Pannell Paces No. 8 Cornell Past No. 5 Maryland in First Round

Haus was Maryland's lone multi-goal scorer with two, while goalkeeper Niko Amato made 10 saves before being pulled with less than six minutes remaining. Jake Bernhardt and leading scorer Kevin Cooper each had a goal and an assist for the offense, while Jesse Bernhardt caused five turnovers, won nine ground balls and scored the Terps' first goal.

Less than a minute and a half into the game, Cornell led 2-0 and the tone was set. The Big Red drew first blood with Donovan taking a feed from Van Bourgondien just 41 seconds into the contest. Tesoriero won his second straight face-off and Pannell found Mock 44 seconds later to make it 2-0 before Maryland had even touched the ball.

After trading possessions, Jesse Bernhardt took a pass from Amato in transition and the longstick went right down the field and scored on a bounce shot to make it 2-1. That only slowed Cornell down for a minute though, as Pannell beat his defender around the crease and buried a quick shot with his left hand while drawing a penalty to make it 3-1. With no face-off, Pannell carried until he found Mock in the middle of the zone for his 50th of the year to extend the lead to 4-1 with 6:01 remaining in the first quarter.

Still up 4-3 in the second, Pannell took it into his own hands and snapped the two-goal Maryland run, spinning away from a defender and beating Amato for his fourth point of the day to make it 5-3. Van Bourgondien made it 6-3 after English found him open with a quick pass to the wing. The score came right after Fiore stoned a Maryland shot on the other end. The teams traded goals to make it 6-4 at the half.

Pannell opened the second half with a goal, beating the Maryland zone by finding an open space and netting his 39th of the year for his fifth point of the day. Amato narrowly kept it from getting to 8-4 with a point-blank save on Mock after a great feed from Pannell. Instead, Maryland's Haus beat a defender, used a fake and scored to cut it to 7-5.

That was as close as it would get for Maryland. Chris Cook found John Edmonds after Pannell drew a slide and earned a quick hockey assist to extend it back to 8-5 and moments later English scored on a quick strike that beat Amato over his right shoulder and pinged the corner to make it 9-5.

Pannell's no-look goal closed out the scoring in the third and Maryland wasn't able to get a shot off after drawing a penalty that spanned the third and fourth quarters. Fiore made two early saves in the fourth and Pannell's offense took care of the rest. The fifth-year senior's seventh point of the day came on a feed to an open Donovan, who only needed to catch it undefended and shoot it straight into the net.

Cornell doubled up the Terps after Pannell drew a flag for a 30-second man-up, then watched as his protege Donovan found a cutting Dan Lintner to make it 12-6, forcing a Maryland timeout with 10:47 remaining.

After Owen Blye got one back for the home team, Mock scored two goals in five seconds to put it away. THose two goals started a 4-0 Big Red run that sealed the win. Jake Bernhardt scored a late goal for Maryland to close out the scoring, but it was too late for a comeback.

Cornell will return to Byrd Stadium on Saturday, May 18 at a time to be determined for the NCAA quarterfinal. It will face the winner of No. 3 seed Ohio State and Towson.

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