No. 2 Cornell Handles No. 17 Harvard to Win Ivy

The Crimson got the last goal back on the extra-man when Stevens found Hull for a quick bounce shot that got the visitors back within 6-3, but JJ Gilbane extended the lead back to four goals with 8:26 remaining in the third, his second goal of the tournament and first of the day.

Harvard got back on the board when Terry White fired a shot past Fiore on the move with more than five minutes left in the half, but Cornell went on a 4-0 run to blow open the contest early.

Pannell got the ball rolling with a great look to Lau, who buried the shot and was hit after the play to draw a penalty. Cornell's initial shot was saved, but the clear was checked away and Mock picked up the loose ball. He beat a retreating Krieger to the goal and fired it in to make it 9-4. After winning the ensuing faceoff, Cornell made it three in a row when Lau's quick crease roll led to a fast shot and a 10-4 Big Red advantage heading into the final quarter. Jack Dudley capped the run when he scored on a bullet shot off a pass from Lang to make it an 11-4 game with just 13:15 remaining to play.

Just over two minutes later, Hull responded for the visitors before Cornell again took control. Another Harvard failed clear led directly to the Big Red's 13th goal, as Gilbane picked up a blocked pass and hit on a tough-angle shot. Less than 10 seconds later, the Big Red won a face-off and streaked in for a goal as Pannell found Mock for the sophomore's fifth score of the contest to make it 14-5 with just under eight minutes to play.

Pannell made it 15-5 with a low bounce shot to give him yet another five-point day with 6:24 remaining to ice the game. Harvard scored its final goal on the man advantage when Hull completed his hat trick with 2:09 left on the clock.

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ITHACA, N.Y. Goalie Harry Krieger made 16 saves, Matt Hull had a hat trick and Ryan Stevens netted two goals, but 17th-ranked Harvard fell on the road to No. 2 Cornell, 15-6, Sunday afternoon in the Ivy League tournament final. The loss drops Harvard's record to 10-6 overall, while the Big Red improves to 13-2.

Later today, the Crimson will discover its fate with the NCAA tournament, as the NCAA Selection Show will be aired live on ESPNU at 9:00 p.m. Harvard is hoping for an at-large bid to the tournament, which would mark the Crimson's first berth in the NCAA postseason since 2006.

After Cornell went ahead, 2-0, Hull netted an unassisted goal for the Crimson at 5:11 of the first to cut the deficit to one. Early in the second at 11:45, Stevens fired a hard shot past Cornell goalie A.J. Fiore to tie the game, 2-2. The Big Red answered with two man-up tallies late in the half to carry a 4-2 lead into the break. Krieger recorded nine saves in the first half, while Fiore made five stops on Harvard shots.

Stevens netted his second goal of the game on a man-up opportunity in the third quarter at 11:54, and Terry White added an unassisted tally later in the frame with 5:15 remaining, but the Big Red scored six times in the quarter to take a 10-4 advantage.

In the fourth, Hull notched his second goal at 10:55, making it a 11-5 contest and later capped his hat trick with his third tally of the afternoon with 2:09 to play.

Cornell owned an advantage in shots, 54-31, faceoffs, 15-8, and ground balls, 48-34. Harvard finished 1 of 3 on man-up chances, while the Big Red was 4 of 6.

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2011-05-08



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