Pannell's Big Day Highlights Cornell Win over Princeton
from press release
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — After having just four goals in five career games against Princton, Big Red senior Rob Pannell finished the game with five goals and four assists as Cornell routed Princeton, 17-11, in the Big City Classic at MetLife Stadium in E. Rutherford, N.J.
It is just the second time in the series that both teams have reached double-figures but the result was never really in doubt as the Big Red jumped out to an 8-1 lead midway through the second quarter and withstood a third quarter barage by the Tigers to cap the 17th undefeated Ivy League season in program history.
With the results of this weekend's games, the Ivy League tournament field has been set. The Big Red will play host for the third time in four years as the number one seed and will face number-four Princeton on Friday, May 3 at 8 p.m. Number-two seed Yale will face number-three seed Penn at 5 p.m.
The championship game will take place on Sunday, May 5 at 11 a.m. The semifinal games will be available on-line at ESPN3, while the championship game will be televised to a nation-wide audience on ESPNU.
Pannell, a 2013 Tewaraaton nominee finished with a game high nine points, while fellow nominee Steve Mock chipped in four goals and one assist. Connor Buczek also had four goals, while Matt Donovan finished with two goals and one assist. Defender Tom Freshour registered the first two goals of his career.
Freshour also scooped four groundballs and caused two turnovers as part of a stellar defensive unit, which included outstanding games from Jason Noble, Jordan Stevens and longstick defensive midfielder Thomas Keith. Noble had a team-high eight ground balls and went 5-of-7 in the faceoff circle, while Keith had seven groundballs and three caused turnovers.
The solid defense was ably backed by senior goalie AJ Fiore, who made 13 stops, including eight in the decisive first half to pick up the win.
Princeton (8-5, 3-3) was led by Mike MacDonald's four goals and one assist, while Kip Orban chipped in three goals and an assist. Tom Schreiber was held to two goals and one assist.
In goal, Eric Sanschagrin stopped 12 shots in the loss.
Cornell held the slim edge in groundballs (34-31), while the Tigers held the edge in face-offs (17-14).
After ending an extended Princeton offensive possession with a save from Fiore, Pannell got the Big Red on the board when he picked up a ground ball off an errant shot, drove to the cage and beat Sanschagrin up high.
Just over four minutes later, Pannell made it 2-0 with a nearly identical goal. His goal was set up by an outstanding defensive effort when Buczek stripped the ball from Ryan Ambler to give possession back to Cornell.
A Princeton turnover near midfield and a heads-up quick restart from Keith put the Big Red up 3-0 when Keith found a streaking Donovan all alone in front of the goal with 2:14 remaining in the opening quarter.
Princeton opened the second quarter with a two-man up advantage but a big save by Fiore sent the ball back into Cornell's offensive end. The Big Red lost the ball with an offside call and despite killing the man-up chance, MacDonald scored on a great individual effort to put Princeton on the board, 3-1.
Just over two minutes later the Big Red pushed its lead to 5-1 with back-to-back goals just nine second apart. Donovan struck first with a great individual effort of his own and then Tesoriero won the restart and dished off to Pannell, who hit a streaking Freshour in front of the cage for his first career goal at the 11:04 mark.
Cornell wasn't done, scoring three more to extend its streak to five unanswered goals with tallies from Buczek, Mock and Pannell to make it 8-1 with 7:37 to play in the half.
Princeton got consecutive goals for the first time in the contest with a goal by Schreiber followed by a man-up goal from Jake Froccaro to make it an 8-3 contest at the 6:30 mark, but the Big Red answered immediately with Mock and Pannell teaming up for the second time on the day and Cornell took the 9-3 lead into halftime.
The teams traded goals early in the third quarter with a rocket from Buczek followed by a blast from Orban to make it 10-4 with just under 11 minutes gone. Princeton then cut the Big Red's lead to 10-6 half with back-to-back man-up goals from MacDonald with 5:48 on the clock.
Pannell ended the Tigers run with a beautiful shot that grazed right over Sanschagrin's left shoulder, but just over 30 seconds later Orban responded to make it an 11-7 game.
The Big Red won the restart and Freshour picked up the ground ball, streaked up field and scored his second of the game, and career, to restore the five-goal lead to Cornell.
A turnover by the Big Red lead to Princeton's next goal as Jack Strabo found Jeff Froccaro all alone in front of the goal on a broken play to make it 12-8 with just under three minutes remaining in the quarter. Neither team would score again and Cornell went into the final intermission with the four-goal lead.
Cornell opened the fourth quarter with the ball after a Princeton penalty in the final seconds of the third quarter and the Big Red wasted no time with a goal from Buczek, off a pass from Mock to make it 13-8 with 14:52 to play. The teams traded the next four goals before consecutive tallies from Mock pushed the lead to 16-10.
Buczek capped the scoring for Cornell and a late Princeton goal accounted for the 17-11 final.