Top-ranked Cornell blasts Dartmouth, 17-3
April 14, 2007
from press releases
Photo: Robert Orgudek (File Photo)
Hanover, NH - The Cornell University men’s lacrosse team used scoring runs of 8-0 and 7-0 as it dismantled Dartmouth, 17-3, this afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. With the win, Cornell’s 10th straight victory over the Big Green, the top-ranked Big Red remain perfect on the season, improving to 10-0 (4-0 Ivy), while the Big Green slip to 4-5 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Cornell saw 11 players crack the point column, led by senior David Mitchell’s six points (5g, 1a), while classmate Eric Pittard chipped in four points (3g, 1a). Junior John Glynn added one goal and two assists and sophomore Max Seibald matched Glynn’s point production with three assists on the afternoon. Senior Henry Bartlett and junior John Espey notched two goals each, while sophomore Chris Finn and freshman Ryan Hurley turned in multipoint performances with one goal and one assist apiece. Senior Casey Lewis and sophomore Rocco Romero each scored once, while sophomore defender Matt Moyer chipped in one assist.
Dartmouth got one goal and one assist each from Brian Koch and Josh Gillam, who led the Big Green with two points, while Will Boardman and Nick Bonacci accounted for one goal and one assist, respectively.
The Big Red dominated in shots, 46-29, and ground balls, picking up 45 to Dartmouth’s 28. Cornell also won an impressive 18-of-24 face-offs, thanks to sophomore Tommy Schmicker’s 15-of-19 performance in the circle.
Schmicker also led the team with a game-high nine ground balls.
In cage, senior Matt McMonagle had an outstanding outing, earning the 40th victory of his career as he stopped 11 shots and allowed only three goals.
For Dartmouth, Michael Novosel allowed 15 goals and made12 saves in 53 minutes before Pat Marshall came on in relief and allowed two goals without making a save.
Both teams’ man-down defensive units did a solid job, with Cornell going 0-for-1 on its man-up opportunity and holding the Big Green to 1-of-7 on its chances.
The Big Green got on the board first as Koch registered a man-up goal off a pass from Gillam to make it 1-0 at the 13:29 mark. Just over one minute later, however, Glynn took a pass from Seibald and cracked the scoreboard for Cornell to tie the game 1-1.
Neither team would score for the next seven minutes, but then the flood gates opened as the Big Red scored five goals in the final 4:22 of the opening quarter as it went on the decisive 8-0 scoring run.
Mitchell broke open the 1-1 game when he slid to the middle of the field, directly in front of the crease and took a pass from Seibald, who found Mitchell despite being double teamed, and ripped it into the back of the net from point blank range.
Cornell quickly upped its advantage to 5-1 thanks to Pittard, who scored the Big Red’s next three goals in a span of one minute and 43 seconds.
Lewis scored the final goal of the first quarter as he drove to the cage and beat Novosel up high to make it 6-1 with just 42 seconds showing on the clock.
Back-to-back goals by Espey to open the second quarter gave Cornell the overwhelming 8-1 lead at the 9:34 mark.
Gillam and Koch hooked up again to end the Big Red scoring run, this time with Gillam finding the back of the net off a pas from Koch, to make it
8-2 at the 6:17 mark, but it took the Big Red just 30 seconds to start its second long scoring run of the game as Mitchell scored a rare man-down goal to make it 9-2.
Another long scoring drought ensued before Lewis’ shot found the post and Bartlett picked up the rebound and buried it in the back of the net to make it 10-2 going into half time.
Cornell shut out the Big Green in the third quarter, as it extended its lead to 15-2. The Big Red opened the action in the third with back-to-back goals from Mitchell, both of which came as low, hard shots from about 10-yards out. Seibald was credited with the assist on the first, while Glynn assisted on the second.
Bartlett pushed the score to 13-2 as he cut to the middle of the field, caught a pass from Glynn on the run, whirled and fired it into the back of the net with 3:32 remaining in the quarter.
Just over one minute later, Finn registered his first point of the game as he took a cross-crease pass from Pittard and scored to make it 14-2.
A Dartmouth turnover led to Cornell’s final goal of the third quarter as the Big Red quickly pushed the ball up-field to Mitchell, who scored easily on the other end to make it 15-3 with 1:02 remaining.
The fourth quarter saw wholesale substitutions for the Big Red and Dartmouth got its final goal of the game mid-way through the fourth as Boardman rolled around the cage and scored from just outside the crease to make it 15-3. Bonacci was credited with the assist.
Cornell, however, notched the final two goals of the contest, with the first coming from Romero from 15-yards out with 3:27 to play, while Hurley tallied the first goal of his career just over one minute later to account for the 17-3 final.
The Big Red returns to Schoellkopf Field for a crucial Ivy League match-up with No. 5 Princeton on Saturday, April 21 at 3 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on CSTV, channel 424 on Time Warner Cable in Ithaca. Check local listings for details.