Big Red blows past Siena

By wbng sports

March 26, 2013 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 3:27 AM EDT

Ithaca, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

Senior Rob Pannell became the eighth Division I lacrosse player to reach 300 career points and Cornell used runs in each of the first three quarters to top Siena 17-9 on Tuesday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red improved to 8-1, while the Saints slipped to 2-7.

Pannell had two goals and three assists and hit the milestone number early in the second quarter to ignite a five-goal run that put the game away. He ended the day with 303 career points, just one point shy of matching Siena's all-time leading scorer, Tony Asterino, for seventh at 304.

Senior Steve Mock notched a team-high four goals and assisted on two others, while senior Connor English had two goals and an assist, Connor Buczek netted a pair of goals and both John Edmonds and Max Van Bourgondien notched a goal and an assist each. Six other players scored at least one point, including senior Jake Thompson who scored his first collegiate goal in the final minute.

The defense was outstanding as the starters played the first three quarters, never surrendering consecutive goals. Tom Freshour caused three turnovers and won five ground balls in front of senior goalkeeper AJ Fiore, who made five saves and surrendered five goals in the first 45 minutes. Doug Tesoriero won 12-of-23 face-offs and secured 10 ground ball wins.

Cornell held decisive advantages in shots (52-32) and ground balls (43-29).

Siena got 13 saves from Matt Sharp, who played the first 53 minutes in goal. Danny Martinsen (two goals, assist) and Nate Barry (goal, two assists) each had three-point afternoons, while Rob Hunter and Conor Prunty each scored twice. Richie Hurley was credited with a pair of assists. Casey Down won 15-of-28 face-offs, though six came in Siena's 7-of-8 finish in the fourth quarter.

A pair of sustained runs did in the Saints in the first half, though the highlight of the first 30 minutes was Pannell's 300th point. The historic score came on a feed to Dan Lintner for a goal with 9:23 left in the second that triggered a 5-0 run, including four consecutive goals over the span of just 2:32. Cornell had scored four goals in the span of just 2:20 earlier in the first quarter to solidly give the home team the advantage.

Siena controlled the pace most of the first quarter, scoring first and getting out to a 2-1 lead more than 10 minutes in. The Big Red closed with a flurry, however, and went into the first break leading 5-2.

The Saints drew blood first in the second quarter, but Cornell put its foot back on the gas and pushed the lead out to 10-3. Colin Clive's goal as the final horn sounded gave the visitors some momentum heading into the half.

After trading goals to open the second half, the Big Red scored the next four to enter the final 15 minute quarter with a 14-5 edge. Both teams substituted liberally in the fourth, as every healthy Cornell player got ont the field and the Saints scored three in a row in the final six minutes to cut a 10-goal deficit back to seven before Thompson cashed in on a fastbreak opportunity with 50 seconds left to close out the scoring as the Big Red bench erupted for the senior's first career point.

Cornell continues Ivy play and closes out its home schedule when it plays host to Dartmouth on Saturday, March 30 at 12 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red will honor its 16 seniors prior to the game against the Big Green.

(Courtesy: Cornell Athletics)

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