Buckeyes Beat Big Red 15-7

Buckeyes Beat Big Red 15-7

Buckeyes Beat Big Red 15-7

Buckeyes Beat Big Red 15-7

Ohio State proved they were more than just a flash in the pan, unknown, defeating the Cornell Big Red 15-7 in Ithaca Saturday afternoon. The Buckeyes jumped out to an early lead and never looked back. With sharp shooting on offense, and tough, smothering defense, OSU looks like they could be dangerous in May.


ITHACA, NY – Ohio State goaltender Stefan Schroder went the length of the field to score the first goal of the game, and the Buckeyes never looked back, as OSU went on to defeat Cornell 15-7 in a men’s NCAA first round game on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. With the victory, the Buckeyes improve to 11-5 overall and earn a return trip back to Ithaca next weekend to face Duke in the NCAA quarterfinals on Sunday, May 18 on Schoellkopf Field.  

Peet Poillon scored three goals, while Joel Delgarno, Kevin Buchanan and James Green each added two apiece for Ohio State. Schroder made nine saves and allowed five goals, before Brandon Freeman came on in relief and allowed two goals in the final 2:34 of the contest.  

John Glynn led the Big Red with two goals and two assists, while winning 13-of-19 face offs and picking up nine ground balls. Ryan Hurley (two goals, one assist) and Max Seibald (two goals) were the only other multi-point scorers for the team. In goal, Jake Myers, Kyle Harer and Mat Martinez combined to stop seven shots for Cornell, with Harer making five saves and allowing three goals in the final 28:40.  

Cornell held the edge in shots (37-29) and ground balls (31-27) and won 16-of-25 face-offs.  

Schroder got the Buckeyes on the board when the senior goalie made a save and then drove the length of the field to score from just outside the crease. A man-down goal by Chris Friel put the visitors up, 2-0 early in the first quarter.  

Cornell answered with a man-up goal at the 9:58 mark when Espey took the ball on the right side of the cage and fed Glynn up top, who ripped a shot just under the cross bar to make it a 2-1 game.  

Dalgamo pushed the Buckeye lead to 4-1, scoring OSU’s third goal and setting up its fourth. He made it a 3-1 game when he slipped through the Big Red defense and beat Myers down low. Dalgamo set up the next goal when he threaded a perfect cross-crease pass to Jeff Ryan who scored on the back door.  

Poillon sent the visitors into the intermission with a 5-1 lead after taking the ball from behind the net, rolling around the left side of the cage and beating Myers up high at the 2:33 mark.  

The Big Red wasted no time scoring in the start of the second period as Seibald won the face-off, streaked up field and ripped a left handed shot into the upper right hand corner of the goal to make it a 5-2 game.  

Three straight goals by Ricky Pages, James Green and Scott Lathrop made it an 8-2 game with 10:54 left to play in the second quarter, temporarily driving Myers from the contest.  

The first two shots Martinez faced were rockets from Buchanan that found the back of the net, pushing the Buckeye lead to 10-2 and returning Myers to the game with just over five minutes left before half time.  

Green concluded the scoring for the half when he pushed from left to right and beat Myers up high to send OSU into the intermission with an 11-2 lead.  

Friel opened the scoring in the third quarter when he pushed past his man and beat Myers up high to make it a 12-2 game.  

The Big Red forced a turnover on OSU’s next possession and Matt Moyer collected the ground ball and sprinted into the offensive end. Moyer found Hurley, who sent the ball into the lower right hand corner of the goal to end the scoring drought for the Big Red.  

Harer, who entered the game at the 13:40 mark, made back-to-back saves in a one minutes span, giving the Big Red its first saves in over 27 minutes of action, but the shut out did not last as Poillon beat Harer up high to make it a 13-3 game at the 2:21 mark.  

Once again, it was Hurley that ended the Cornell scoring drought as he cut across the mouth of the crease, received a pass from Chris Finn, and buried it in the back of the net to send the Big Red into the final intermission trailing, 13-4.  

Poillon opened the scoring in the fourth quarter, but just one minute later Seibald took a pass from Glynn and ripped a shot from 15-yards out to score a man-up goal, making it a 14-5 game with 10:48 to play in the game.  

Neither team managed to score for over eight minutes before Dalgamo converted on an empty net to push OSU’s lead back to double-digits.  

Cornell managed back-to-back goals in the waning minutes of the game when George Calvert scored his first goal of the season off a pass from Glynn, before Glynn scored off a pass from Hurley to account for the 15-7 final.  

The Big Red finishes the season with an 11-4 overall record.

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Shutting up the pundits...
    by (#28787) on 5/10/08 @11:38PM
I guess anyone who thought Ohio State should have been left out and didn't deserve to be in the tournament can swallow their words. The Buckeyes throughly dominated Cornell from start to finish. The Buckeyes defense was awesome, however they will have their hands full next week. The game next week against Duke will be fun to watch. I still think Duke will win, but it should be a fun, high-scoring game.
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Upset maybe
    by (#185818) on 5/11/08 @1:24AM
I don't know who all watched the Duke game, but if Ohio State plays Duke the same way they played Cornell Ohio State could advance. They were physical, they hustled, and did all the little things to blow Cornell away on the road. And even though when both teams play in Ithaca next week and Duke being the home team, I think it will feel more like a home atmosphere for Ohio also I think Ohio State is more physical than Duke is, because their offense is just as physical as their defense, and even though Duke's defense is aggressive and physical I dont think it'll phase Ohio because they're physical players themselves. Also Ohio's defense is stingy and very body oriented they don't slide stick that much and Zack Greer and Matt Danowski live off of teams not taking the body and Ohio is going to give the body. I personally hate Duke so I'm rooting for Ohio...

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Upset Maybe
    by (#136388) on 5/11/08 @9:23AM
I agree Laxology, if OSU plays with that kind of intensity again next week they will give Duke a hell of a game. OSU shot the lights out, I wonder if they can sustain that kind of percentage - but they will be coming in with nothing to lose and momentum, which is the scenario needed to have any chance of upsetting Duke.
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Dynamic 2's
    by (#198355) on 5/12/08 @9:27AM
Greer/Danowski vs. Delgarno/Buchanan I think by far this could be one of the best offensive shows in the tourney. Ohio State loves to keep the game unsettled while Duke likes to settle up and crush you. Ohio State can win if they can control the crease on the defensive end. The amount of cheap goals Duke scores due to the backside not being in is just stupied. Follow the Hopkins Championship defensive game plan and we could see Duke going back to Durham to stay.
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    by (#117375) on 5/11/08 @10:43PM
did not see this coming
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    by (#198198) on 5/12/08 @2:22PM
upset? this is not an upset..ohio state has been more than solid all year in all areas of the game. ohio states strength and conditioning program is leaps and bounds better than any small east coast school and has proved to be a factor all season. the close d is ridiculously physical, the midfield will run you to death and then some, and buchanan is an animal. duke has not seen a team as disciplined and physical as this all year. i go to osu and went to a couple home games and this is how they have played all year, 100% from the first face to last second on the clock. ohio state is just good at everything we do and we love all you jealous buckeye haters.
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    by (#196296) on 5/12/08 @9:46PM
OSU is good at everything minus winning the big game but if anyone can beat duke it's breschi and osu
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biggest let down this year...
    by (#140423) on 5/14/08 @7:51PM
max seibald
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