PRINCETON, N.J. -- It was a busy week of
men’s lacrosse with a full Saturday slate of Ivy League games
preceded by four non-conference games last Tuesday.
In League action, with everything to play for in terms of keeping title and playoff hopes alive and well, Yale and Penn won their respective games to move into a tie for second place. Yale downed Brown, 10-6, at home, while Penn edged Harvard 7-6 in double overtime. In Saturday’s final Ivy contest, Princeton beat Dartmouth, 8-4, at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., as part of the 2011 New England Lacrosse Classic.
In the second overtime stanza of Penn’s win, freshman Drew Belinsky once again provided the heroics – he already netted a triple-overtime Ivy game winner against Yale two weeks ago – as he scored with 30 seconds to play in the second overtime to lift the Quakers to their win at Harvard Stadium. Jeff Froccaro led the Tiger attack with four goals against Dartmouth, including two man-up tallies. Other than two clear-cut teams in second, the murkiness of the standings that existed before the weekend did not clear up, as all that can now be said definitively is that Cornell and Princeton are the two teams still alive in terms of hosting the 2011 Ivy League tournament.
The mid-week action was highlighted by fifth-ranked Cornell’s 11-6 win over top-ranked Syracuse in the Carrier Dome. Rob Pannell led the way for the Cornell offense with three goals and three assists, but it was the defense that put on a truly impressive show as they held the Orange to its second-lowest goal total of the year. Harvard put together a 14-7 road win over Quinnipiac that included a Jeff Cohen hat trick and a four-point performance from Dean Gibbons (1G, 3A). Princeton downed Rutgers, 11-10, in an eventful game that included a 75-minute lightning delay and a five-goal comeback by the Tigers the League’s other non-conference win last week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Rob Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) led the fifth-ranked Big Red to an 11-6 upset win at top-ranked Syracuse on Tuesday night, marking Cornell’s first win over a No. 1 team since 2009. The junior attackman registered three goals and three assists against one of the top defensive teams in the nation as the Big Red handed the Orange its first loss of the season and its first regular season loss in the Carrier Dome since Feb. 27, 2009.
Of Pannell’s six points, five came in the first half as Cornell built a decisive 7-2 advantage. He registered the game-winning goal and also scored the final goal of the night. The junior attackman also picked up four ground balls and caused one turnover.
Pannell has now earned at least a share of Ivy League Player of the Week honors four times this season (March 7 & 10, April 4) and it is the sixth time a Big Red student-athlete has earned the honor this season. With the three-assist game, Pannell moved into second place in Cornell history for career assists.
Pannell’s Weekly Stats
3G, 3A, 6 Pts., 12 Shots, 8 SOG, 1 GWG, 4 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Tom Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) continued to rack up the points last week, leading the Tigers to a pair of wins over Rutgers and Dartmouth with four goals and six assists. The freshman midfielder, who has now won Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors three times this season, helped Princeton rally from an 8-3 deficit at Rutgers on Tuesday night, The Tigers scored eight goals in a 15-minute stretch - including two goals and three assists from Schreiber in that decisive run – to complete the comeback win, 11-10. The last of Schreiber’s assists was on Jeff Froccaro’s game-winning tally.
Then in League action against the Big Green, Schreiber notched a goal and three assists to help Princeton to an 8-4 win. He scored in the third quarter to put the Tigers up 4-2 and also assisted on what proved to be the game-winning goal from Chris McBride. Schreiber leads the Tigers in goals (14), assists (13) and points (27).
Schreiber’s Weekly Stats
3G, 3A, 6 Pts., 7 Shots, 7 SOG, 0 GB, 0 CT, Team: 2-0
Drew Belinsky, Penn, Fr., A (Manhasset, N.Y.)
2G, 2 Pts., 21 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
Fergus Campbell, Dartmouth, Jr., G (New Canaan, Conn.)
2-2 GP-GS, 120:00 mins., 31 SVS, 22 GA, 15.5 SVS/Gm, .585 SV %, 11.00 GAA, 10 GB, 1 CT, 0-2
Andrew Feinberg, Brown, Sr., A (Owing Mills, Md.)
2G, 2 Points, 7 Shots, 3 SOG, 2 GB, Team: 0-1
Jeff Froccaro, Princeton, So., M (Port Washington, N.Y.)
7G, 1A, 8 Pts., 12 Shots, 9 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0
Dean Gibbons, Harvard, Sr., A (Garden City, N.Y.)
2G, 5 A, 7 Points, 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 1-1
Matt Gibson, Yale, Jr., A (Point Lookout, N.Y.)
2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 6 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
Will Koshansky, Penn, Jr.,LSM (Kings Park, N.Y.)
1G, 1 Point, 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 3 GB, 6 CT, Team: 0-1
Doug Tesoriero, Cornell, Fr., M (Syosset, N.Y.)
won 8-of-12 faceoffs, 2 GB, Team: 1-0
Eight games are on the schedule in what could turn out to be a defining week for several of the Ivy men’s lacrosse teams. Action begins with four mid-week non-conference tilts. Yale, which plays at Bryant on Tuesday, then closes out this week’s Ivy non-conference schedule with a game at Georgetown on Saturday.
Saturday will also feature the second to last weekend of Ivy play, with any number of possibilities still in play for the League teams as they try to qualify for the Ivy tournament and the right to play for the League’s automatic NCAA Championship bid.
While Cornell sits in first place at 4-0, Yale, Penn and Princeton could also reach the four-win plateau over the last two weeks, which would clinch a spot in the four-team tournament since only four team can reach that many victories. Depending on what happens this weekend combined with next weekend’s schedule, it would also be possible for a team finishing Saturday at 3-3 to also clinch a place in the 2011 tournament.
If Cornell were to beat Brown on Saturday, it would clinch the 2011 regular season title and the right to host the tournament. Penn plays host to Dartmouth in its final Ivy game of the season, needing a win to clinch inclusion in the tournament, as it would push the Quakers to 4-2.
Tuesday, April 19
Vermont at Dartmouth, 6 pm
Brown at Providence, 7 pm
(18) Yale at Bryant, 7 pm
Wednesday, April 20
Penn at Saint Joseph’s, 7 pm
Saturday, April 23
Yale at Georgetown, 1 pm [MASN/SNY]
Dartmouth at (13) Penn, 1 pm*
Harvard at Princeton, 1 pm* [Verizon FiOS 1]
(3) Cornell at Brown, 3 pm*
(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on April 18.
[Indicates televison coverage]
* - Ivy League contest