No. 18 Cornell Upends No. 16 Princeton in Overtime

The game began well for the Big Red as Steinberg won the opening draw control and scored a goal two minutes in. Coming from behind the net, Steinberg fired low and across the goalie to give the visiting Big Red a 1-0 advantage.

It took Princeton just 29 seconds to tie the game up.

Kirk gave the Big Red its first man-down goal of the year after Salisbury took a yellow card. Princeton tried to bring the ball up the field but turned it over as Kelly Lang picked up the ground ball, and Steinberg streaked down the field with the ball. Eventually the ball worked its way to Kirk, who drew a free position attempt and converted. As the man-up chance for the Tigers expired, Cassie Pyle earned a free-position shot and re-tied the game.

Princeton took its first lead of the game minutes later, but Steinberg earned her second goal of the game at the 17:01 mark of the first half to tie the game once again.

Two goals in 14 seconds, though, gave the Tigers a 5-3 advantage with under 13 minutes left in the half, but Salisbury scored her first goal of the afternoon on a low, bouncing shot on a breakaway that came when Princeton turned the ball over. Salisbury struck again less than 30 seconds later on a pass from Lauren Halpern, and the game was tied again at 5-5 with 10:24 remaining in the half.

Cornell earned its first lead thanks to McHugh, who scored her 60th career goal on a tremendous individual effort. She split two defenders and ran in on goal, firing high to beat Annie Woehling and make it a 6-5 Big Red lead.

Princeton scored next to make it 6-6, but Kirk scored her second goal 2:20 before the halftime whistle to make it 7-6. Coming from the left side, Kirk beat her defender one-on-one and slipped the ball high past Woehling. Princeton came right back, though, equalizing with 27.9 ticks left on the first-half clock.

As the second half began, the Tigers won the draw control and scored easily just 35 seconds in to put the Big Red behind 8-7. McHugh, though, made a terrific play to tie the game at 8-8 with 23:38 to go. McHugh picked up the ball in the Cornell defensive end and ran it the length of the field down the right side. Cutting in after passing the restraining line, McHugh went straight for the net and beat Woehling to complete her end-to-end effort.

Princeton made it 9-8 just over a minute later, and that began more than eight full minutes without a goal by either team. Finally, after back-and-forth action that saw turnovers from each side and a Steinberg shot off the post, Steinberg got her third goal on a nice pass from Salisbury. Steinberg fired low through the legs of Woehling, and Princeton called a timeout with 14:07 to go and the game knotted at 9-9. The goal also moved the senior captain to fifth all-time in team history for goals.

McHugh was the game's next scorer. After a Steinberg shot was saved, Shannon Tierney won the ground ball and passed it back to McHugh. Standing in the center of the field, McHugh ran straight at the goal and converted on her third goal of the afternoon. With 9:15 left in the game, Cornell got its first lead since 7-6.

The Big Red made it three consecutive goals three minutes later when Steinberg found a streaking Kirk in front of the net. Kirk had her hat trick, and the Big Red forced a Princeton timeout with an 11-9 lead.

The timeout seemed to work for Princeton, as a Tigers goal with 4:54 remaining cut the Cornell lead to just one. Kyla Dambach made a nice save for Cornell two minutes later, but a Big Red turnover gave Princeton the ball right back. This time, they converted, and with 2:08 remaining the game was tied once more.

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2012-03-31



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