Knight Saves 16 as No. 11 Cornell Edges No. 19 Princeton

Princeton and Cornell were playing another high scoring one, with 10 third-quarter goals and the prospect of another massive fourth-quarter explosion, just like the last meeting between the two, in the last year's Ivy League tournament semifinal. Then the goalies decided they'd had enough.

Cornell goalie Christian Knight made six of his 16 saves in the fourth quarter to preserve a 12-10 Big Red win over Princeton in front of 4,500 at Bethpage High School in the fourth "Battle of Bethpage." Princeton's Eric Sanschagrin joined Knight as a game MVP after he made 13 saves for the Tigers.

The loss dropped Princeton to 7-6, while Cornell earned a share of the Ivy League title with Harvard with the win. The Ivy League tournament will be held in Cambridge beginning Friday.

Princeton and Cornell met for the 76th time, and only once in the first 73 did both teams reach double figures. They did it twice last year, including Princeton's 14-13 overtime win in the Ivy tournament on Kip Orban's overtime goal, and they both reached double figures before the end of the third.

The third quarter was a track meet, with 10 combined goals - including a goal for each in the first 14 seconds after intermission - on 24 shots. When it ended, it looked like another shootout was in store for the fourth quarter. Instead, Knight and Sanschagrin were both spectacular in the final 15 minutes, which featured just one goal, by Matt Donovan with 8:27 to go.

The teams would combine for 17 fourth-quarter shots, but that goal would be the only one. The goalies combined for nine saves with the one goal allowed.

Princeton was led by Tucker Shanley, who had a career-best four goals, and freshan Zach Currier, who had two.

Tom Schreiber had a goal, giving him 30 for the year and 200 points for his career. Orban had a goal as well, giving him one in 26 straight games.

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BETHPAGE, N.Y. Cornell freshman goalie Christian Knight made a career-high 16 saves, including six in the dramatic fourth quarter, as the No. 11 Cornell men's lacrosse team held on to defeat No. 19 Princeton, 12-10, this afternoon at Bethpage High School in Bethpage, N.Y. With the win, the Big Red finishes at 5-1 in the Ivy League and shares the conference crown with Harvard. Cornell has won a conference-best 28 championships, including two in a row and 11 of the past 12.

Knight wasn't the only freshman that impressed on the day, as defender Marshall Peters had an outstanding game, scoring the first two goals of his collegiate career and adding three ground balls to go along with one caused turnover.

On the offensive end of the field, Cornell saw nine different players reach the point column, as the visitors assisted on 8 of 12 goals. Tewaaraton Trophy nominee Connor Buczek led the way with one goal and three assists, while attackman John Edmonds registered his sixth hat-trick of the season. Matt Donovan added two goals and one assist, including the lone tally of the fourth quarter for either team, and Dan Lintner finished with a pair of goals.

Senior face-off specialist Doug Tesoriero won 12 of 26 restarts and picked up eight ground balls to help the Big Red to a 34-26 advantage off the ground. Tesoriero also handed out two assists.

Cornell also held the edge in shots (41-36) and turned the ball over four fewer times than Princeton (17-13). The Tigers had three failed clears (22-25) to Cornell's two (19-21) and despite some impressive offense by both teams, neither managed to register a man-up goal.

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