March 13, 2009

Cornell Heads South to Take On No. 13 Duke

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After almost two years, the men’s lacrosse team will get a chance to avenge its season-ending, 12-11 loss to Duke in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The Red will travel to Durham, N.C., to take on the No. 13 Blue Devils at Koskinen Stadium on Tuesday.
This will be the Red’s second trip to the South to take on a big-name opponent — it fell to No. 1 Virginia, 14-10, on Sunday.
Freshman attackman Rob Pannell leads the Red with 19 points on the season. Junior attackman Ryan Hurley and senior midfielder Max Seibald round out the top scorers with 16 and 10 points, respectively.
Duke is coming off a brutal stretch of four games in eight days, and plays North Carolina on Saturday before facing off against the Red on Tuesday. Ten Blue Devils recorded points in their last game, a 14-6 thumping of Yale.
Regardless of the opponent, the players always enjoy their Spring Break trip.
“It’s a great chance to grow because we don’t have to focus on school, we can focus on lacrosse and focus on getting to know one another,” Seibald said.
Head coach Jeff Tambroni echoed the sentiments, calling the Spring Break trip an annual turning point for the squad.
“This is when we usually start to develop as a team,” he said. “Not necessarily X’s and O’s but starting to come together as a family and starting to really play for each other.”[img_assist|nid=36047|title=At bay|desc=Senior defenseman Matt Moyer has been successful in shutting down opponents’ top scorers so far this season.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]