The Penn Quakers outlasted the deluge of rain and Red, beating Cornell 8-6. In a hard fought, even paced contest, Penn lost the battle of stats but won on the scoreboard. The Quakers took over in the third quarter, and the Big Red were left to play catch-up from there. After Penn's undefeated run came to an end against Harvard last week, the Quakers thwarted Cornell's perfect run and moved a step ahead of the Big Red in the Ivy League.
PENN'S PRESS RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA - Last Saturday, the University of Pennsylvania men's lacrosse team entered its game at Franklin Field with Harvard boasting a 6-0 record and a 1-0 Ivy League mark -- and promptly fell to the Crimson.
One week later, the Quakers welcomed Cornell to Franklin Field -- a Cornell team ranked second in the nation and boasting a 6-0 overall record including, you guessed it, a 1-0 Ivy League mark.
If you are a Penn lacrosse fan, what a difference a week makes. And as a result, for the second week in a row a team walked off the Franklin Field turf with a record of 6-1, 1-1.
On April Fool's Day, the Quaker pulled the trick on the Big Red, utilizing a stifling defense that kept Cornell's high-powered in check. Penn is now 7-1, 2-1 in the Ivy League.
James Riordan led Penn with four goals, while D.J. Andrzejewski had two goals and dished off two assists. P.J. Gilbert also scored twice for the Quakers. At the other end, Penn held Cornell nearly seven goals below its season average, as Gregory Klossner had 11 saves in the cage to offset the Big Red's 35-30 shot advantage.
"This is a big win for us, no matter how you look at it," said fourth-year Penn head coach Brian Voelker. "We came out to play hard all day today, I am very happy with our effort. This is great for the program, great for our standing in the Ivy League -- it was a big game.
"Cornell is a very talented team, but I felt like we could win if we played a great game," he continued. "Obviously we did that at both ends of the field, and the result is a win. Our defense has been solid all season, which I knew would be the case, and they really stepped it up today."
Cornell scored the only two goals of the first quarter, but Penn responded with goals by Andrzejewski and Gilbert just 36 seconds apart that tied things up midway through the second quarter. Cornell responded with goals by Eric Pittard and Casey Lewis over a span of 1:03, but Riordan hit his first goal of the day with 3:59 left in the half, and the teams went to the break with Cornell leading, 4-3.
The Big Red's Max Seibald scored early in the third quarter, but Riordan answered less than a minute later, and then nearly 10 minutes went by before Andrzejewski tied things up. The teams went into the final quarter tied, 5-5.
Penn grabbed its first lead with 12:22 to play when Riordan finished an Andrzejewski feed, and just less than three minutes later he tallied an unassisted goal that pushed the Quakers' lead to 7-5. Gilbert then finished a feed from Alan Eberstein with 6:35 to play.
Cornell still had some fight left, however, and got one back with 2:55 to play when David Mitchell finished a Derek Haswell feed after a flurry of shots. However, while the Big Red would spend most of the remainder of the game on offense, they could not get another goal as the Penn defense held fast and Klossner backstopped them.
Penn's next game takes place next Saturday, at Dartmouth. Face-off is slated for 1 p.m. in Hanover, N.H.
CORNELL'S PRESS RELEASE
PHILADELPHIA, PA. - The No. 2 Cornell University men's lacrosse team dropped its first game of the season to No. 16 Penn at Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon. The Quakers scored five unanswered goals in the second half to come away with the victory. With the loss, the Big Red fall to 6-1 on the season and 1-1 in the Ivy League, while Penn improves to 7-1 overall, and 2-1 in the conference.
Cornell held the advantage in shots, 35-30, ground balls, 26-26, and face-offs, winning 8-of-15, but the game was a sloppy one by both teams, as a torrential down-pour during the second period made for slippery conditions. Penn had 18 turnovers during the contest, while the Big Red turned the ball over 16 times. Cornell went 0-for-3 in extra-man opportunities, while holding the Quakers to one goal in seven man-up attempts.
Freshman Max Seibald (Hewlett, N.Y.) Cornell with two goals, while David Mitchell had the only other multi-point game for the Big Red with one goal and one assist. Penn's James Riordan led all scorers with four goals, while D.J. Andrzejewski registered four points with two goals and two assists on the day.
In the cage, Cornell junior Matt McMonagle (Bryn Mar, Pa.) made nine stops, while Greg Klossner saved 11 for the win.
Neither team scored for the first 10 minutes as the Ivy foes felt each other out. Seibald finally cracked the stalemate when he drove from the 40-yard line, blew past the Quaker defenders and rocketed a shot into the upper corner of the net to give the Big Red the 1-0 lead with 4:46 to play in the quarter.
Senior Joe Boulukos (Huntington, N.Y.) put Cornell up 2-0 with just over a minute remaining in the quarter when he ripped a low shot from 25-yards out to beat the Penn goalie down low.
With the start of the second quarter, the weather turned foul as a driving rain storm began, lasting until half time.
Penn would get back-to-back goals 35 seconds apart at the midway point of the period to knot the game at 2-2.
Junior Eric Pittard (Skaneateles, N.Y.) put the Big Red back on top, 3-2, when he drove to the left, then rolled back to the right and scored on a nearly impossible angle, hitting the low far post with just under six minutes to go in the half.
Just over one minute later, junior Casey Lewis (Clifton Park, N.Y.) gave Cornell a two goal advantage as his initial shot was saved, but he collected the rebound in front of the net and scored down low to make it 4-2
Penn would pull within one when Riordan took a feed from P.J. Gilbert to make it 4-3 with just under four minutes to play.
Neither team would score again in the half, despite the fact that Cornell killed off back-to-back penalties, playing a man-down for a minute and a half as the time wound down.
Seibald would get his second goal of the day just three minutes into the third period when he took a pass from junior David Mitchell (Moose Jaw, Sask.) a rifled a shot from 15-yards out to put the Big Red up, 5-3.
The Quakers would score the next five goals, including three from Riordan, to take an 8-5 lead with 6:35 to play.
Cornell would have its chances in the final six minutes of the game, peppering the Quakers' goalie with 11 shots, but the Big Red would manage only one last tally as Mitchell scored off a pass from senior Derek Haswell (Skaneateles, N.Y.) with 2:55 remaining in the contest.
The Big Red is back in action on Saturday, April 8 when it travels to Cambridge, Mass., to take on Harvard at Jordan Field. It will be the 79th meeting between the two squads with Cornell holding the edge in the series, 55-23.
|James Riordan||(4, 0)|
|David Andrzejewski||(2, 2)|
|Pj Gilbert||(2, 1)|
|Alan Eberstein||(0, 1)|
|Casey O'rourke||(0, 1)|
|Gregory Klossner||11 (0.647)|