No. 14 Cornell Comes from Behind to Defeat Albany

BROOKLANDVILLE, Md. For the second consecutive game, Cornell found itself trailing with 10 minutes left. But for the second consecutive game, the Big Red wasn't fazed. The No. 14 Big Red went on a scoring tear late in the second half, ripping off four consecutive goals in only 2:26 to take a 14-12 lead against Albany.

Cornell scored the next goal as well, and thanks to five consecutive won draw controls, the Big Red was able to go from down by two to ahead by three in seven minutes. Cornell hung on for a 15-13 win against the Great Danes on Sunday afternoon at St. Paul's School for Girls, extending its undefeated record to 6-0.

The Big Red ended the contest with a huge 19-9 advantage in draw controls, including a career high 10 from Sarah Hefner. The sophomore's previous best in a single game was four.

Albany's Nichole Eamer scored with 3:36 left in the game to bring the Great Danes within two, but Hefner won her final draw of the day next. Cornell wound the clock down expertly, holding the ball in its offensive zone while Albany tried to take it away.

Though the Great Danes did eventually force a turnover, it game with 20 seconds left on the clock. One last sprint down the field resulted in an exclamation point of a save from Big Red goalkeeper Courtney Gallagher, and Cornell celebrated its sixth win of the year in the teams' first ever meeting.

Cornell now has a 6-0 start to a season for the first time since 2003, and Sunday's win was the team's first at a neutral site since March 2011.

Lindsay Toppe and Rachel Moody finished the day with four goals apiece to lead Cornell. Caroline Salisbury had three goals and two assists, reaching 100 points for her career. Emily Tripodi also recorded a goal and four assists, and Amanda D'Amico had two goals and an assist.

Albany (4-3) led by a 9-8 score at halftime and scored three of the first five goals in the second half to take a 12-10 lead with 9:58 to go. But after that, the day belonged to the Big Red.

Cat Thomas won the ensuing draw, and the Big Red was able to set up on offense. Toppe got the goal for Cornell after 41 seconds, and it was a 12-11 game. Thomas then won the next draw as well, and D'Amico tied the game at 12-12 just 62 seconds after the Great Danes had picked up a two-goal lead.

The next draw was again won by Cornell this time by Hefner, and after a longer offensive set that included a hit post and a wide shot, Salisbury buried the ball in the back of the net for Cornell's first lead since 7-6.

Hefner again won the next draw, and Toppe had her fourth of the day after a mere 20 seconds. Hefner brought down the ensuing draw Cornell's fifth in a row and Moody added her fourth strike of the afternoon to completely turn the game around.

Albany called a timeout at that point, but it was too late to stop the bleeding. Cornell gave up one more goal but hung on for the win.

The first half had an incredible scoring pace as both teams put four goals on the scoreboard in the first 10 minutes. The teams traded the first four goals in 3:05 of game time, with Albany scoring first and third and the Big Red tying the game each time.

Cornell took its first lead of the contest on Moody's first strike at 26:33 just 22 seconds after Toppe tied the game at 2-2. Albany re-tied the game at 3-3, but Kelly Lang struck to make it 4-3 Cornell.

After that, Albany scored the contest's next three goals to move ahead 6-4, the largest lead for either team at that point. The Great Danes took that lead just one minute after the midway point of the half.

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2013-03-17



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