Cornell Gets Thrilling Win Over BU to Finish Regular Season

ITHACA, N.Y. An offensive slugfest broke out on Senior Day, and the Big Red got gigantic efforts from members of each class to claim a 18-17 victory against Boston University at Schoellkopf Field on Saturday afternoon.

"It's been a while since I coached a game like this," Cornell coach Jenny Graap said. "It was super exciting. ... Can't get much more exciting than this."

Senior goalie Courtney Gallagher made six saves, including four in the second half as Cornell came back from a two-goal deficit late, while classmate Caroline Salisbury scored three times and earned a career-best eight draw controls to break the single-season school record for draw controls in a season by one (48).

Junior Rachel Moody had a career-high five goals including the Big Red's 16th and 17th.

Sophomore Lindsay Toppe had a four-goal outing for the eighth time this season, scoring the game-winner with 2:21 left to move up to second on the single-season Cornell record book with her 47th goal of the year.

And freshman Emily Tripodi broke the Cornell single-season record for assists. Her six assists on Saturday a number she also reached on Tuesday against Binghamton to tie the school record for a single game gave her 36 on the year, two ahead of the 34 assists by Courtney Farrell '08 in 2007.

The Big Red (10-5) finished its regular season in entertaining fashion, scoring a season-high 18 goals against the Terriers (6-9).

"Today's game was a crowd-pleaser," Cornell coach Jenny Graap said. "I'm really happy with the offense. We stayed composed."

The Big Red will now enter the postseason, facing No. 16 Penn in the Ivy League Tournament semifinal at Franklin Field on Friday at 3:00 p.m.

But before the team reached the postseason, it bolstered its NCAA resume with a win against the Terriers, a win in which neither team held a lead larger than three goals.

With the Big Red holding a 14-13 lead, Boston University scored the game's next three goals to go ahead 16-14. Danielle Etrasco, who was second in the nation in goals per game entering Saturday, had the Terrier's 16th goal. It was the team's first two-goal lead since 12-10.

Cornell, though, fought back with the next four including two by Moody, both assisted by Toppe. Amanda D'Amico had her third goal of the game on an assist by Salisbury to make it 16-15, and Moody got the tying goal next with 12:19 left. Seven minutes went by before Moody struck again on an assist from Tripodi, giving Cornell a lead with 5:23 left.

Four of Moody's five goals in the game were assisted by Tripodi.

"We saw what worked against the defense, and it happened to be Trip feeding to me from behind," Moody said. "We were just on today, me and Trip." "As a freshman, especially, she has great vision. We practice a lot together, and I think that just works. She sees me and she knows when to feed it."

The Big Red got possession again and wound down the clock, forcing the Terriers to come out and pressure. Toppe brought the ball to go and found an open net, as BU goalie Kim Elsworth had left her cage to put pressure on. Toppe gave the Big Red its 18th goal, the one that would prove to be the game winner.

Gallagher then made a save with two minutes left on the other end, frustrating BU when it had a free position opportunity.

"She made some big saves when we really needed it," Moody said. "The other team thinks they're going to score on those, and then Courtney makes a big stop. That's just what we need to get the ball back in our attacking end."

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