March 29, 2014

Cornell Dominates in Ivy Win over Dartmouth

from Press Release

HANOVER, N.H. -- The No. 1 Big Red scored the first four goals of the contest and then opened up a 10-2 lead at the half before rolling to the 19-4 victory over Dartmouth this afternoon on Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, N.H. With the win, its fourth straight over the Big Green, Cornell improved to 9-0 on the year and 3-0 in Ivy League play, while Dartmouth falls to 1-5 overall and 0-2 in the conference.

Connor Buczek registered career-highs in points (eight) and goals (six) in just under three quarters of action, while John Hogan matched a career-best with four assists. Dan Lintner chipped in three goals, while John Edmonds finished with one goal and one assist. Altogether, 16 Cornell players registered at least one point, as Coach Kerwick went to his bench with four minutes remaining in the third quarter and wholesale substitutions saw two goals and an assist from Jack Molloy, one goal and one assist apiece from Sean Doyle and Emmy Poccia, and a tally from Andrew Keith.

In goal, Christian Knight made seven saves and allowed four goals in just 45 minutes of action, while three goalies split the final 15 minutes with Brennan Donville and Dan Nemirov registering one save apiece, while Will Joyce did not face a shot.

Adam Fishman accounted for nearly all of the Big Green's offense with two goals and one assist to register three of Dartmouth's seven total points. Adam Philie and Jack McCormack added one goal each while Phil Hession and KC Beard each tallied one assist.

Cornell held the advantage in shots (50-36), shots on goal (31-13) and face-offs (14-of-26). The Big Red was a perfect 20-of-20 on clears, while holding Dartmouth to a 16-of-22 performance. In all, the Big Green had 23 turnovers, eight of which were caused by Cornell, while the Big Red turned the ball over just 15 times.

In a game that was riddled with 18 combined penalties, Cornell went 3-of-9 on extra-man chances, while holding the Big Green to a 1-of-6 performance.

Cornell got off to a 4-0 lead midway through the first quarter, thanks to a pair of goals from Buczek, a man-up tally from Lintner and a goal from Edmonds. All four goals were assisted as the Big Red put on an offensive clinic in the early going.

Philie finally got the home team on the board when he beat his defender and scored on the doorstep to make it a 4-1 contest at the 5:08 mark of the opening quarter, but less than one minute later Lintner scored off a feed from Buczek to make it 5-1 at the first break.

Buczek scored in the opening moments of the second quarter to extend the Cornell lead to 6-1 but some unforced turnovers slowed the offensive effort.

The Big Red's defense continued to stifle Dartmouth as the visitors killed a man-up and on the ensuing clear, defenseman Jordan Stevens took the ball all the way downfield and cashed in to end a Cornell scoring drought of nearly seven minutes.

Tesoriero won the restart and drew two defenders before passing to Lintner all alone on the crease, who converted to make it an 8-1 advantage with just over seven minutes to play in the second quarter.

On the Big Red's next possession, Dartmouth's goalie Blair Friedensohn came out of his crease to hit a Cornell player for the second time in the game, with this one drawing a 2:00 unnecessary roughness penalty and Buczek answered immediately, scoring with a low rip off a pass from Hogan to make it 9-1.

Friedensohn did not return to the game, finishing with six saves.

Dartmouth finally managed to end its 12:50 scoring drought with a man-up goal from Fishman, but Cornell won the face off when Mike Huttner picked up the ground ball and then found Connor Hunt, who blasted a high shot past Ham Sonnenfeld to make it 10-2 and cap the scoring for the half.

The scoring came fast and furious in the opening minutes of the third quarter with Cornell scoring three unanswered from Buczek, Chris Cook and Matt Donovan, before Fishman got his second tally of the day. Fishman's shot was initially saved, but had just enough on it to trickle over the goal line to make it a 13-3 contest at the 11:12 mark. The Big Green got its only back-to-back goals of the game when McCormack registered a man-up goal at the7:40 mark.

Dartmouth drew another Big Red penalty on its next possession, but a brilliant save from Knight ended the threat and moments later Buczek drilled shot from the middle of four converging defenders to make it a 10-goal game (14-4) with just over four minutes to go in the third quarter and drive the Cornell starters from the contest.

Cornell is back in action next weekend in a pivotal Ivy League contest against Harvard.


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