Cornell Crushes Penn, 20-5

Cornell Crushes Penn, 20-5

Cornell Crushes Penn, 20-5

Cornell Crushes Penn, 20-5

It was all Cornell all afternoon in Ithaca Saturday. The Big Red was able to grab a 4-1 lead after the first, and never looked back from there. At times it seemed they could score at will. Penn used three different goalies, and none could stem the tide. Cornell seemed to be on a mission, perhaps trying to make an emphatic statement about last year’s loss to Penn, the only Ivy League game Cornell dropped. The Big Red longsticks put on a clinic, constantly thwarting Penn’s offense by getting a piece of passes and snagging hanging sticks. Cornell’s dominating performance showed why they are still undefeated.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY PRESS RELEASE

No. 1 Men’s Lacrosse Remains Perfect, Trounces Penn 20-5

ITHACA, N.Y. - The Cornell men's lacrosse team opened a season at 7-0 for the first time since 1987 and avenged its lone Ivy League loss from last season as it rolled to a 20-5 victory this afternoon in front of more than 4,200 fans at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red, who scored more than 20 goals for the first time since the 1998 season, improves to 2-0 in the conference, while the Quakers fall to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the league.

The Cornell attack led the way for the Big Red as seniors Eric Pittard, David Mitchell and Henry Bartlett combined for 17 points. Pittard registered a game-high seven points with five assists and two goals, and Mitchell led all scorers with five goals and handed out one assist, while Bartlett tallied a career-high four goals. Rounding out the multi-goal scorers were sophomores Max Seibald, with three goals on just three shots, and Rocco Romero with two tallies.

The Quakers were led by Casey O'Rourke's two goals and Craig Andrzejewski's three assists.

In goal, senior Matt McMonagle was solid, saving .643 percent of the shots he faced as he made nine saves and allowed five goals, while Chris Casey gave up 16 goals and made only six saves in 46:27. Greg Klossner and Greg Murray closed out the game for Penn, combining for four saves and four goals in the final 13:33.

Cornell out shot the Quakers, 51-36, and held a 45-31 advantage in ground balls, but Penn held the edge in face offs, winning 16-of-28. The Big Red committed nine penalties on the day, but kept the Quakers 2-of-9 on extra man attempts, while scoring on 1-of-3 of their man up opportunities.

The game stayed tight for the first half, with Penn cracking the scoreboard at the 13:03 mark to take the early 1-0 lead. The Big Red scored the next five goals to close out the first quarter and open the second, but O'Rourke's goal with 10:27 remaining in the second stanza ended the scoring for the half, and the home team took a slight 5-2 advantage into the intermission.

The second half was all Cornell, however, as the Big Red out scored the Quakers 15-3 in the final 30 minutes, including seven unanswered goals to end the game as the team cruised to the 20-5 victory.

The Big Red is back in action next weekend as it plays host to Harvard at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA PRESS RELEASE

Men’s Lacrosse Downed by Cornell, 20-5

ITHACA, N.Y. - Penn scored the first goal in Saturday's game at No. 1 Cornell, giving a brief thought that maybe the Quakers would be able to get the upper hand and upset the Big Red for the third time in the last four years.

The thought was certainly brief.

Cornell evened the game less than three minutes later, then scored the next four goals and never looked back. When the game finally ended, the top-ranked team had rolled to a 20-5 victory over the Quakers.

The Big Red improved to 7-0 (2-0 Ivy League), while Penn fell to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the Ivy League.

Alex Salihi scored Penn's first goal, off a feed from Craig Andrzejewski, less than two minutes into the game to give Penn the early advantage.

Cornell's Max Seibald finished an Eric Pittard feed with 10:41 left in the first quarter, setting the Big Red off. David Mitchell scored with 7:18 left in the first to give Cornell the lead they never relinquished, and 50 seconds later Henry Bartlett finished a Mitchell feed for a 3-1 lead. Seibald notched his second of the day to close out the first-quarter scoring, and then Pittard netted his first less than three minutes into the second quarter.

Penn's defense held firm after Pittard's goal, as the only scoring that occured in the last 12 minutes of the half came with 10:27 to play when Casey O'Rourke scored an unassisted goal for Penn. At the half, the score was a fairly innocent 5-2.

That all changed in the second stanza, as Cornell gave a staggering display of its offensive prowess.

Cornell scored three goals in a 49-second span before the third quarter was three minutes old, and after O'Rourke netted his second of the day the Big Red came back with two more in a 34-second span. That made the score 10-3 with nine minutes still to play in the third.

Tim Hlavin got a goal for Penn with 7:36 to play in the third, but Cornell responded with three more goals over the next four minutes.

David Cornbrooks scored his first of the day for Penn with 2:26 still left in the third, but that goal was matched by Cornell's Henry Bartlett before the horn. Then, in the fourth, Cornell unleashed six more goals in the first seven minutes to get to the final score with more than eight minutes left in the game.

In addition to O'Rourke's two goals, Penn was led offensively by Andrzejewski who had three assists.

For Cornell, Pittard finished the day with two goals and five assists, while Mitchell had five goals and an assist. Bartlett had four goals, while Seibald had three scores.

Cornell outshot Penn, 51-36, on the day, and three Penn goalies -- starter Chris Casey, Greg Murray, and Gregory Klossner -- combined for just 10 saves. At the other end, Cornell's Matt McMonagle had nine stops in getting the win.

Penn is now home for its next two games, taking on Dartmouth next Friday at 6 p.m. and then Princeton on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.

