PRINCETON, N.J. -- With a 13-12 win at Harvard,
the sixth-ranked Big Red took a giant step towards securing the
2011 Ivy League regular season title. The win places Cornell at the
top of the League standings with a 4-0 mark and also made Harvard
one of six teams with two Ivy League losses meaning Cornell has
clinched at least a share of its ninth consecutive Ivy title. The
Big Red built a 5-3 lead it took to halftime and held on in the
more offensively charged second half for the win. David
Lau found the back of the net with 1:18 left to score what
proved to be the game winner, which was also his fifth goal of the
game. The Crimson used a career high four goals from Ryan
Stevens and 14 saves from Harry Krieger
to remain in the hunt until the final whistle.
Brown earned its first League win by downing 12th-ranked Penn, also by the score of 13-12. Brown fell behind early 5-2, but rallied for the win on the strength of four goal performances from Rob Schlesinger and Parker Brown. Trailing 13-8, Penn made a comeback bid of its own that fell just short. Al Kohart finished the game with three goals to lead Penn.
Yale moved to 2-2 in League action as it recorded 9-7 win over Dartmouth. Brian Douglass had three goals as the 18th-ranked Bulldogs generated a 9-3 lead before Dartmouth tallied four unanswered goals in the game's final two minutes.
In non-league action, the Princeton Tigers hung tough with top-ranked Syracuse as the game was tied 5-5 late in the fourth quarter, but the Orange scored the game's final two goals to earn the win. Earlier in the week, Yale beat Providence 11-9, and Brown fell at Bryant, 8-7.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior attackman David Lau (Syosset, N.Y.) led the Big Red to a 13-12 victory at Harvard on Saturday, as Cornell clinched a share of its ninth straight Ivy League title. Lau had a hand in more than half of the Big Red's goals, notching a career-high five goals and a personal-best three assists.
Lau scored the final two goals of the game, first tying the game at 12-12 and then putting the Big Red up 13-12 with just 1:18 to play. He was extremely efficient throughout, taking only seven shots and putting six on goal. He also picked up a game-high four ground balls and caused one turnover. Lau joins teammates Rob Pannell and Steve Mock as Big Red athletes who have earned Ivy League Players of the Week honors in 2011.
Lau's Weekly Stats
5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 7 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG, 4 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman Tom Schreiber (East Meadow, N.Y.) helped the Tigers hang tough with top-ranked Syracuse on Saturday afternoon in a game in which Princeton's upset bid ultimately fell short, 7-5. Schreiber led the midfield unit and was able to notch a goal and assist in the loss, while also picking up a ground ball and causing a turnover.
Schreiber's goal with 29 seconds to play in the third quarter tied the game at 5-5 as Princeton was able to erase a 5-2 deficit. It marks Schreiber's second Rookie of the Week honor, having also earned the award on March 7.
Schreiber's Weekly Stats
1G, 1A, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GB, 1 CT, Team: 0-1
Brian Douglass, Yale, Sr., A (Waccabuc, N.Y.)
7G, 1A, 8 Pts., 21 Shots, 12 SOG, 7 GB, Team: 2-0
Fergus Campbell, Dartmouth, Jr., G (New Canaan, Conn.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 15 SVS, 9 GA, .625 SV %, 9.00 GAA, 3 GB, 0-1
Tyler Fiorito, Princeton, Jr., G (Phoenix, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 10 SVS, 7 GA, .588 SV %, 7.00 GAA, 5 GB, 0-1
Maxx Meyer, Penn, Fr., D (Melville, N.Y.)
1G, 1 Point, 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 8 GB, 3 CT, Team: 0-1
Rob Schlesinger, Brown, Jr., M (Medfield, Mass.)
5G, 2A, 7 Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG, 3 GB, Team: 1-1
Kevin Vaughan, Harvard, Jr., M (Ridgewood, N.J.)
3G, 3 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 5 GB, Team: 0-1
Tuesday sees four of the League's seven teams take a break from Ivy action to play non-conference games before Saturday's all-important fifth set of regular season Ivy League games. Tuesday's marquee matchup will be fifth-ranked Cornell's game at top-ranked Syracuse, but Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton will also be looking to bounce back from losses this past Saturday with non-conference wins before heading into a pivotal weekend of Ivy play.
Saturday's League slate includes three games that could go a long way in determining who will finish in the top-four of the Ivy standings and qualify for the 2011 post-season tournament. Each of the six teams in action – Cornell has the Ivy bye – have two Ivy losses on the year.
Brown plays at Yale, with the Bears looking to make it two Ivy League wins in a row and Yale trying to secure a third League win. Penn plays at Harvard, with both squads trying to bounce back from Ivy losses last weekend. A win by Penn would move the Quakers to 3-2 and at the very least give them a share of second place in the League standings, while a Harvard victory would even the Crimson's Ivy record at 2-2. In Saturday's final game, Dartmouth and Princeton will square off as the second game of the New England Lacrosse Classic at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass. Both teams carry 1-2 records into the pivotal game.
Tuesday, April 12
1 - Dartmouth vs. (19) Delaware, 1 pm
Harvard at Quinnipiac, 4 pm
Princeton at Rutgers, 7 pm
(5) Cornell at (1) Syracuse, 7 pm [Time Warner Sports]
Brown at (18) Yale, 1 pm*
(15) Penn at Harvard, 1 pm*
2 - Dartmouth vs. Princeton, 6:30 pm*
(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on April 11.
* - Ivy League contest.
1 - at Western Connecticut State (Danbury, Conn.)
2 - New England Lacrosse Classic at Gillette Stadium (Foxboro, Mass.)
[Indicates televison coverage]