May 3, 2013

Princeton Stuns Cornell on Orban's OT Snipe

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Kip Orban scored on a feed from Mike MacDonald with 1:19 left in overtime, leading Princeton to a 14-13 victory on Friday night at Schoellkopf Field in the semifinals of the Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Tournament.

The teams traded 12 goals in a wild fourth quarter before the fourth-seeded Tigers advanced to Sunday's championship game at 11 a.m. Sunday against second-seeded Yale at Schoellkopf Field. Mike MacDonald had seven goals and two assists to lead Princeton (9-5), while Max Van Bourgondien had three goals and two assists for top-seeded Cornell (12-3). Tewaaraton Trophy candidate Rob Pannell had two goals and three assists, giving him 14 points against the Tigers in less than a week.

"That was a very disappointing loss for our team," said Ben DeLuca, the Richard M. Moran Head Coach of Cornell. "But I think the fans got their money's worth, because that was a pretty exciting game. It was pretty sloppy on our end and the bottom line is we just made too many mistakes. So that is disappointing. I think our preparation was good and we executed well at times, but just not consistently enough."

Princeton and Cornell entered the frenzied fourth quarter tied at 7 with neither team holding a two-goal lead since early in the second. The Tigers seemingly took control of the game with consecutive goals 12 seconds apart, putting the visitors up 12-10 with 3:45 left.

But that was just the start of the excitement. Cornell called a timeout to regroup, and Pannell scored just 10 seconds later to get back within one, and Van Bourgondien tied it just 41 seconds later.

Another 17 seconds later, Princeton had the lead back. A broken play after causing a turnover on the face-off led to a run-out goal by MacDonald, his seventh of the day. That wouldn't deflate Cornell, as Doug Tesoriero won the next face-off, and a patented Steve Mock goal from the stick of Pannell tied it up with 1:41 left. Tesoriero won 21 of 30 face-offs on the night, including 11 of 13 in the fourth quarter.

Both teams had chances in the final two minutes, with the Tigers ringing one off the pipe as time expired to send the teams into sudden victory, setting up Orban's heroics.

Cornell had plenty going for it on a night where things never seemed to totally click. The home team still held decisive edges in shots (49-30), ground balls (41-28), and face-offs (21-9), with Tesoriero dominating at the 'X'.

Schreiber had a goal and four assists and Orban ended the night with three goals and four total points for Princeton. Mock had three goals and an assist, and Matt Donovan also netted three goals.

The Big Red led 4-3 after the opening quarter, with the first five goals coming in the opening six minutes. Cornell's only two-goal lead of the contest came 1:48 into the second quarter on an unassisted goal by Connor Buczek. Princeton countered with Jake Froccaro's goal from Schreiber at 5:31 to make it 5-4, then Kip Orban tied the game at 7:10 with an unassisted strike.

Cornell looked like it might take the lead into halftime with Mock's second goal of the night. Jason Noble started the play with a one-handed snare of an attempted pass behind the Cornell cage. The Big Red was off to the races, with Thomas Keith setting up Mock for a goal with 2:06 left before the half.

But Princeton retaliated a minute later with Froccaro's solo dash up the middle resulting in a goal just inside the far post, tying the game at 6 with just over a minute remaining before the half.

Princeton goalie Eric Sanschagrin started off the second half with a pair of saves on Pannell before MacDonald a 7-6 lead on his third goal of the night. With the offensive flow slowing down dramatically, the Big Red pounced on a turnover with Matt Schattner speeding away before dishing off to Pannell. He found some space with a stutter-step, then score with a low shot to tie the game at 7 after three quarters to set up the wild finish.

Sunday's championship game between Yale and Princeton will be televised on ESPNU. Cornell is still in the running for an at-large bid for the NCAA tournament. The 16-team field will be revealed at 9 p.m. Sunday.

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