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Vedder, #1 Cornell beat Yale

Posted Sunday, March 25, 2007 by .
Ethan had 5 GB's in the win.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The No. 1 Cornell University men's lacrosse team trailed Yale, 2-1, early in the first period, but scored 13 straight goals to blow open the contest en route to a 19-8 victory over the Bulldogs in New Haven, Conn. With the victory, the Big Red improves to 6-0 overall and 1-0 in the Ivy League, while Yale falls to 3-2 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Cornell saw 12 players reach the scoring column with Eric Pittard's five points on four goals and one assist leading the way. David Mitchell tallied three goals, while Brian Clayton registered a four-point day with two goals and two assists. John Glynn scored once and dished off two assists, while Henry Bartlett, Mitch Belisle and Rocco Romero all had multi-point games for the Big Red.

Yale, which scored five goals in the fourth quarter, was led by Tyler Castertano with two goals and two assists, and Brendan Gibson's three goals.

Cornell out shot the Bulldogs 48-36, thanks to a 40-19 margin through the first three quarters, and picked up 42 ground balls to Yale's 19. The Big Red also held the edge in the face off circle, winning 16-of-28. Tommy Schmicker won 10-of-18 attempts, while Glynn put in a 3-of-6 effort.

The game was a physical one as the teams combined for 11 penalties. The Big Red converted 4-of-7 extra-man opportunities, while the Bulldogs scored on only 1-of-4 attempts.

Between the pipes, Matt McMonagle was solid for Cornell, making nine saves, and allowing five of Yale's eight goals in the final quarter after the Big Red had cleared its bench. For the Bulldogs, George Carafides made three saves and allowed nine goals in 21:10, before Joe Costa came on in relief and stopped eight shots, giving up 10 goals.

The Big Red won the opening face off and got an early goal by Mitchell just 21 seconds into the game, but the Bulldogs bit back with goals by Kyle Washabaugh and James Ryan III, to give the home team the 2-1 lead at the 11:26 mark. From there, however, it was all Cornell as the Big Red closed the quarter with goals from Pittard, Mitchell and Glynn to go up 4-2.

Cornell scored 10 times in the second quarter to stretch its run to 13 unanswered goals, building a 14-2 lead before Casertano scored with one second remaining in the half to make it a 14-3 game going into the intermission.

The Big Red outscored Yale, 4-0, in the third quarter with goals from Belisle, the first of his career, Pittard, Clayton and Mitchell to take its largest lead of the game, 18-3.

In the final stanza, the Bulldogs took advantage of the Cornell subs to score five goals, with the Big Red's lone tally of the quarter coming from Mike Corbolotti, who registered the first goal of his career with 4:53 remaining in the contest.

Cornell returns to Ithaca after a month on the road to play host to Penn at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, March 31 at 3 p.m.

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