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Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release - Week 6

(l-r): Cornell's Steve Mock, Brown's Nick Piroli and Cornell's Matt Donovan.
(l-r): Cornell's Steve Mock, Brown's Nick Piroli and Cornell's Matt Donovan.

Complete Ivy League Men's Lacrosse Weekly Release (PDF)

, N.J. -- Week two of League play was certainly dramatic, beginning with Princeton outlasting Yale, 10-9, to win the longest game in each program’s history. In the end, Alex Capretta’s third goal of the day scored at 1:39 of the fifth overtime moved the Tigers to 2-0 in the Ivy standings.

One of the reasons the Yale-Princeton game took 78 minutes and 21 seconds to decide was superb play by the goalies. Bulldog sophomore Jack Meyer made a career-best 14 saves, including three in the second overtime alone. On the other end, Tyler Fiorito made five of his 13 saves in the overtime stanzas.

Cornell and Harvard also moved to 2-0 in the league standings. The Big Red completed a furious fourth-quarter comeback to win at Penn, 16-11, after the Quakers had an 11-8 lead entering the fourth. Led by Jeff Cohen’s third consecutive five-goal game Harvard posted a 15-10 win over Dartmouth in the Big Green’s Ivy League opener. With the win, the Crimson moved to 2-0 in Ivy League play for the first time since 1998.

In non-conference action on Saturday, Brown won at Vermont, 14-5, led by freshman Nick Piroli’s four goals. Earlier in the week, Cornell earned a dramatic overtime win against No. 8/9 Denver. Steve Mock scored the game-tying goal versus the Pioneers with 6.2 seconds left in regulation and then Chris Langton netted the game-winning goal in overtime. Also in midweek action, Dartmouth’s comeback bid at No. 14/15 North Carolina fell short as the Tar Heels held on for a 13-10 win.

Cornell attackman Steve Mock (Huntington, N.Y.) scored four goals and assisted on three others as the Big Red knocked off No. 8 Denver in overtime before rallying for a 16-11 win at Penn. Mock scored the game-tying goal against Denver with 6.2 seconds to play, then assisted on Chris Langton's game-winning goal just over a minute into the extra session. Mock added two ground ball wins against the Pioneers.

The junior then helped Cornell rally from a five-goal first half deficit and a three-goal deficit entering the fourth quarter against the Quakers with three goals and an assist. Mock scored what turned out to be the game winner with 8:10 remaining in the game as he scored twice while assisting on a third goal in the fourth quarter of the comeback win. For the season, Mock leads the team with 16 goals, 22 points and two game-winning goals. He last earned Player of the Week honors on March 21, 2011.

Mock’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 2 GB, 12 Shots, .333 shooting%

Cornell freshman Matt Donovan (Morristown, N.J.) had three goals and two assists in two starts for the nationally ranked Big Red last week. He scored twice and assisted on a third goal in the fourth quarter to help Cornell overcome a three-goal fourth quarter deficit in a 16-11 win at Penn. Donovan scored and assisted on a goal in the final 1:23 of the first half to send the Big Red into the break with some momentum after trailing by as many as five goals in the first half. He added two ground balls in Cornell’s 9-8 overtime win against No. 8/9 Denver in a midweek contest. Donovan was also named the League’s Rookie of the Week on March 5.

Donovan’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 2A, 5 Pts., 3 GB, 7 Shots, .429 shooting%

Freshman Nick Piroli (Black River, N.Y.) scored a career-high four goals to lead Brown to a 14-5 win over Vermont. Piroli also added an assist for a career best five points on the afternoon and his first three goals helped the bears build an insurmountable 6-3 lead. Piroli is Brown's leading goal scorer with 12 goals for the season. He was also named the League’s Co-Rookie of Week on Feb. 27.

Piroli’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 1 GB, 8 Shots, .500 shooting%

Anthony Adler, Penn (Sr., M – New York, N.Y.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, .429 shooting%

Tommy Capone, Brown (So., M/FO – Watertown, N.Y.)
1 GP, 8 GB, 11-of-18 faceoffs

Alex Capretta, Princeton (Sr., M – Mill Valley, Calif.)
1 GP, 3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 2 GB, 12 Shots, .250 shooting%

Daniel Eipp, Harvard (So., A – Groton, Mass.)
1 GP, 4G, 3A, 7 Pts., 2 GB, 6 Shots, .667 shooting%

Brandon Mangan, Yale (So., A - Wantagh, N.Y.)
1 GP, 2G, 3A, 5 Pts., 2 GB, 5 Shots, .400 shooting%

Keegan Michel, Harvard (Fr., M - Westminster, Md.)
1 GP, 6 GB, 1 Shot, 18-of-24 faceoffs 

Chris Langton, Cornell (Sr., M - Melrose, Mass.)
2 GP, 5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 13 Shots, .385 shooting%

Conrad Oberbeck, Yale (Fr., A - Greenwich, Conn.)
1 GP, 1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 1 GB, 1 CT, 6 Shots, .333 shooting%

The week begins with a pair of Tuesday night games, including Brown playing at eighth-ranked Duke - which will be facing its fourth Ivy opponent of the season -  and Harvard traveling west to take on intra-state rival Massachusetts. The Crimson carry a two-game winning streak into the game and will be looking to knock-off the No. 2/3 team in the nation.

Then on Saturday, March 31, the third round of Ivy League games is slated to take place. With teams also starting to keep an eye on qualifying for the post-season Ivy League Tournament with a top-four finish, each games becomes further magnified.

Penn and Yale clash in New Haven, Conn., with each team looking for its first Ivy win of the year. Cornell and Princeton hit the road with aspirations of reaching 3-0 in the League standings, but Dartmouth and Brown will have other ideas as they too look for their first League victories of the season as well.

Harvard, which stands at 2-0 in Ivy play, has the bye and will become the first League team to face Michigan, as 2012 marks the Wolverines’ first season of varsity Division I men’s lacrosse.
Tuesday, March 27
Brown at (8/8) Duke, 3 p.m.
Harvard at (3/2) Massachusetts, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 31
*Penn at Yale, 1 p.m.
*(4/5)Cornell at Dartmouth, 1 p.m.
 Michigan at Harvard, 1 p.m.
*(11/13)Princeton at Brown, 3 p.m.

* - Ivy League contest.

(X/Y) - X refers to national ranking in the Inside Lacrosse Poll and Y refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll.