March 1, 2011

Hot Start Lifts No. 6 Cornell Over Binghamton

from press release

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The No. 6 Cornell men's lacrosse team scored early and often, jumping out to a 13-0 lead at half time en route to a 13-4 victory over Binghamton at the Bearcats Sports Complex in Vestal, N.Y. Rob Pannell registered three goals and five assists and 13 different players registered at least one point as every healthy Big Red player saw field time in the victory. With the win, Cornell improves to 2-0, while the Bearcats fall to 0-3.

For Pannell, the eight points match a career-high, which he originally set last season against Harvard. The only other multi-point scorers on the day were midfielders David Lau (goal, assist) and Chris Langton (goal, assist) and defenseman Mike Bronzino (two assist).

The Big Red should tremendous offensive balance, getting goals from midfielders Jack Dudley, Roy Lang, JJ GIlbane, Mike O'Neil, Mitch McMichael and Dan Lintner, while attackman Steve Mock and defenseman Jason Noble, also found the back of the net. Attackman Scott Austin also added an assist.

All three Cornell goalies saw action with AJ Fiore making three saves and allowing no goals in 34:16, before Andrew West tallied five saves and allowed two goals in 21:11. Brian West closed out the game, playing the final 4:33 and allowing two goals.

Cornell dominated the face-off circle, winning 13-of-19, including 12-of-15 in the first half of play to build its commanding lead. McMichael finished the day a perfect 8-for-8, while Doug Tesoriero went 3-for-6. The Big Red also played well in man-up and man-down situations, converted 2-of-3 man-up chances while holding Binghamton scoreless on its one opportunity.

An intense sun caused some trouble in the clearing game and both teams finished the night going 11-for-14.

Binghamton was led by Brandon Planck with two goals, both of which came in the final 1:25 of action, while Frank Donlon and Michael Antinozzi added one goal each. Matt Springer added one assist.

In goal for the Bearcats, Jordan Marra picked up the loss, making six saves and allowing seven Cornell goals in just under 13 minutes of action, before Kraig Heston came on in relief and stopped six shots and allowed six goals.

Pannell had a hand in five of Cornell's eight first period goals, including the Big Red's first goal of the game when he scored off a pass from Lau, who had picked up a loose ball off a save and found Pannell on the crease.

Bronzino continued his stellar play in the offensive end, as he picked up a ground ball on Cornell's ensuing face-off, streaked up field and found McMichael, who buried a low shot from 10 yards out.

The next two goals came just over one minute apart and both were set up by Pannell, who first found Gilbane and then Lau on the crease to make it a 4-0 game at the 10:33 mark.

A save by Marra on Cornell's next possession gave the Bearcats its first offensive possession of the game with 7:34 to play in the first period, but the Big Red forced a turnover and converted on the other end when Lang ran through the BU defense and scored from point-blank range.

Pannell accounted for Cornell's next two goals, first setting up Dudley and then scoring an unassisted man-up goal in an unsettled situation after the Big Red forced a turnover deep in the Binghamton defensive zone.

A 15-yard bomb from Langton with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter concluded the scoring and sent Cornell into the first break with the 8-0 lead.

It took more than four minutes for the Big Red to score its first goal of the second quarter, but scored twice more in a span of 30 seconds to put Cornell up, 11-0, at the 11:20 mark. During the run, the Big Red got a goal from O'Neill (from Langton), Noble (from Pannell) and Pannell (from Bronzino).

Litner got his first career goal with 9:40 to play in the second period and just over one minute later, Fiore made his first save of the afternoon.

With second and third line players littering the field for the Big Red, it was nearly eight minutes before Cornell scored again, as the starting man-up offense returned to the field and Mock scored on a feed from Pannell.

Binghamton opened the third period with a man-up opportunity, but a pair of great saves in the first 43 seconds by Fiore kept the Bearcats off the board.

Binghamton finally found the back of the net with a pair of goals one-minute apart from Donlon and Antinozzi, making it a 13-2 game with 9:30 to play in the quarter.

West turned away the next three Bearcat shots, including a brilliant save with just less than three minutes showing on the clock to send the ball back into the Big Red's offensive end. A slashing penalty gave Cornell its third man-up chance of the day, but for the first time, the visitors could not convert and the 13-2 score held heading into the final intermission.

Brandon Plank scored back-to-back goals in a span of 30 seconds with less than two minutes to play to account for the 13-4 final.

The Big Red is back in action this weekend as it travels to West Point, N.Y., to face No. 19/20 Army at Michie Stadium on Saturday, March 5 at noon.

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