Posted Wednesday, April 04, 2007 by .
ITHACA, N.Y. - The Cornell men's lacrosse team opened a season at 7-0 for the first time since 1987 and avenged its lone Ivy League loss from last season as it rolled to a 20-5 victory this afternoon in front of more than 4,200 fans at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red, who scored more than 20 goals for the first time since the 1998 season, improves to 2-0 in the conference, while the Quakers fall to 4-4 overall and 1-2 in the league.
The Cornell attack led the way for the Big Red as seniors Eric Pittard, David Mitchell and Henry Bartlett combined for 17 points. Pittard registered a game-high seven points with five assists and two goals, and Mitchell led all scorers with five goals and handed out one assist, while Bartlett tallied a career-high four goals. Rounding out the multi-goal scorers were sophomores Max Seibald, with three goals on just three shots, and Rocco Romero with two tallies.
The Quakers were led by Casey O'Rourke's two goals and Craig Andrzejewski's three assists.
In goal, senior Matt McMonagle was solid, saving .643 percent of the shots he faced as he made nine saves and allowed five goals, while Chris Casey gave up 16 goals and made only six saves in 46:27. Greg Klossner and Greg Murray closed out the game for Penn, combining for four saves and four goals in the final 13:33.
Cornell out shot the Quakers, 51-36, and held a 45-31 advantage in ground balls, but Penn held the edge in face offs, winning 16-of-28. The Big Red committed nine penalties on the day, but kept the Quakers 2-of-9 on extra man attempts, while scoring on 1-of-3 of their man up opportunities.
The game stayed tight for the first half, with Penn cracking the scoreboard at the 13:03 mark to take the early 1-0 lead. The Big Red scored the next five goals to close out the first quarter and open the second, but O'Rourke's goal with 10:27 remaining in the second stanza ended the scoring for the half, and the home team took a slight 5-2 advantage into the intermission.
The second half was all Cornell, however, as the Big Red out scored the Quakers 15-3 in the final 30 minutes, including seven unanswered goals to end the game as the team cruised to the 20-5 victory.
The Big Red is back in action next weekend as it plays host to Harvard at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday, April 7 at 1 p.m.