Zonino Saves 18 But #16 Cornell Erupts Late to Down Hobart

ITHACA, N.Y.-Hobart senior Peter Zonino made 18 saves and limited No. 16 Cornell to just seven goals through the first 56 minutes of today's non-conference contest at Schoellkof Field. Unfortunately for the Statesmen, the Big Red scored five times in the final three minutes to steal a 12-8 victory.

The Statesmen defense played played well, limiting Cornell's chances in close. That allowed Zonino to get a good looks as the Big Red tried to snipe from the outside. His 18 stops are just one off his career-high set in 2012 at Ohio State. Senior defenseman Connor Eustace shared a game-high with two caused turnovers and a team-high with three ground balls. Sophomore defensive midfielder Teddy Sisco also had three ground balls.

Offensively for Hobart (0-2), senior attackman Jake McHenry led the way with a hat trick and senior attackman Alex Love added two goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Zach Reed added a pair of goals.

Cornell (1-0) dominated possession thanks to faceoff man Doug Tesoriero, who went 20 of 24 and scooped up a game-high 14 ground balls. The Big Red outshot the Statesmen 45-24, and thanks largely to Tesoriero, had a 37-17 advantage in ground balls.

The Cornell offense centered around Matt Donovan and Dan Lintner. The former had a game-high six points on three goals and three assists, while the former produced a game-high four goals.

The Big Red, ranked No. 16 in the USILA poll and No. 19 in the Inside Lacrosse poll, jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Hobart strung together three straight goals, spanning the first and second quarter, to take its first lead. Sophomore midfielder Cooper Stefaniak got the Statesmen on the board late in the first quarter and Love and McHenry followed with goals to start the second. Cornell carried a 4-3 lead into the locker room at halftime, tying the game on a goal by Connor Hunt and taking the lead on a backhanded shovel shot by Lintner.

CU started the second half by sandwiching goals around a tally by Reed to build a 6-4 lead. Reed scored again, this time while being clotheslined by a defenseman's stick, to make it 6-5 with 3:20 left in the third. McHenry followed with back-to-back goals in the final 1:27 of the frame to put the Statesmen up 7-6.

Cornell equalized midway through the final frame, but two minutes later Love set a pick for a teammate and got bowled over by a defenseman for his troubles. The hit resulted in a delayed unnecessary roughness penalty against the Big Red. Before CU could gain possession to get the penalty call, Love got the ball and scored to put the Statesmen in front for the final time.

The Big Red won the ensuing faceoff and put a shot on frame, but Zonino was up to the task, catching the offering cleanly and starting a clear. Hobart moved the ball across midfielder, but wasn't able to step it in the box before being whistled for a failure to advance. Lintner and Donovan teamed up to tie the game with 2:36 remaining. Donovan had the ball behind the cage and fed a cutting Lintner, who put it away on the doorstep. Thirty-five seconds later, John Hogan unleashed a screaming shot from the top of the box to give his team the lead.

With Hobart using a 10-man ride to regain possession, Donovan and Lintner padded their stats, scoring twice in the final 19 seconds for the final margin.

The Statesmen will host Binghamton at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 1. The Bearcats, who lost their season-opener to Siena 13-9 today, will first have to deal with Cornell, which travels to BU on Tuesday.


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