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Cornell is as good as any team right now!
    by (#136419) on 3/31/07 @8:58PM
Heck yes! They are so balanced, skilled, and athletic. I don't care if Penn isn't a super team. Very few teams, if ANY, could beat Penn as badly as Cornell just beat them. However, I still think that people won't be completely respecting Cornell until they hoist the championship trophy on Memorial Day. I'm sure the fans and players love it that way, though! It is actually a lot of fun getting no respect.
 
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respect
    by (#143077) on 3/31/07 @10:02PM
I would say they are earning it well enough, wouldn't you? After this year, they'll be respected enough that the could lose to drexel and still be respected, like some other team i know. Haha.
 
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are you kidding
    by (#125413) on 4/09/07 @2:57PM
what good team has cornell played, nobody, they haven't played princeton. virginia could destroy them. i know they lost to drexel but we beat hopkins, carolina, and syracuse.
 
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HELL YEAH
    by (#143077) on 3/31/07 @9:59PM
This is what I've been waiting for, a crushing win. I was upset when they actually lost to Penn last year. But when they come back the next year and destroy them 20-5, ridiculous. My opinion is that this is Cornell's year. They're going into the tournament in the top 4 no matter what, and they'll be there memorial day weekend
 
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Cornell better than Uva!! Never
    by (#162856) on 3/31/07 @10:16PM
Hawk what r you talking about
Uva is proven
cornell has no tradition
 
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could i have some fries with that ignorance?
    by (#148951) on 3/31/07 @10:44PM
cornell has won 3 national titles which is one less than uva, and they have many more hall of famers. way to go.
 
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backed
    by (#143077) on 4/01/07 @1:47AM
backed up punk. There ya go. Go cornell. screw yourself.
 
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no tradition... ?
    by (#99644) on 4/03/07 @11:26PM
good joke. UVA hall of famers = 10........ cornell = 16.
 
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Cornell's success more impressive than UVA's
    by (#136419) on 3/31/07 @11:23PM
Absolutely! Both schools have tradition, and both schools are great. However, UVA is by far the easiest sell for top talent right now, while Cornell is far from one of the top sells for several reasons. If you want to know why, I will tell you. Oh, one reason is that Cornell is Ivy League and they don't offer full scholarships. Take nothing away from Dom Starsia. He does a great job. However, at UVA, being such an easy sell, I think it would be a bigger chore not to win than to win.
 
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scholarships
    by (#142595) on 4/01/07 @2:54AM
scholarships have nothing to do with it, tech the ivy league isnt supposed to give out athletic scholarships, but trust me alot of those guys are on full ride. Theres way around it by giving them academic scholaships, schools make up tons of random ones as a way to be able to grant kids money, its easier to do it that way because most schools have so many many acadmeic scholarships, but not enough money in the athletic deparmtnet
 
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ivy league schools...
    by (#16732) on 4/02/07 @12:17AM
also give out grants.
 
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Ivy vs ACC
    by (#142666) on 4/02/07 @2:07PM
The driving issue here has little to do with available grants or scholarships. Jeff Tambroni cannot get the admissions dept. at Cornell to accept all the kids who really want to play for him. Bill Tierney is now contending with a similar admissions policy at Princeton.

Dom Starsia knows the difference between Ivy and ACC institutions. He had to leave Brown to find a school that would support his recruiting methods.
 
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Why Dom Starsia is recruiting better than ever.
    by (#136419) on 4/02/07 @2:43PM
Take nothing away from Dom. He has always been a great recruiter-IMHO, the best ever. However, it seems like he is recruiting better than ever. I think that one of the reasons is due to the admissions policy at the Ivy League Schools. Remember the great Princeton teams in the late 90's with players like Jesse Hubbard, Chris Massey, Jon Hess, Lorne Smith, and Josh Sims. Had Princetown had that admissions policy back then, at least a few of those players would have gone to UVA. In this day and age, UVA is the easiest sell for top talent, hands-down.
 
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screw you r RWHawks
    by (#162856) on 4/01/07 @5:50PM
Cornell will ge woped if they play UVA
Open your big mouth when Cornell gets a championship
Meanwhile shut the fuck up
 
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Watch out what you say!
    by (#136419) on 4/01/07 @6:41PM
I have been saying that Cornell is not getting respect, and by saying things like that, people are just going to fire them up to proove a point even more.
 
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Will do
    by (#143077) on 4/01/07 @9:52PM
Sure, i can open my mouth when they win a championship. No problems there, cause i won't have to wait too long. Also, i'm having trouble understanding what "woped" means. Next time you decide to respond like that on this website, first, think of how old you are, i'm guessing you're at least ten. And second just remember that you can't physically fight someone through a computer, so whats the use? Moron.
 
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wow....
    by (#12161) on 4/02/07 @12:27PM
I will give you $20 to never post again. You're really making "blue and orange" lacrosse look good.
 
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ok
    by (#143077) on 4/02/07 @7:57PM
send me the $20, and i'll put it towards a trip to the championship game where i watch cornell hoist the trophy in the air. Jackass. Besides, nobody can make blue and orange lacrosse look good.
 
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misunderstood
    by (#12161) on 4/03/07 @6:43AM
That wasn't a shot at you, that was a shot at blueandorange. You're right on, he's a jackass.
 
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my bad
    by (#143077) on 4/03/07 @11:43AM
word.
 
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Tambroni-National Coach Of The Year!
    by (#136419) on 4/01/07 @6:42PM
If Cornell keeps this up and makes a deep run in the tournament, name a coach who would deserve it more than he.
 
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post season target
    by (#5616) on 4/05/07 @1:22AM
please send dave mitchell to philly next winter - big lefty forward is his to have.
 
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(no subject)
    by (#163239) on 4/05/07 @4:51PM
max seibald is my idol
 
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