PRINCETON, N.J. -- The storyline of the second
week of Ivy men’s lacrosse play turned out to be individual
offensive explosions as milestones were reached and the
League’s teams combined to average over 11 goals per
In wins on Tuesday night, a pair of senior attackmen including Cornell’s Rob Pannell and Harvard’s Jeff Cohen each reached the 100-career goal plateau. Pannell did it as part of a 10-point effort versus Binghamton and Cohen reached the mark while scoring five goals at Holy Cross. Also on Tuesday, Princeton sophomore Tom Schreiber continued his hot start to 2012 with four goals against Manhattan.
Over the weekend, Dartmouth junior Chris Costabile led the attack with a seven-goal outburst, each of which proved pivotal as the Big Green edged Sacred Heart, 11-10. It was the most goals scored by a Dartmouth player in over six years, as Jamie Coffin was the last Big Green player to reach that total (Feb. 26, 2006 vs. Providence). Elsewhere, Brown senior Parker Brown netted four goals against fifth-ranked UMass.
All told, in a busy week of nonconference action the Ivies went 6-4, with three of the four losses coming to ranked opponents. Wins by Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale on Saturday saw all three of those teams push their records to 2-0 in the early stages of the 2012 season.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell senior Rob Pannell (Smithtown, N.Y.), the reigning Ivy League and national Player of the Year, showed why he is one of college lacrosse’s best in two victories last week, scoring seven goals and adding nine assists for 16 points in victories over Binghamton and Army. He opened the season with six goals and four assists in a 17-12 win over Binghamton, including scoring the game-tying and go-ahead goals late in the third quarter as Cornell rallied for the win. His 10-point game was the first by a Cornell player since 1995 and he became the 34th player in NCAA history to record 100 career goals and 100 career assists. During the game, he scored consecutive goals in the span of six seconds to set a Cornell record.
Then in a dominant 18-7 triumph over Army, who had lost at No. 3 Syracuse by a goal earlier in the week, Pannell had a goal and five assists in just three quarters of action. He added four ground balls, giving him six in the two games, and also caused a turnover. Last year, Pannell earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors four times.
Pannell’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 7G, 9A, 16 Pts., 6 GB, 1 CT, 17 Shots, .412 shooting%
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman attack Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.) jumped right into the starting lineup with Pannell and Steve Mock and showed he could be an impact player in the 2012 season. In wins over Binghamton and Army, he scored five goals and posted three assists for eight points, while adding five ground balls. Donovan opened his career with a goal and an assist to go along with three ground balls in the win over Binghamton.
Donovan followed up with a six-point effort (four goals, two assists) to go along with two ground balls in a dominant 18-7 win over Army. The six points were the most by a Cornell freshman in a game since Rob Pannell in 2008. He is the first Big Red player to earn Rookie of the Week honors since AJ Fiore did so on April 19, 2010.
Donovan’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 5 GB, 14 Shots, .357 shooting%
Parker Brown, Brown (Sr., A - San Francisco, Calif.)
1 GP, 4G, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 8 Shots, .500 shooting%
Jeff Cohen, Harvard (Sr., A - Syosset, N.Y.)
2 GP, 8G, 9 Pts., 1 GB, 26 Shots, .308 shooting%
Chris Costabile, Dartmouth (Jr., M - Sykesville, Md.)
1 GP, 7G, 7 Pts., 3 GB, 2 CT,11 Shots, .636 shooting%
Matt Gibson, Yale (Sr., A - Point Lookout, N.Y.)
1 GP, 2G, 4A, 6 Pts., 1 GB, 8 Shots, .250 shooting%
Keegan Michel, Harvard (Fr., M - Westminster, Md.)
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 3 Pts., 5GB, 5 Shots, .400 shooting%, 14-of-27 faceoffs
Conrad Oberbeck, Yale (Fr., A - Greenwich, Conn.)
1 GP, 3G, 3 Pts., 1GB, 1 CT, 5 Shots, .600 shooting%
Tom Schreiber, Princeton (So., M - East Meadow, N.Y.)
2 GP, 5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 5 GB, 1 CT, 15 Shots, .333 shooting%
It is another full slate of nonconference action for the Ivy teams as they combine to play 11 games in the next week, starting with a busy Tuesday night that includes home games for Dartmouth, Cornell, Yale and Penn.
The third week’s set of opponents has a distinct ACC and BIG EAST feel to it. Both Penn and Princeton will take on eighth-ranked North Carolina and third-ranked Cornell will take on top-ranked Virginia. Also on Saturday, Harvard plays at Georgetown and Penn welcomes regional rival Villanova.
Both the UNC-Princeton and the Cornell-Virginia games will be televised live on ESPNU as part of the 2012 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, which will take place at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.
Tuesday, March 6
Bellarmine at Dartmouth, 3 p.m.
Canisius at (3/3) Cornell, 4 p.m.
Sacred Heart at (15/16) Yale, 7 p.m.
(8/8) UNC at Penn, 7 p.m.
Wednesday, March 7
Hartford at Brown, 3 p.m.
Saturday, March 10
1 - (14/14)Princeton vs. (8/8) UNC, 11 a.m. [ESPNU]
(-/20) Harvard at Georgetown, 1 p.m.
Brown at Saint Joseph’s, 1 p.m.
1 - (3/3) Cornell vs. (1/1) Virginia, 1:30 p.m. [ESPNU]
(12/13) Villanova at Penn, 3 p.m.
(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll.
1 - Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, Md.