March 18, 2014

No. 3 Cornell Beats Colgate, Off to Best Start Since 2007

from press release

Dan Lintner scored five goals as No. 3 Cornell beat Colgate 15-10 to improve to 7-0, its best start since 2007.

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HAMILTON, N.Y. – The No. 3 Cornell men's lacrosse team jumped out to a 10-4 lead and then held off a late Colgate surge to earn a hard-fought 15-10 victory at Andy Kerr Stadium in Hamilton, N.Y. With the win, the Big Red is 7-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2007 campaign, while the No. 20 Raiders slipped to 6-2 overall.

Dan Lintner finished with five goals, four of which were assisted by Matt Donovan, and handed out one assist for a team-high six points. Donovan also registered one goal to finish with five points, while Connor Buczek tallied four goals, all of which came on stellar individual efforts. Chris Cook was the only other multi-point player for Cornell, with his first goal and first assist of the season. Altogether, nine Big Red players found the scoring column, as John Edmonds, Joe Paoletta, Mike Huttner and Connor Entenmann each added one goal and Marshall Peters tallied one assist. For Huttner and Peters, who teamed up on a man-down tally with 2:38 to play, the points were the first of their collegiate careers.

Colgate was led by Brendon McCann with three goals and one assist, while Ryan Walsh added two goals and one assist. Kevin Adams (two goals), Matt Clarkson (one goal, one assist) and Eric Foote (one goal, one assist) all finished with two points for the Raiders.

Both goalies played well despite tough conditions as a setting sun caused shadows on the field. Cornell freshman Christian Knight posted his third consecutive double-digit save contest with 11 saves, while Raider rookie Brandon Burke stopped 10.

For the first time all season, the Big Red was outshot (32-31), but put more shots on goal than Colgate (25-21). Cornell also won the ground ball battle (32-28) and Doug Tesoriero overcame a slow start in the face-off circle to win 14-of-27 and pick up nine ground balls.

The Big Red's man-up units were also solid, scoring on 2-of-3 extra-man chances, while holding Colgate to a 1-of-6 performance, while also registering the first man-down goal of the season.

Cornell started the game with a bang, scoring a pair of goals quickly off a pair of Raider miscues. Poaletta dodged to goal and took a shot that Burke saved but on the clear attempt, Lintner picked off Burke's pass and scored to make it a 1-0 just 47 seconds into the contest. On the Big Red's next offensive possession, a shot by Buczek was saved, but once again Burke's pass was picked off, this time by Donovan, who converted to make it 2-0 game.

A goal by Entenmann, off a pass from Cook, made it a 3-0 Big Red advantage. The Cornell defense killed off a two-man advantage but McCann finally got the home team on the board when he bulled his way to the goal and scored from close range. Less than two minutes later Clarkson made it a 3-2 game with a blistering shot from the left alley over Knight's right shoulder.

Lintner ended the Raider run with a behind the back goal to end the first quarter and then scored again on the Big Red's first man-up chance of the day early in the second quarter to make it a 5-2 advantage.

Buczek blasted a tough angle shot from the left wing past Burke to make it a 6-2 contest midway through the second quarter but Walsh got one back for the home team when he dodged to the cage and scored from close range with 4:31 to go before the break.

With 32 seconds left in the half, the Big Red earned a 1:00 unreleasable man-up chance. Cornell took a few dodges to cage but when no solid scoring opportunities presented themselves, the visitors ran out the clock and started with the ball in the third quarter.

Cornell cashed in on the man-up with time winding down, scoring before the Raiders returned to full-strength when Lintner scored another behind the back goal off a pass from Donovan.

Buczek stung the pipe for a tally and then used a great individual effort to fight his way to the goal and cashed in to sandwich a pair of goals around a tally from Adams to make it a 9-4 contest.

Cook's first goal of the season gave Cornell its largest lead of the game (10-4), but the Raiders closed the third and opened the fourth with four straight goals to make it 10-8 game with just over 14 minutes to play.

Paoletta ended the Colgate run with a blast from the left wing but Foote responded on Colgate's next possession to make it a two-goal game once more (11-9).

Back-to-back goals by Lintner and Buczek pushed Cornell's lead back to 13-9 with 7:50 to play.

A man-up goal by Walsh marked just the second time all season Cornell had allowed 10 goals, but moments later the Big Red registered its first man-down goal of the season when Peters picked off a pass and streaked upfield before hitting Huttner, who cashed in to make it 14-10.

Edmonds scored with just :08 remaining to account for the 15-10 final.

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