ Fiore, who picked up the win in goal by making seven saves.
The Big Red held a 36-33 shot advantage and won the ground ball battle 39-28. Cornell won 6-of-8 face-offs in the final quarter and overtime to finish at 15-of-29 for the game, after being at a distinct disadvantage through the first three quarters.
For the visitors, Al Kohart scored four times and Will Amling scored three goals, while Corey Winkoff had a goal and three assists. Will Koshansky had four caused turnovers in front of Brian Feeney, who made seven saves in picking up the loss.
The Big Red dominated possession in the first quarter as it built a 4-1 lead at the first intermission. The first goal game moments after a man-up opportunity expired, as Bremner skipped a cross-field pass to Langton, who ripped a low-to-high shot past Feeney to put Cornell up, 1-0, at the 11:51 mark.
Just over one minute later, Lang dodged past his defender and scored from close range, and the Big Red pushed its lead to 4-0 with back-to-back goals from Mock. Langton was credited with an assist as he faked a shot and dumped to Mock on the doorstop for his first goal of the afternoon. Mock tallied again when he picked up a rebound off a Feeney save and beat the goalie to the open net.
Amling got Penn on the board with 1:39 left in the first quarter as he bull-rushed to the goal and got off a shot despite a Cornell defender hanging on him.
The Big Red pushed its lead to 7-2 at the intermission as it again controlled possession and used a deliberate offense to put quality shots on goal. McMichael opened the scoring with a man-up goal, off a pass from Langton, and Pannell made it 6-1 when he wrapped around the cage and beat Feeney down low.
Another goal by Amling, on a perfectly placed shot over Fiore's right shoulder, ended the Cornell run, but Lang responded when he took a pass from Lau and ripped a sidearm low-to-high shot into the upper part of the net in the closing moments of the half.
The offensive action was fast and furious in the second half, as neither team's goalie registered a save in the quarter. Penn opened the quarter on a 3-0 scoring run, getting two goals from Kohart and one from Rob Fitzpatrick.
A man-up goal from Langton, off a pass from Bremner, at the 8:04 mark ended the Cornell drought and made it an 8-5 game. The teams traded goals the rest of the quarter as the Big Red clung to the slim 10-8 lead heading into the final intermission.
A great individual effort by Lau in the opening moments of the fourth quarter pushed the Cornell lead back to three goals, but three unanswered tallies by the visitors knotted the game for the first time, 11-11, with 7:18 to play.
An amazing pass from Pannell and a perfectly placed shot by Lau on the crease restored the lead to the Big Red with 3:48 to play, but a transition goal by Zack Losco, who picked up a ground ball after a Cornell turnover and streaked untouched to goal, tied the game for a final time at 12-12 with 3:14 to play.
Both goalies made saves in the crucial final moments to send the game into overtime.
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