Pannell Matches Cornell Assist Mark in Canisius Rout
from press release
BUFFALO, N.Y. – The No. 3 Big Red men's lacrosse team scored 10 unanswered goals over the final 19 minutes of play to blow open what had been a tightly contested game to eventually take an 18-7 victory at the Demske Sports Complex in Buffalo, N.Y. With the victory, its 10th straight against the Golden Griffs, Cornell improves to 4-0 to open the season with four consecutive wins for the first time since the 2010 campaign.
Rob Pannell led the Big Red with four goals and four assists. His final assist of the day matched the school record for career assists (164), tying him with the late, great Eamon McEneaney '77.
Also registering multiple points for the Big Red was Connor Buczek (one goal, three assists), Matt Donovan (three goals), Max Van Bourdondien (two goals, one assist) and Dan Lintner (two goals). Additionally, both sophomore defender Jordan Stevens and freshman Sean Doyle added their first collegiate goals.
Canisius (0-3) was led by Austin Romantic with two goals, while Tim Edwards and Brandon Bull both added one goal and one assist apiece.
Cornell held the significant edge in shots (57-28), including a 31-13 advantage in shots on goal. The Big Red also had more ground balls (33-26) and won more face-offs (18-of-27). Doug Tesoriero was solid with 16-of-22 wins and seven ground balls.
While the final score and the statistics seemed to overwhelmingly favor Cornell, the game did not start that way, as early turnovers and solid goaltending by Canisius' Alex Govenettio, who finished with 13 saves, made it a back-and-forth battle through three quarters.
The Big Red got off to a solid start defensively by killing off a 6-on-4 man-down chance by the Golden Giffs, but moments after it ended Vince Gravino got the home team on the board as he beat his defender to the crease and scored from point-blank range to make it a 1-0 game at the 10:51 mark. Just under three minutes later, an unsettled situation led to a goal by Romantic to put the home team up 2-0.
After several near misses by the Big Red, Van Bourgondien finally got Cornell on the board with a 15-yard rocket from the left wing with 6:51 to play in the first quarter. Pannell then tied the game up on an unassisted goal, but Edwards returned the lead to Canisius with a goal as time wound down in the quarter to send the Griffs into the first intermission with the 3-2 lead.
Cornell wasted little time in taking control of the second quarter, with the first of four consecutive goals coming from Lintner, off a pass from Pannell, with just 44 seconds gone. Pannell then scored the next two tallies for the Big Red with the first coming on a great individual effort at 11:55 before sweeping around the cage and registering an unassisted goal just over one minute later. Lintner then closed the run, converting a pass from Buczek on the doorstep, to make it a 6-3 game with 9:08 to go before the half.
Canisius fought back, scoring four of the next six goals to close the second and open the third quarters and get back into the contest. Bull started the comeback for Canisius as he scored off a pass from Edwards to pull the Griffs to 6-4 as the teams headed into halftime and a goal in the opening moments of the third quarter by Kevin Lalley made it a one-goal game (6-5).
John Edmonds buried a shot at the 10:48 mark, off a pass from Pannell, to give the two-point cushion back to the visitors but Joe Rautenstauch made it a one-goal game again (7-6) as he beat two Big Red defenders, streaked to the crease and beat Fiore one-on-one.
O'Neil took a pass from Buczek and rifled a shot into the net from 15-yards out, but exactly two minutes later, Romantic beat his defender and scored again on the doorstop to make it an 8-7 game with 4:53 remaining in the third quarter.
That was as good as it would get for the home team as the Big Red embarked on the decisive run.
Some nifty ball movement set up Cornell's next goal as Pannell took the ball behind the cage and then found Mock up top, who converted to make it a 9-7 game with just under four minutes to play in the quarter.
Pannell connected on a turn-around jump shot with seven second to go in the third to give the Big Red back-to-back goals for the first time since early in the second quarter and sent Cornell into the final intermission with a 10-7 lead.
Van Bourgondien scored just 76 seconds into the fourth quarter to give the visitors the largest lead of the game (11-7) and from there the floodgates opened.
A loose ball near midfield turned into a Cornell goal as Stevens caused a Canisius turnover, picked up the ball, raced past everyone and beat Govenettio up high to put Cornell up, 12-7, with his first career goal.
The Giffins earned a man-up opportunity but an AJ Fiore save, his sixth and final of the game, sent the ball the other way and Donovan scored a man-down goal off of a brilliant pass by Van Bourgondien to put the visitors up by six goals. Donovan took a late hit right after he scored and went on to tally a man-up goal 23 seconds later off a pass from Buczek. Donovan then completed a natural hat-trick in a span of just under two minutes with an unassisted goal at the 7:53 mark.
Buczek blasted a shot past Govenettio in a 6-on-4 man-up situation, with the assist going to Pannell, as the senior matched the school record.
Doyle got his first collegiate goal with a stellar goal while getting knocked to the ground and Chris Cook scored just 30 seconds later to account for the 18-7 final.
The Big Red is back in action this weekend as it will face its toughest test yet, travelling to No. 8 Virginia on Saturday, March 9 for a contest 1 p.m.