No. 8 Cornell Dominates No. 3 Ohio State, Heads to Final Four

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – No. 8 Cornell dominated in every facet of the game and advanced to the program's fourth NCAA Final Four in the last eight years with a 16-6 victory over No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday afternoon at Maryland's Byrd Stadium. The Big Red improved to 14-3, while OSU's season ends at 13-4.

Senior attackmen Steve Mock scored a career-high seven goals, matching a Cornell record for individual goals in an NCAA tournament game, and classmate Rob Pannell one-upped him with eight points (two goals, six assists) to lead an offense that scored 16 goals in the first three quarters in exceeding its efficient production in its first round win over Maryland in the same stadium the week before.

Connor Buczek had three goals and two assists, senior goalkeeper AJ Fiore made 10 saves and junior faceoff man Doug Tesoriero won 16 of 24 to seemingly give the Cornell offense every possession. The Big Red held decisive advantages in shots (37-20), ground balls (39-28), saves (10-8), faceoffs (16-10) and caused turnovers (12-8). It went 1 of 1 on the extra man and held an Ohio State team that entered the day leading the country in 50 percent efficiency on man-up to an 0 for 4 day.

The defense had another huge day in front of Fiore, with Jason Noble (three caused turnovers) and Thomas Keith (three caused turnovers, six ground balls) leading the way. Keith in particular seemed to be all over the field from start to finish. Fiore was outstanding himself, adding five ground ball wins and two caused turnovers to his 10-save effort.

The game was the polar opposite of the last meeting between the two teams in the NCAA tournament. The Buckeyes scored first when their goalie went the length of the field and scored and were off and running en route to a 15-7 victory during the first round in 2008. This time, scoring came early and often for attackmen – the ones wearing red.

Midway through the fourth quarter Ohio State took its 16th shot of the game, matching the Big Red's 16 goals. It was that type of game for the Big Red, who executed every part of the gameplan flawlessly.

Cornell will meet the winner of tomorrow's game between No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 7 Duke on Saturday, May 25 at either noon or 3:00 p.m. at Philadelphia's Franklin Financial Field.

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In the quarterfinals of the NCAA Championship, the No. 3 Ohio State men's lacrosse team lost to Cornell, 16-6, Saturday afternoon at Capital One Field at Byrd Stadium. The Buckeyes end their season 13-4, while Cornell (14-3) advances to the NCAA semifinals

Ohio State's 13 wins are the most for the squad since 1978 and the fourth-most in program history. The squad was making the program's second appearance in the NCAA quarterfinals and the first since 2008.

“The loss is disappointing,” Nick Myers, Ohio State head coach, said. “I'm proud of the way the men in the Buckeye lacrosse family, especially the seniors, have dedicated themselves throughout this season. They stepped up to every challenge put in front of them. We will celebrate what the men were able to accomplish this year. The senior class has raised the bar for the future of this program.”

The game was the final career contest for the nine members of the Ohio State senior class – co-captains Logan Schuss and Dominique Alexander along with Mark Crawford, Nick Liddil, Kevin Mack, Patrick Toohey, Patrick Riffee, Dan Wertz and Trey Wilkes. The group – all Ohio State Scholar-Athletes – led the squad to the first postseason title in program history, winning the ECAC tournament title May 4, as well as the Creator's Trophy crown, in 2013.

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