After Beating Cornell, Yale Off to Best Start Since 1990
ITHACA, N.Y. — Yale continues to roll.
Sophomore attackman Ben Reeves had four goals and three assists while senior midfielder Michael Keasey had four goals of his own in the fourth-ranked Bulldogs' 15-9 win over Cornell on Saturday in the Ivy League opener for both teams.
The win improved Yale to 6-0, its best start to a season since 1990 and it was also Bulldogs coach Andy Shay's first regular season win over Cornell (3-3) in his 13-year tenure leading Yale.
The Bulldogs have won every game this season by three or more goals.
Yale outscored the Big Red 8-3 in the second half after a controversial goal at the end of the first half put them up 7-6. After Yale's Phil Huffard was forced to make a sprawling save, he launched what seemed to be a desperation pass to the other end of the field. It sailed over, but the officials ruled it a shot, and Yale retained possession with 0.4 seconds remaining. Off an endline restart, Eric Scott then found an open Jeff Cimbalista, who scored his third of the day as the horn sounded. The goal was disputed, but the referees congregated and ultimately gave Yale the goal.
Yale opened the third quarter with goals from Reeves and Jason Alessi, who notched his first two goals of the season against the Big Red. Keasey then scored his second of the game on another long-distance shot to give the Bulldogs an 11-7 lead after three quarters.
Cornell attackman John Edmonds, who had 14 points before Saturday's contest, was limited to only one goal for Cornell, as Michael Quinn was responsible for shutting him down in coverage. Colton Rupp and Ryan Matthews led Cornell with three goals each and Dom Massimilian won 12 of 24 faceoffs.
Yale outshot Cornell 39-32 and won the ground ball battle 32-24 and Cornell had 19 turnovers to the Bulldogs' 14. Cornell was 13 of 18 on clears and Yale as 15 of 20.
"It was a hard-fought game," Cornell coach Matt Kerwick said. "I thought they earned it off the ground. That was a big determining factor in this one. They are very patient and they ended some long possessions with goals."
Yale's 6-0 start is the program's best record to begin a season since 1990. (Rich Barnes)
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