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Cornell junior Rob Pannell registered six assists and one goal to lead the No. 14 Big Red men's lacrosse team to a 14-7 victory over Canisius this afternoon at Schoellkopf Field. With the victory, Cornell improves to 3-1, while the Golden Griffins remain winless at 0-4.
Pannell was one of 10 Big Red players to find the back of the net, with 11 registering at least one point. Senior Jesse Gamble, who has seen limited playing time due to injuries during his career, tallied a career-high two goals, both of which came on extra-man opportunities as he helped Cornell convert all four of its chances.
Midfielders Jack Dudley, Roy Lang and Mitch McMichael also netted two goals each, setting a new career-high for Dudley and matching career highs for Lang and McMichael.
Attackmen Scott Austin and Cody Bremner and midfielders Chris Langton, Mike O'Neil and JJ Gilbane rounded out the scoring with one goal apiece. Matt Taylor chipped in one assist.
Canisius was led by Simon Gioumetakis with two goals and one assist, while Nick LoCoco added two goals and Jimmy Haney had one goal and one assist. Brendan O'Hagan and Travis Gibbons also scored for the Griffs, while Greg Michael and Mike Albert chipped in assists.
In goal, AJ Fiore earned the win after making three saves and allowing four goals in 45 minutes before Andrew West came on in relief and made two saves and allowed three goals in the final 15 minutes. Canisius starter Sean Callahan earned the loss after allowing 10 goals and making six saves in 38:08. Kyle Bell finished the game with four goals and four saves.
Cornell held the edge in shots (39-20) and ground balls (31-26). Despite incredibly windy conditions, the Big Red cleared the ball safely 16-of-19 times, while Canisius was successful on 14-of-23 tries.
Face-offs were an even 12-of-24, with McMichael posting a 7-of-14 performance and Doug Tesoriero winning 5-of-8 tries for the Big Red. The Griffs' Justin Mederer won 8-of-17 while long-stick defender Drew Caldiero was a perfect 2-of-2.
For the first time all season, an opponent got on the board first as O'Hagan picked up a loose ball off a Fiore save and scored just 34 seconds into the contest.
The Big Red responded almost immediately as Pannell took the ball from behind the cage, rolled up top and rifled a low shot home to knot the game at 1-1. Less than a minute later, Dudley registered an unassisted goal to give Cornell the advantage, but LoCoco got the equalizer when a missed slide left him all alone on the crease.
Cornell scored the next six goals to build a substantial 8-2 lead at the 12:30 mark of the third quarter.
The run began with a goal by Lang that was initial saved, but had been shot with such force that it rolled off Callahan and landed in the goal. The ensuing stick-check found that LoCoco had an illegal crosse and the Big Red earned a three-minute unreleasable opportunity. McMichael rifled home back-to-back goals, the first off a pass from Taylor and the next off a pass from Pannell, to make it a 5-2 lead before the advantage expired. Goals by Dudley and Gamble, both assisted by Pannell, and an unassisted tally by Lang ended the run.
The teams traded goals before an unassisted score from O'Neil pushed the Big Red's lead to seven, but a pretty cross-crease feed from Michael to LoCoco made it a 10-4 game at the 4:38 mark.
Cornell responded with four unanswered goals to push its lead to 14-4 in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter but Canisius closed the game with three straight tallies to account for the 14-7 final.