Pannell Helps No. 7 Cornell Breeze by Dartmouth

ITHACA, N.Y. Cornell junior Rob Pannell reached a personal milestone, registering his 200th career point, as he led the No. 7 Big Red men's lacrosse team to a 19-8 victory over Dartmouth this afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.

The Big Red used a six-goal run over a span of 4:25 early in the second quarter to blow open a tied game and take an 11-2 lead into halftime. With the victory, Cornell moves into sole possession of first place in the Ivy League as the lone undefeated conference team at 2-0 (7-2 overall). The Big Green slipped to 4-3 on the season (1-1 Ivy).

Pannell tallied a career-high nine points on five assists and four goals, with his milestone point coming on his final assist of the day. Sophomore Steve Mock tallied a personal-best five goals, while Roy Lang scored twice. Ross Gillum was Cornell's only other multipoint scorer with one goal and one assist, while eight other members of the Big Red registered at least one point.

Defensively, the Big Red was outstanding, registering 11 caused turnovers on 19 of Dartmouth's miscues and allowing the Big Green to clear the ball successfully just 14 of 20 times. Leading the way was Mike Bronzino, Thomas Keith and Joe Paoletta with two caused turnovers apiece. The defense was ably backed by goalie AJ Fiore, who registered nine saves and allowed just six goals in 45:00 before giving way to Andrew West, who finished with three saves and two goals-against.

The Big Red held the edge in shots (46-35), ground balls (41-26) and face-offs (15 of 29). Keith and Lang both picked up a game-high five ground balls and rookie Doug Tesoriero won a career-high 11 face-offs (11 of 16).

Dartmouth was led by Nikkie Dysenchuk's three goals, while Kip Dooley finished with two assists and one goal. Rhett Miller also chipped in two tallies. In goal, Fergus Campbell, who posted a career-high 23 saves vs. the Big Red last season, stopped just 10 shots and allowed 16 goals in 50:30. Ryan Alexander came on in relief and finished with five saves and three goals-against.

After allowing Dartmouth to get on the board following a prolonged offensive possession to begin the game, the Big Red rattled off the next seven goals to put the contest out of reach, as the Big Green never got back within five goals the rest of the way.

Lang scored first on a great dodge to the cage, but Pannell's goal from just inside the restraining line as the first period expired proved to be the first of many highlight reel goals of the day.

The scoring came fast and furious in the opening moments of the second quarter, with Mock scoring off a pass from Pannell at the 12:48 mark to put Cornell up, 3-1. Just over two minutes later, an unassisted goal by Pannell made it a 7-1 game.

Dysenchuk ended the Dartmouth drought with an unassisted goal with 9:36 to play in the half, and scored in the final seconds of the period for the Big Green, but inbetween, Cornell scored four unanswered goals to put the home team up 11-2 heading into the intermission. During the run, Mock and Pannell each registered an unassisted goal, before Mock scored off a pass from Pannell.

Back-to-back goals nine seconds apart from Pannell and Tesoriero opened the scoring in the third quarter and a man-up goal by Cody Bremner made it three straight and put the Big Red up, 14-3.

The Big Green responded with three straight goals, the first two coming from Miller, to make it a 14-6 game heading into the final intermission.

Both teams subbed liberally for the final 15 minutes and Cornell outscored the visitors 5-2 to account for the 19-8 final.

Cornell remains in the thick of Ivy League action as it travels to Cambridge, Mass., next weekend to take on Harvard on Saturday, April 9. The game, which will be broadcast to a nationwide audience by CBS College Sports, has a tentative start time of 2:10 p.m.

2011-04-02



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