Moody, Toppe Help Cornell Clobber Canisius
from press release
BUFFALO, N.Y. – A three-goal lead entering the second half
was good, but the Big Red women's lacrosse team was not comfortable
with just that.
No. 16 Cornell exploded for three goals in the first 80 ticks of the second half in its season opener at Canisius on Saturday afternoon and went on to a 16-10 victory over the Golden Griffins.
Lindsay Toppe had her first career four-goal game and added three assists for a career-high seven points, Caroline Salisbury added four goals herself and Courtney Gallagher earned the victory with eight saves in net. Rachel Moody also shone in her first significant action in more than a year, scoring two and adding a team-high five assists for a personal best of seven points as well.
Amanda D'Amico, Lauren Halpern and Rachel Moody all had multi-point games as well. The Big Red never trailed, outdrew Canisius 18-10 and forced 15 Griffins turnovers.
Cornell (1-0) moves to 2-0 all time against the Griffins (0-2) after a dominating 21-7 victory at Schoellkopf Field last year.
Senior captain Kate Ivory, playing in her first game since the 2011 season, led the way with five draw controls for the Big Red. She also picked up three ground balls which tied for a team high. Also in her first action since the 2011 season, Meg Helmer caused two turnovers and added a ground ball and a draw control. Sophomore Claire MacManus led the team with three ground balls and three caused turnovers.
Salisbury, who led tied for the team lead with 44 goals last season and is a member of the 2013 Tewaaraton Award Watch List, got the Big Red on the board nearly instantly. Just 33 seconds elapsed before she found the back of the net on a free position shot, giving Cornell a 1-0 lead.
Just about two and a half minutes later, Halpern made it 2-0 with an assist to D'Amico. The goal gave Halpern her 20th career point, and the assist did the same for D'Amico.
Though the Griffins followed with two consecutive strikes to tie the contest as 2-2 with six minutes gone in the first half. Three minutes later, though, Cornell was back on top as D'Amico scored her first of the year.
Canisius came right back, though, tying the game at 3-3 before Toppe gave the Big Red its third lead of the day. Toppe's goal – Cornell's second free position goal of the game – put the Big Red ahead 4-3. Gallagher followed on the other end by saving a Griffins free position shot 56 seconds later to maintain that margin.
Toppe made it a 5-3 lead with six minutes remaining in the half, striking again from the free position, and Kelly Lang added her first goal of the year with 5:15 to go as the Big Red took a 6-3 lead into halftime.
At that point, Cornell took over. Moody got her first goal of the season, Toppe completed a hat trick and Salisbury added her second goal of the game all in the first 80 seconds of the second half. Toppe's hat trick also extended the team's streak to 17 consecutive games with at least one player earning a hat trick.
The Big Red, with a streak of six consecutive goals going back to the 3-3 tie, never let the Griffins get closer than three again. Sarah Hefner put the team in double digits with a free position goal with 21 minutes left, and Salisbury completed her hat trick with 17:25 left in the half.
A mere 18 seconds after Salisbury struck, Toppe re-took the team goal scoring lead with her fourth of the season. And Kelly Lang got her second of the afternoon with 14:27 on the clock to extend the Big Red's lead to 13-9.
Salisbury got goal No. 4 next, Moody added her second of the contest and Lang followed suit shortly after that to make it a 16-9 Big Red lead as Cornell went on its second run of at least three goals on the afternoon.
Cornell will begin its home schedule next weekend as Ivy League rival Harvard comes to Ithaca for a Saturday contest at noon.