February 28, 2012

Pannell's Career-High 10 Points Carry Cornell

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. -- The Cornell men's lacrosse team needed to wait an extra three days to play its first game of the season, and apparently senior Rob Pannell bottled up all that energy. The reigning national player of the year exploded for a career-high 10 points and led No. 3/7 Cornell to a 17-12 shootout victory over Binghamton on Tuesday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.

Pannell scored a career-high six goals and assisted on four others, surpassing the nine points he scored in a game against Dartmouth last season. His previous career high for goals was four, a mark he reached four times. In the process, Pannell extended his national-leading point scoring streak to 53 games, boosted his goal scoring streak to 18 contests and became the sixth Big Red player to reach 100 career goals. He ended the night with 102. Pannell also moved within 10 points of matching Eamon McEneaney '77 for second on the school's career scoring list, ending the season opener with 246 points.

While Pannell scored early and often, he also scored quickly. The senior netted a pair of goals in the span of six seconds late in the first quarter, the fastest a player has scored consecutive goals in program history. Ryan Hurley netted a pair of goals in the span of seven seconds against Canisius in 2008.

Cornell extended its streak of wins in the home opener to 14, but it didn't come easy. The Bearcats led as late as the final five minutes of the third quarter, and only a 6-0 Big Red run spanning more than 13 minutes of the third and fourth separated the teams.

Pannell wasn't a one-man show in the team win, as Steve Mock scored four times, Connor English netted two goals and both Matt Donovan and Max Van Bourgondien each were credited with a goal and an assist defensively. Doug Tesoriero won 17-of-27 face-offs after the Big Red got off to a slow start in the x, inclusing winning nine ground balls himself. Jason Noble chipped in five ground balls and had one of five Big Red caused turnovers defensively.

The Big Red used three goalkeepers in the win, as the group combined for 13 saves. Brian O'Donnell got the start and made seven saves while surrendering 10 goals in 40:49 before giving way to AJ Fiore, who made one stop in picking up the win for his 4:11 played. Andrew West played the fourth quarter and made five saves while allowing two goals.

Tyler Perrelle had an outstanding game for the Bearcats, tallying three goals and three assists for six points. Michael Antinozzi chipped in with four scored and Brandon Planck had two goals and an assist. John Clark also scored twice. Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Ben Waldron caused three turnovers and was also credited with an assist to lead the defense. Jordan Marra got the start between the pipes, but was pulled early in the second quarter in favor of Colin Nesdale, who made 12 saves and allowed 12 goals. He was peppered with 42 shots in his nearly three quarters of action.

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