March 5, 2013

MEN’S LACROSSE | Cornell Wins Again, Advancing Record to 3-0

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This past weekend, the No. 7 men’s Cornell lacrosse team took on No. 11 ranked Colgate, taking home a victory of 19-3 over the Raiders on Saturday afternoon. It was the most lopsided victory for Cornell since the team defeated Canisius, 23-2, during the 1998 season. For the season, the Red moved to 3-0, while the Raiders’ record fell to 3-1 thus far. At the start, the Red came out strong, scoring two goals early in the first quarter before Colgate could even get the ball in the offensive zone. Senior attackman Rob Pannell ended the day with two goals and five assists against a supposedly tough opponent Peter Brown. Throughout the entire bout, there was a collaboration of defensive efforts from senior goalkeeper A.J. Fiore, who had 15 saves and forfeited only two goals for the day, along with All-American senior defenseman Jason Noble, who made many big defensive plays to help keep the Red out on top.The squad also showed tough offense with the help of Pannell along with senior attackmen Steve Mock, senior midfielder Max Van Bourgondien, junior midfielder Mike O’Neil and junior attackmen/midfielder Dan Litner, who also scored for Cornell, leaving the Red with a 45-31 shot advantage over the Raiders.  Despite the slippery weather conditions, Cornell continued to dominate Colgate on the offensive end, making it a score of 8-0 at the end of the first.  Cornell came back fighting with three made goals in the second period, but the Raiders responded with back-to-back goals at the end of the second and the beginning of the third. The Red continued to push, scoring six more goals in the third, completely solidifying the lead. In the third, Colgate scored its final goal, following eight more goals scored by the Red, crushing the competition with a final score of 19-3.   In addition to the win on Saturday, Noble was also named the Ivy League Co-Player of the Week along with Princeton’s Jeff Froccaro. The honor for Noble is the first time that a defensemen has won since Brown’s Peter Fallon  on April 26, 2010. Noble had a standout weekend when he shut down Colgate’s Peter Baum, which ended his 21-game scoring streak. Noble minimized Baum with his shots on goal, only allowing him three, none of which were on goal. Cornell played Canisius College (0-2) last night on the road (more coverage to come) and will face off against No. 8 University of Virginia (4-1) on Saturday to try and keep the team’s undefeated record with more wins.

Original Author: Marissa Velasquez