March 23, 2010

Hurley, Pannell Lead Cornell Over Stony Brook

from press release

STONY BROOK, N.Y. – The No. 9/7 Big Red men’s lacrosse team used a 5-0 run to break open a 5-5 halftime deadlock to defeat No. 17 Stony Brook, 12-9, this evening at LaValle Stadium in Stony Brook, N.Y. With the win, Cornell improves to 6-1 on the year, while the Seawolves fall to 4-3.

Rob Pannell led all scorers with seven points on one goal and six assists, while Ryan Hurley registered five goals and two assists. In a breakout game, freshman Steve Mock tallied two goals and one assist. Roy Lang and Chris Ritchie were Cornell’s other multi-point scorers with one goal and one assist apiece.

The Big Red defense held the fifth-ranked scoring offense in the nation to just nine goals, just the second time all season the Seawolves have scored less than 10 in a contest. Kevin Crowley scored four times, while Jordan McBride tallied two goals and Robbie Campbell chipped in one goal and two assists.

In-between the pipes, freshman AJ Fiore regrouped after allowing goals on Stony Brook’s first four shots to finish with seven saves, while Charlie Paar stopped 10 shots in the loss.

Cornell held the slim edge in shots (32-31), while the Seawolves held the commanding lead in ground balls (36-29), thanks mostly to a dominating performance in the face-off circle (17-of-25).

The Big Red jumped out to an early 3-0 lead just over five minutes into the contest with goals from Ritchie, Scott Austin and Hurley, with Pannell registering the assist on all three tallies. Not to be undone, Stony Brook showed off its high-powered offense with four unanswered goals to end the first quarter with a 4-3 lead.

A man-up goal by Hurley, assisted by Pannell, knotted the game at 4-4 early in the second quarter, but Crowley put the home team up for the final time with 1:23 to play before the half.

The Seawolves won the restart and Timmy Trenkle took a shot that was gobbled up by Fiore. A quick clear by the Big Red resulted in a goal with five seconds showing on the clock as Lang converted off a pass from Pannell to send the teams into the intermission tied, 5-5.

Cornell broke open the game in the third quarter with four unanswered goals to make it a 9-5 game. Mock struck first with a goal at the 13:35 mark, off a pass from Hurley, before Pannell registered an unassisted tally just over four minutes later. Mock registered his second goal of the game off an assist from Lang and Hurley and Pannell teamed up again for a man-up goal with 29 seconds left in the quarter.

Hurley gave the Big Red its largest lead of the day, scoring off a pass from Ritchie, to make it a 10-5 game with just under 14 minutes to play.

Back-to-back goals in a 43-second span by Trenkle and Crowley stopped the Cornell run, but Chris Langton scored off a pass from Hurley to make it an 11-7 game. Just over three minutes later Hurley gave the Big Red its final goal of the contest, with the assist credited to Mock.

McBride and Crowley scored twice in the final four minutes to account for the 12-9 final.


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