ITHACA, N.Y. – Rob Pannell capped an eight-point day by scoring the game-winning goal with 11 seconds to play, giving the No. 12 Big Red a much-needed 13-12 victory over No. 18 Harvard this evening on Schoellkopf Field. With the win, Cornell improves to 8-2 overall and 3-1 in Ivy League play, while the Crimson fall to 5-4 overall and 1-2 in the conference.
Pannell led the Big Red offense with three goals and five assists. In addition to the game-winner, the sophomore attackman also scored the game-tying goal with 2:42 to play in the game and registered five of his eight points in the crucial fourth quarter. Pannell also caused three turnovers, helping Cornell to allow Harvard just 13-of-19 successful clears, while forcing 18 Crimson turnovers.
Ryan Hurley, David Lau and Jon Thomson each registered two goals apiece, with Hurley and Lau chipping in one assist each. Rounding out the scoring for the Big Red was Chris Ritchie, Roy Lang, Jack Dudley and Ross Gillum with one goal apiece.
Harvard was led by Jeff Cohen with four goals and one assist, while Dean Gibbons added two goals and two assists. Jack Doyle (two goals), Peter Schwartz (two assists), Kevin Vaughan (one goal, one assist) and Terry White (one goal, one assist) were also multi-point scorers for the Crimson.
In goal, Mat Martinez made his first career start and played his first complete game, making six saves to pick up his first career win, while Harry Krieger made 14 saves in the loss.
Cornell outshot the Crimson, 47-27, and held the slight lead in ground balls, 30-26, while Harvard held the slim edge in face-offs, winning 15-of-27.
Harvard was a perfect 3-for-3 on extra-man opportunities, while Cornell went 2-for-5 on the day.
The game was a high-paced, back-and-forth affair, with both teams using numerous scoring runs throughout. After trading goals to open the first 2:24 of the contest, the Big Red scored four unanswered tallies from four different players to go up, 5-1, with 6:23 to play in the first half. During the four-goal swing, Pannell had a hand in three tallies, scoring once and assisting on two others.
Harvard closed the first quarter with a pair of unanswered goals to make it a 5-3 game before the two teams traded goals in the second quarter to give Cornell the 6-4 lead at the intermission.
After Hurley scored the first goal of the third quarter to give Cornell a 7-3 lead, the Crimson scored four-straight goals to take its first lead of the day, 8-7, with 46 seconds remaining in the stanza. During the Harvard run, Cohen scored twice and assisted on a Gibbon’s goal.
Cornell opened the fourth quarter with four unanswered goals of its own, three of which were assisted by Pannell. Lau was the other prominent player during the run, scoring twice and assisting on a goal by Ritchie to make it an 11-8 game with just under six minutes to play.
Harvard won the ensuing face off and Alex White took the ball to the cage and scored from point-blank range to open up a furious Crimson comeback in which Harvard scored four times in a span of 2:45 to put the visitors up, 12-11, with 2:59 to play.
Trailing by one, the Big Red needed to gain possession and Gillum managed to win a crucial face-off, coming out of a scrum with the ball and passing it ahead to Pannell. A great individual effort paid off when Pannell took a shot that hit the ground, bounced up and the hit the cross bar before settling in to the back of the net, tying the game at 12-12 with 2:42 to play.
Austin Boykin won the ensuing face-off and after a turnover deep in the Harvard defensive zone, Lang caused a crucial turnover by intercepting a Crimson pass to return possession to the Big Red, setting up Pannell’s heroics.
The Big Red is back in action on Tuesday, April 13, when it welcomes upstate rival Syracuse to Schoellkopf Field at 7 p.m.
|Rob Pannell||(3, 5)|
|Ryan Hurley||(2, 1)|
|David Lau||(2, 1)|
|Jonathan Thomson||(2, 0)|
|Christopher Ritchie||(1, 0)|
|Roy Lang||(1, 0)|
|Ross Gillum||(1, 0)|
|Jack Dudley||(1, 0)|
|Mat Martinez||6 (0.333)|