PRINCETON, N.J. -- It was another dramatic
weekend of Ivy men’s lacrosse play, with two of the
League’s three contests going to overtime. In fact, the two
overtime games needed a combined seven overtime stanzas to
determine winners, including Princeton and Brown’s four
overtime thriller which the Tigers won, 5-4. It was the second
longest game in Princeton history, while the Bears last played a
four-overtime game on March 24, 2007, when Dartmouth beat Brown,
For the second consecutive weekend, Penn and Yale each found themselves embroiled in an overtime Ivy game, this time with each other. In the end, the Quakers pulled out a 10-9 triple overtime win on a Drew Belinsky game-winning goal to take control of second place in the League standings.
With a 19-8 win over a Dartmouth team that brought a 1-0 Ivy mark into the weekend, Cornell moved to 3-0 in Ivy play, asserting itself atop the League standings. Junior offensive stalwart Rob Pannell led the Big Red attack with nine points in the game on four goals and five assists.
With the Ivy bye, Harvard split a pair of non-conference games last week, including a midweek home win over 14th-ranked Massachusetts, 11-9, under the lights of Harvard Stadium. Hat tricks by Dean Gibbons and Jeff Cohen led to the Crimson win. Over the weekend, Harvard was edged at Albany, 12-11. Brown played the other midweek non-conference game, falling 12-7 at third-ranked Duke despite a David Hawley hat trick and two goals from Andrew Feinberg.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior attackman Rob Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.) reached a personal milestone, registering a career best nine points to lead the Big Red to a 19-8 win over Dartmouth on Saturday. His nine points also matched the single-game high in the NCAA this season and his four goals tied a career-best mark. Six of Pannell’s nine points came in the opening half of play as the Big Red built an insurmountable 11-2 lead en route to the 19-8 final. Pannell actually gave Cornell the lead for good when he broke a 1-1 tie as he scored his first goal of the game with one second remaining in the first quarter.
It marks Panell’s third Ivy League Player of the Week honor this season, having also earned the distinction on March 7 and March 14. With his final assist of the afternoon, Pannell notched his 200th career point for the Big Red.
Pannell’s Weekly Stats
4G, 5A, 9 Pts., 13 Shots, 11 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman midfielder Daniel Eipp (Groton, Mass.) continued his stellar rookie season by scoring four goals and adding an assist in Harvard’s two games last week. Eipp tallied a goal and an assist in the Crimson’s comeback win over No. 14 Massachusetts on Tuesday. Eipp also collected a ground ball in the victory. Then at Albany on Saturday, Eipp recorded the second hat trick of his young career, scoring three goals on six shots. His second goal of the afternoon tied the game at 9-9 early in the fourth quarter and he then gave the Crimson a 10-9 lead, but Albany eventually rallied for a 12-11 win. Eipp also earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on March 14.
Eipp’s Weekly Stats
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 2 GB, Team: 1-1
Drew Belinsky, Penn, Fr., A (Manhasset, N.Y.)
1G, 1 Pt., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
Matt Chriss, Brown, Sr., G (Lutherville, Md.)
2-2 GP-GS, 137:04 mins., 32 SVS, 17 GA, .653 SV %, 7.44 GAA, 6 GB, 0-2
Nikki Dysenchuk, Dartmouth, So., A (Darien, Conn.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 2 GB, Team: 0-1
Dean Gibbons, Harvard, Sr., A (Garden City, N.Y.)
5G, 7 Pts., 12 Shots, 12 SOG, 1 GWG, 5 GB, Team: 1-1
Matt Miller, Yale, Jr., M (Bethesda, Md.)
3G, 3 Pts., 10 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 0-1
Tom Schreiber, Princeton, Fr., M (East Meadow, N.Y.)
1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 5 Shots, 1 SOG, 3 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-0
Tucker Shanley, Princeton, So., M (Fairfield, Conn.)
2G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
Doug Tesoriero, Cornell, Fr., M (Syosset, N.Y.)
1G, 1 Pt., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 4 GB, won 11-of-16 faceoffs, Team: 1-0
Corey Winkoff, Penn, Sr., A (Laurel Hollow, N.Y.)
1G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GB, Team: 1-0
With the fourth set of League games set to take place on Saturday, April 9, the Ivy teams are starting to feel the pressure to secure valuable wins in order to chase down the 2011 League title or to finish in the top-four, which would qualify them for the 2011 Ivy League postseason tournament.
Twelfth-ranked Penn and Brown kick off Saturday’s slate, with the Quakers traveling to Providence, R.I. A Penn win would at least keep it within one game of Cornell at the top of the League standings; while Brown is looking to secure its first Ivy win of 2011.
Sixth-ranked Cornell carries a four-game winning streak and an unblemished Ivy record (3-0) into its game versus the Crimson at Harvard Stadium, which will be broadcast to a nationwide audience by CBS College Sports. Harvard will be looking to return from its Ivy bye week with a win that would vault it into the thick of the title race.
Dartmouth and 18th-ranked Yale will square off in New Haven, Conn., with both teams hoping for a second Ivy win of the year. Finally, Princeton has the Ivy bye and will be looking to upset top-ranked Syracuse in a home game that is slated to be played at Princeton Stadium and broadcast live to a nationwide audience by ESPNU.
Tuesday, April 5
Brown at Bryant, 7 pm
Providence at (18) Yale, 7 pm
Saturday, April 9
(12) Penn at Brown, 1 pm*
(6) Cornell at Harvard, 2:10 pm* [CBS College Sports]
Dartmouth at (18) Yale, 2:30 pm*
(1) Syracuse at Princeto, 4 pm* [ESPNU]
(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on April 4.
* - Ivy League contest.
[Indicates televison coverage]