PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League lacrosse teams proved they could post wins in very diverse ways last week. A fan of offense? Yale recorded back-to-back wins in which it put up 22 goals in each win. A fan of defense? Princeton held previously unbeaten Johns Hopkins to its lowest goal total since 1966 en route to an 8-3 win. How about a late game comeback? Penn overcame a 5-3 third quarter deficit to post an 8-6 win over Bucknell.
All told, the Ivy teams combined for eight wins last week, including two each from Dartmouth, Yale and Penn. Dartmouth downed Sacred Heart, 9-7, for its first win of the year and followed with a 17-10 neutral site win over Mercer. Yale earned consecutive home wins over Presbyterian, 22-6, and Mercer, 22-1, to improve to 3-0 on the year. Penn continued its hot start by following up the Bucknell win by edging Lafayette, 7-6, to move to 3-0 for the first time since 2007.
Cornell went 1-1, opening its week with a 13-4 win against Binghamton before falling at 19th-ranked Army, 11-9. Twentieth-ranked Brown fell 9-6 at ninth-ranked Massachusetts in its only contest of the week.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior attack Rob Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) notched six goals and added five assists for an 11-point week. Despite playing in just the first half against Binghamton, Pannell still had a hand in 8-of-13 goals against the Bearcats as the Big Red posted a 13-4 win. Then, against 19th-ranked Army and one of the top goalies in the nation - senior Tom Palesky, who finished with 17 saves against the Big Red - Pannell led the Big Red with three goals.
With his five assists and 11 points on the week, Pannell moved into fourth place in Cornell history for career assists (102) and seventh place in Big Red history for career points (164). Pannell last earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors on April 12, 2010.
Pannell's Weekly Stats
6G, 5A, 11 Pts., 20 Shots, 15 SOG, Team: 1-1
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman midfielder Tom Schreiber (Port Washington, N.Y.) scored three goals in the first half against Johns Hopkins as Princeton built a 6-1 lead at intermission. He then assisted on the only Princeton goal of the third quarter and scored the only Princeton goal in the fourth quarter to propel the Tigers to their first win of the season at eighth-ranked Hopkins.
Schreiber doubled his goal total from his first game and now has six goals and an assist in two career games to lead Princeton in goals and points. He becomes Princeton's first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Mike Chanenchuk earned the honor on May 3, of 2010.
Schreiber's Weekly Stats
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 1 GB, 8 Shots, 6 SOG, Team: 1-0
Matt Chriss, Brown, Sr., Goalie (Lutherville, Md.)
GP-GS: 1-1, 60:00 mins., 9 GA, 16 SVS, .640 SV %, Team: 1-0
Deron Dempster, Yale, So., Attack (Orangeville, Ontario)
8G, 3A, 11 Pts., 2 GB, 11 Shots, 9 SOG, Team: 2-1
Kip Dooley, Dartmouth, Jr., Attack (Minneapolis, Minn.)
4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 4 GB, 6 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0
John Conneely, Penn, Jr., Midfielder (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
4G, 2A, 6 Pts., 1 GB, 16 Shots, 8 SOG, Team: 2-0
Ryan McCarthy, Yale, Fr., Attack (Glastonbury, Conn.)
5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 3 GB, 10 Shots, 5 SOG, Team: 2-0
Alex White, Harvard, So., Midfielder (Summit, N.J.)
1G, 3A, 4 Pts., 1 GB, 5 Shots, 2 SOG, Team: 0-1
Chad Wiedmaier, Princeton, Jr., Defense (Chatham, N.J.)
2 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-0
It is another busy week of non-conference games for Ivy men's lacrosse teams that includes 11 contests between Tuesday and Saturday. The early week slate is highlighted by ninth-ranked Penn playing at 15th-ranked UNC on Tuesday, with the Quakers looking to continue their impressive start to the 2011 season that has seen them move into ninth in the USILA Coaches Poll.
Other marquee matchups this week include two games that will be shown live on ESPNU. On Saturday, Princeton plays host to North Carolina at 7:00 p.m. Then on Saturday, Cornell clashes with second-ranked Virginia at M&T Bank Stadium as part of the 2011 Face-Off Classic in Baltimore, Md.
Tuesday, March 8
Georgetown at Harvard, 3 pm
(9) Penn at (15) UNC, 7 pm
Wednesday, March 9
Brown at Hartford, 3:30 pm
Dartmouth at Holy Cross, 4 pm
Canisius at (14) Cornell, 4 pm
Friday, March 11
Bellarmine at Harvard, 7 pm
(15) UNC at (7) Princeton, 7 pm [ESPNU]
Saturday, March 12
St. Joseph's at Brown, 1 pm
(9) Penn at (20) Villanova, 1 pm
(14) Cornell vs. (2) Virginia, 1:30 pm^ [ESPNU]
Lehigh at (18) Yale, 2 pm
(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on March 7.
^ - Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore, Md.).