Overtime Goal Lifts No. 1 Virginia Over No. 3 Cornell At Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic

Overtime Goal Lifts No. 1 Virginia Over No. 3 Cornell At Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic

Overtime Goal Lifts No. 1 Virginia Over No. 3 Cornell At Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic

Overtime Goal Lifts No. 1 Virginia Over No. 3 Cornell At Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic

BALTIMORE, MD. -- Cornell rallied for a three-goal deficit in the fourth quarter to tie it up with 28 seconds to play, but Virginia struck in the overtime to send the top-ranked Cavaliers to a 9-8 victory on Saturday afternoon at M&T Bank Stadium in the 2012 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic.

Cornell dropped to 3-1, while the Cavaliers improved to 7-0.

Trailing 8-5 late in the fourth, Virginia transfer Connor English spearheaded a late rally. The junior scored consecutive goals in the span of 21 seconds, then Max Van Bourgondien redirected a saved shot into the goal with less than 30 seconds remaining to send the game into an extra session.

Both teams had opportunities in the first two minutes of overtime before reigning Tewaaraton Trophy winner Steele Stanwick found Colin Briggs on the doorstep for the victory 2:25 into the four-minute sudden victory period.

English and Steve Mock each scored two goals, while Van Vourgondien was credited with a goal and an assist. Andrew West made nines saves between the pipes. Doug Tesoriero won 10-of-18 face-offs for Cornell.

The Big Red held advantages in ground balls (30-27) and narrow edges in face-offs (11-10). Virginia out-shot Cornell 38-35 and held the home team on the scoreboard scoreless in both the first and third quarters.

Briggs ended the day with two goals and two assists, while Stanwick had a goal and three helpers. Rob Emery and Mark Cockerton each scored twice for the Virginia offense, Rob Fortunato improved to 7-0 on the season by making nine saves,

Cornell, playing without reigning national player of the year Rob Pannell, struggled for stretches to find the goal despite using a patient and methodical offense against the Cavaliers' zone. Cornell controlled possession and outshot the Cavaliers 9-5 in the first quarter, but the Big Red still trailed 1-0 at the end of one and 2-0 20:37 into the contest before finally getting on the board. Scott Austin found Roy Lang for a rocket that crashed the net, getting the Big Red back within 2-1.

Cornell evened it up after a Cavaliers penalty, working it around and ending the possession when Donovan hit Mock with a sharp pass and the junior cashed in. After winning the face-off, JJ Gilbane scored on a nifty feed from Max Van Bourgondien to give the team its first lead with 6:49 left before the half.

As Virginia fans have witnessed many times, Stanwick hit Bocklet for a goal to knot it up just 12 seconds later, and after winning its second straight face-off, the Cavaliers regained the lead. Cockerton converted a feed from Briggs to make it 4-3 Virginia, but Cornell battled back again and tied it when Mock scored his second man0up goal of the quarter with just over two minutes remaining to even the score at 4-4 heading into the half.

Just when the Big Red offense looked as though it had gotten back on track, Virginia turned it up a notch. Cornell turned the ball over four times in the period as the Cavaliers opened up a three-goal lead (7-4), with the Big Red's only two shots on goal being saved by Fortunato.

After the two teams traded goals early in the fourth to make it 8-5, it started to look gloomy for the Big Red, but that's when English took over. The former Cavalier got Cornell back in the game, answering Steele Stanwick's score with one of his own 16 seconds after the senior seized momentum for the Hoos. He answered right back 21 seconds later, and all of a sudden, it was 8-7. Cornell got a big defensive stop to set up the game-tying goal, which Van Bourgondien picked out of the air and returned to an open goal. Virginia won the ensuing face-off and had three shots to take the win in regulation, including a great take by Stanwick that West played a perfect angle on and got a piece of the ball with his knee to force the sudden victory session.

Both teams had opportunities in the overtime, but a turnover in the Big Red offensive zone led to an unsettled situation, and Stanwick's pass at the crease to Briggs was perfectly placed for the quick-stick goal.

Cornell will open Ivy League play when it meets Yale on Saturday, March 17 at 1 p.m. when the two teams face-off on Schoellkopf Field.

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