No. 3 Cornell Pummels Brown to Claim Ivy Title

Providence, Rhode Island Cornell earned its ninth consecutive Ivy League championship with an 18-5 win over Brown Saturday afternoon at rainy and muddy Stevenson Field. The win lifts the Big Red to 10-2 overall, 5-0 in the Ivy League and the outright league title, while Brown falls to 5-8 overall, 1-4 in Ivy play.

Cornell led from start to finish and out-shot the Bears by a 51-25 margin. Goals by Roy Lang, Jack Dudley and David Lau gave the Big Red an early 3-0 advantage. Brown senior Andrew Feinberg (Owing Mills, MD) opened Brown's scoring to cut Cornell's lead to 3-1 with 4:54 left in the first quarter.

The Big Red came back with goals by Steve Mock and Dudley to hold a 5-1 advantage after one quarter.

Bears' junior Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA) scored early in the second quarter to get the Bears to within 5-2 of the Big Red. But Cornell scored the game's next seven goals, three in the second quarter and four more to open the fourth quarter to take control of the game.

Schlesinger's second goal of the gamewith 5:17 left in the third quarter gave Brown it's first score in nearly 30 minutes. Senior Jeffrey Foote (Hudson, OH) and sophomore George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) also scored goals for the Bears.

The Bears struggled to take care of the ball with 27 turnovers, while Cornell turned it over 13 times.

Bears' goalie Matt Chriss (Lutherville, MD) had trouble with the muddy conditions and made nine saves, while allowing 16 goals. Freshman Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) came in with 9:17 remaining and made one save, while allowing two goals.

Big Red junior All-American attackman Rob Pannell was the offensive star with two goals and five assists. Mock and Lang netted three goals each for Cornell.

The Bears will wrap-up their 2011 regular season next Saturday, April 30, against Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. It was a rainy, muddy, cold day in Providence, but the No. 3 Cornell men's lacrosse team shined, putting on a dominating performance to defeat Brown, 18-5, this afternoon at Stevenson Field. With the victory, the Big Red improved to 10-2 on the season (5-0 Ivy) to earn the 16th outright Ivy League title in program history. Brown falls to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the conference.

I'm very excited right now for our guys and our staff, said head coach Ben DeLuca. I'm proud of how we came out and competed and how our seniors led our team. We'll enjoy this for a little bit, but we have bigger goals for this season and we'll need to get right back to work.

Rob Pannell finished the day with seven points on five assists and two goals, as 11 different players found their way into the boxscore and every single healthy member of the Big Red got onto the field. David Lau tallied two goals and two assists and both Steve Mock and Roy Lang finished with three goals on the day. Midfielders Jack Dudley and JJ Gilbane each scored twice and Chris Langton rounded out the multipoint scorers with one goal and one assist.

In goal, AJ Fiore was great, making seven saves and allowing four goals in 45:00, before Andrew West came on in relief and finished with one save and gave up just one goal. Fiore and West were helped by the solid defense of Max Feely, Thomas Keith, Mike Bronzino and Jason Noble. Feely and Keith had three and two caused turnovers, respectively, while Bronzino forced one.

Brown, which was plagued by 27 turnovers, was kept in the game thanks to many brilliant saves from Matt Chriss, but the senior netmider still finished the contest with just nine stops and allowed 16 goals in 50:43. Will Round closed the contest for the Bears and allowed two goals while making just one save.

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