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Feely's First Career Goal In Third OT Advances Men's Lax Past Loyola In NCAA Tourney
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Junior Max Feely picked an opportune time to score his first career goal, as the All-Ivy defender took the ball coast-to-coast for a clear before depositing a shot past the Loyola goalkeeper 1:55 into the third overtime to give Cornell an 11-10 victory on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The win advances the seventh-seeded Big Red into an NCAA quarterfinal contest next Sunday at Stony Brook against the winner of tomorrow's contest between No. 2 Syracuse and No. 16 Army. Cornell improves to 11-5, while the Greyhounds ended their season at 9-5.
Feely's goal ended the longest NCAA tournament contest in both school’s history and the longest game on record in Loyola's storied lacrosse program. Cornell last went into a third overtime against Yale in 1996, falling to the Bulldogs 11-10.
Freshman goalkeeper AJ Fiore was outstanding in his first career NCAA tournament contest, making 15 saves and intercepting a pass in the second overtime to end a Loyola possession. He also added four ground balls. Offensively, Steve Mock had three goals, Rob Pannell had two goals and two assists and David Lau had a goal and two assists. Both Chris Langton and Ryan Hurley scored twice.
The game was a tale of two halves and after Cornell dominated the first 30 minutes and took a 9-2 lead early in the third quarter, the Greyhounds came roaring back to tie the game at 10-10 with just seven seconds to play in regulation and send the game into overtime. The tie was just the second of the game, and the first since it was 2-2 with 4:21 to play in the opening quarter.
The visitors did most of the damage at the face-off "x", winning 12-of-15 restarts in the second half and overtime after Cornell won 8-of-12 in the first half. Davis Butts, Collin Finnerty and Josh Hawkins each had two goals, while Stephen Murray and Matt Langan posted a goal and an assist. Alex Peaty came off the bench to help shut down the Cornell offense, allowing just three goals while making eight saves in his 45:15 in net after replacing Jake Hagelin (eight goals allowed, two saves). John Schiavone took every face-off for the visitors, going 16-of-27 with seven ground ball wins.
The game began as a tense defensive battle with several caused turnovers dominating the opening minutes before Langton got the Big Red on the board with a brilliant shot on the run at the 10:35 mark. Just over one minute later, Mock made a two-goal game when he took a feed from Pannell on the doorstep and beat Hagelin with a bounce shot.
A Big Red turnover led to a transition goal from Hawkins to get the visitors on the board and Eric Lusby knotted the game at 2-2 on a perfectly placed shot that beat Fiore up high with 4:21 to play in the quarter.
Cornell won the restart and wasted little time in regaining the lead when Mock converted again from close range off a pass from Roy Lang.
The teams battled back and forth as time ran down in the opening stanza when a Cooper MacDonnell shot was backed up by Mike Bronzino to give the Big Red possession for the final minute. Cornell took the clock down to 17 seconds before Pannell took a pass from Chris Ritchie and scored on a low-to-high shot to put the Big Red up, 4-2, at the end of the first stanza.
Hurley extended the lead at the 12:53 mark of the second quarter with a historic goal, as he became just the second player in Cornell history to register 40 goals in three straight seasons, joining Mike French ‘76. The goal was set up by David Lau, who got the assist thanks to a brilliant cross-crease feed. Austin Boykin won the restart and 45 seconds later Langton scored again off a pass from Ross Gillum.
The Cornell run continued with a pair of long-range goals from Lau and Pannell, with Pannell’s coming during a man-up opportunity, to stretch the lead to 8-2 and chase Hagelin from the contest.
In what might have been foreshadowing for the rest of the contest, Peaty was solid over the final seven minutes of the second quarter, making three saves to stop the Big Red run, but Cornell went into halftime with a comfortable 8-2 lead.
The Big Red opened the third period with a man-up goal from Mock, off a pass from Lau, to push its advantage to 9-2, but from there Loyola began to win face-offs and the game began to turn.
The Greyhound run began when Hawkins ended a 25:25 scoring drought with a rocket of a shot from 15 yards out to make it a 9-3 game with just under nine minutes to play in the third quarter. The next three minutes were played at a frenzied pace by both teams and the end-to-end action eventually resulted in a Greyhound goal from Finnerty, who scored from point-blank range.
Loyola won the restart and Ebsary made it a four-goal game when his shot was saved by Fiore, but had just enough mustard on it to trickle over the goal line. The Greyhounds next goal was the result of a loose ball in front of the net, which Butts knocked into the goal as he was attempting to scoop it off the turf.
Finnerty’s second goal of the game ended the scoring in the third quarter and sent the teams into the final stanza with Cornell holding onto the slim 9-7 lead.
After a frenetic five minutes of play to open the fourth quarter, Butts scored on a brilliant individual effort to pull the visitors within one, but Pannell found Hurley camped on the doorstep and the senior attackman made it a 10-8 contest with 7:21 to play.
Cornell won the ensuing face-off, but a save by Peaty sent the ball the other way. Not to be undone, Fiore responded with brilliant back-to-back saves, but was eventually beaten by Matt Langen to make it a one-goal game with 4:41 to play.
Loyola gained possession on the next fact-off, but a Fiore save gave Cornell the ball with under three showing on the clock. The Big Red took the clock down to 1:40 before Steve Dircks caused a turnover to give the visitors possession with 1:37 to go.
The Greyhounds got the ball into their offensive end and called a timeout with 1:22 showing on the clock but a save by Fiore with 50 seconds to play gave the home team the ball for a few seconds before a turnover on the clear returned the ball to Loyola.
The visitors ripped off two high shots in a span of 35 seconds before MacDonnell found Stephan Murray just outside the crease to tie the game at 10-10 with seven ticks left on the clock.
Loyola started the first overtime with the ball as it won the face-off, but a great save by Fiore gave the Big Red a chance to end the game. Cornell worked the ball around its offense for more than a minute but didn’t have a good chance to score before Kyle Cottrell forced a turnover and gave the ball back to the visitors. An amazing defensive effort by the Big Red shut down Loyola’s chances and the game headed into the second overtime.
Once again, Loyola opened the period with the ball as it won the face-off but Fiore caused a turnover when he streaked out of the goal and picked off a Loyola pass along the baseline with 2:52 showing on the clock. The Big Red cleared the ball but a save from Peaty gave the ball back to Loyola with under two minutes to play. The teams traded possessions after that, and Loyola got the ball back, but once again, solid defense was the story and a last second desperation shot by Ebsary sailed high.
Boykin ended a Loyola’s face-off winning streak, which had dated back to 7:21 in the fourth quarter, but a shot by Hurley was saved by Peaty and once again, Loyola regained possession with a chance to win. With just over two minutes gone in the third overtime period, MacDonnell worked free to take a shot, but the ball was blocked before it had a chance to get to Fiore and Lang picked up the loose ball and found Feely streaking up the sideline.
Seven seconds later, Feely ended the contest and Cornell started its celebration.
Photos by Rich Barnes.
|Rob Pannell||(2, 2)|
|David Lau||(1, 2)|
|Steve Mock||(3, 0)|
|Chris Langton||(2, 0)|
|Ryan Hurley||(2, 0)|
|Max Feely||(1, 0)|
|Christopher Ritchie||(0, 1)|
|Roy Lang||(0, 1)|
|Jack Dudley||(0, 1)|
|Aj Fiore||15 (0.600)|