Cornell Downs UMBC

Cornell Downs UMBC

Cornell Downs UMBC

Cornell Downs UMBC


The Cornell Big Red (2-1) crushed the UMBC Retreivers (1-2) 16-4 on Saturday at Schoellkopf Field (Cornell, NY) under dark and cloudy skies which more than hinted of rain. Fortunately the weather never got worse than a slight drizzle and the fans never had to break out the rain gear. Leading the way for Cornell offensively was attackman Andy Collins who notched 7 points (4g, 3a) and also recorded his first goal of the season which came off a pass across crease followed by a nice 3 or 4 fake finish to the goal.

As the game got started it was Cornell all the way right from the opening whistle. The game stats tell the same story with Cornell dominating in shots, clears, face-offs, and groundballs. Led by their stingy defense anchored around Pre-Season First Team All-American's Ryan McClay and Justin Cynar, UMBC never got the chances they needed to make this a game. With Cornell coming out of the gates with 4 quick goals in the first period it seemed as if it would take a miracle for UMBC to put something together. UMBC finally answered Cornell's initial first period onslaught with a goal coming at 2:05 into the second off a shot up top from midfielder Scott Steele. Would they make a game out of it? No. Cornell answered right back with a goal of their own from attackman Billy Fort on a feed from behind the cage. Another goal apeice for each team and we were sent into halftime after a rather slow second period. At this point it became clear that the score could be much, much worse for UMBC. Cornell had so many scoring chances that either barely missed the net or were stopped by the outstanding play of UMBC goalie Tim Flanagan. After the short break Cornell came out fast again in the second half just as they had done in the first with an EMO score 20 seconds into the third period digging the hole even deeper for UMBC. This would be the trend for the second half as UMBC was outscored 10-2. Most of Cornell's goals came off settled situations where they just moved the ball around to find the openings. In the fourth quarter it was apparent that UMBC had given up. Outscored 6-0 in the final 15 minutes of the game, they failed to generate any real chances of their own and the Cornell defense just ate up any attack they could put together.

After the clock expired, my general impressions of this game reveal that not only did Cornell play better on Saturday, they were the better team overall. They should be a real contender this season and should give some strong teams runs for their money. With Ivy League rival Princeton already falling to 0-2 this season things are looking bright for the Big Red.

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UMBC has an offense?
    by (#20337) on 3/10/02 @8:07PM
I was at the game this weekend and I agree with the write up totally. Cornell just simply dominated. (I had NO idea Cornell was this good. Look out for these guys.) UMBC could not even penetrate Cornell's defense for any good shots. The score could have been in the 20's for Cornell if they had hit cage on every shot. They had so many chances, it was unbelievable. UMBC was much stronger last year. Cornell's longsticks have great stick skills and are not afraid to juke an attackman on a clear, which they did. UMBC has great speed, but they're missing an effective offense.
 
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DIII
    by (#10532) on 3/10/02 @9:08PM
Hey lax.com do you have any guys who can cover some games like G'burg/W&L or WAC/Naz? What the hell, Cornell VS UMBC, head-lining article? Common; and whoever took those Maryland/Towson pictures might want to invest in a zoom-in lens.
 
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D3
    by (#817) on 3/10/02 @9:58PM
I totally agree that there is not enough coverage or footage of division three. I would have loved to read about the WAC/Naz game! All there ever is to read about is D1 and the MLL give me freakin break!
 
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I hear ya
    by (#16661) on 3/11/02 @11:39AM
Iwould agree too. Div III gets no love from lax.com., nor does div II. Its the same ole same ole. People need to start realizing there is alot of great lacrosse out there to cover. Honestly, kind of just throwing it out there, it would help promote the sport more. As oppose to keeping it confined within the ranks of the top 20 div I schools. Yeah all those schools are nasty. But they are not the only lax talent out there. Its weak that they do not hook up div II, and III coverage as well.
 
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lax dot shmotz
    by (#10068) on 3/11/02 @12:31PM
Who the f gives an s about Cornell/UMBC? Why don't you guys spend the extra bucks, go find a Virginia or Syracuse game so we can read about significant lacrosse. Creston you know what I'm talking about. Moving on, Don't you guys get to stand on the sidelines to take pictures? I think the guy filming the game on the scaffolding was the same guy who took those pictures.
 
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Cornell
    by (#23700) on 3/13/02 @11:58PM
Cornell is good, but are really good? Did you see the their first half against Georgetown? Georgetown out shot them 34-4. But we'll see how they do against other good competition.
 
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