April 19, 2014

Cornell Explodes in Third to Top Brown, Halt Streak

from Press Release

ITHACA, N.Y. – The Big Red offense exploded in the third quarter, while the defense held Brown scoreless for nearly 20 minutes of play spanning half time, as the No. 12 Cornell men's lacrosse team earned a 14-9 victory on Senior Day. With the win, the Big Red improves to 10-3 overall and remains in a tie with Harvard atop the Ivy League standings with a record of 4-1 in the conference.

Adding to the Senior Day celebration was pair of seniors – Doug Tesoriero and Dan Lintner – that reached personal milestones. Tesoriero picked up 11 ground balls to become just the second player in Cornell history to record 100 ground balls in back-to-back seasons, while Lintner finished the day with his ninth hat trick of the year to become the 27th player in Big Red history to score 40 goals in a season.

Junior Matt Donovan led the offense with four goals and two assists, while Lintner added an assist to finish with four points on the day. Sophomore John Edmonds tallied his fifth hat trick of the season and junior John Hogan handed out four assists. Senior Connor Entenmann was the only other Big Red player to register multiple points with one goal and one assist.

Tesoriero won 15-of-22 face-offs to help the Big Red control the offense, and on the defensive end freshman Christian Knight made 11 saves, including 10 in the crucial first half when Cornell posted 13 turnovers.

"I think we did a really good job battling in the second half," said interim head coach Matt Kerwick. "It was not one of the prettier games I've been involved in, but Christian [Knight] really bailed us out. Our long poles also played excellent today and then our offense picked up in the second half. Our third quarters haven't been great, so we harped on that at halftime and that was one of the best third quarters we've had all season."

Dylan Molloy was the only Brown player to register more than one point, as 10 visitors found the score column. Molloy scored the Bears' first three goals of the contest and added an assist to finish with four points on the day.

The Bears' leading scorer on the season, Sam Hurster, was held to just one goal thanks to the outstanding defensive play of Jordan Stevens.

Stevens was one of four Big Red defenders to register at least two caused turnovers, with Connor Hunt leading the charge with a career-high five overall.

Brown netminder Jack Kelly made 11 saves and allowed all 14 goals in 55:29 of action before Will Round saved both shots he faced.

Cornell held the edge in shots (45-36) and dominated ground ball play (49-33). Both teams had 17 turnovers and four failed clears apiece. The Big Red scored on its only man-up chance of the game and held Brown scoreless on two chances.

Brown got on the board first when Molloy slipped his man and scored on the doorstep, but Tesoriero won the ensuing face-off and fed Donovan to answer just six seconds later and make it a 1-1 contest at the 10:17 mark.

The goal by Donovan opened a 4-0 run by the home team, with Chris Cook blistering shot over Kelly's offside hip makes it 2-1 before Hogan found Edmonds on the crease to close the first quarter. The Big Red then scored the lone man-up goal of the day when Lintner took a pass from Hogan and blasted a 10-yard shot past Kelly.

Molloy ended the Cornell run on the Bears' next possession to make it 4-2, but Lintner tallied his 40th goal of the season and sent the Big Red into half time with the three-goal lead.

Tesoriero won the opening face-off to begin the third quarter, picking up his 100th ground ball of the season in the process.

A heads-up play by Joe Paoletta extended Cornell's lead to four goals when he picked off a pass deep in the Brown defensive end and scored. Just over one minute later, another broken play led to a Big Red tally when Lintner came up with the ball out of a scrum and flipped it to Entenmann, who scored on an empty net to make it a 7-2 game.

Cornell concluded another four-goal run when a shot by Connor Buczek was saved by Kelly, but Sean Doyle picked up the rebound and buried it to make it 8-2 midway through the third period.

Molloy ended a 19:38 scoreless drought for the Bears, and registered his final goal of the day, but back-to-back goals from Donovan sent the Big Red into the final break with the 10-3 lead.

Kylor Bellistri scored in transition off a Cornell turnover to open the fourth quarter, but Cornell answered back when Hogan found Edmonds on the doorstep to make it 11-4 with less than 12 minutes to play.

Brendan Caputo scored with 7:19 to go in the game, but Lintner, Donovan and Edmonds rattled off three unanswered goals to push the lead to the largest of the day, 14-5, with 4:46 showing on the clock.

Sam Hurster, Bailey Tills, John Yozzo-Scaperrotta and Will Gural each scored in the final 4:31 to account for the 14-9 final.

The Big Red will play its final regular season game next weekend when it travel to Long Island to take on Princeton at Hempstead High School.

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