March 26, 2013
Steve Mock and Rob Pannell combined for 11 points as No. 3/3 Cornell dispatched Siena Lacrosse 17-9 Tuesday afternoon at historic Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. Danny Martinsen and Nate Barry tallied three points apiece for Siena which fell to 1-13 all-time against nationally ranked opponents.
In a meeting of two of the eight winningest programs in Division I Men's Lacrosse since the start of the 2007 season, Cornell (8-1) out-shot Siena (2-7) 52-32 and held an equally decisive 43-29 advantage in groundballs.
Siena controlled tempo early, taking a 2-1 lead at the 4:53 mark of the first quarter on a Kyle Curry goal. But the Big Red responded with four unanswered goals over the next two and a half minutes to take a 5-2 lead they would not relinquish.
Siena committed 20 turnovers and converted just 15-23 of their clears, opening the door for quick strikes from the potent Cornell offense. The Big Red, which entered the day ranked third nationally in scoring, tallied nine goals in an 11-minute span and ultimately took a 10-4 lead at the half and 14-5 advantage through three quarters.
Mock tallied four goals and added two assists, while Pannell scored twice and added three assists for Cornell. Pannell became just the eighth player in Division I Men's Lacrosse history to eclipse 300 career points and now stands just one point shy of Siena legend Tony Asterino ('81) for seventh on the all-time scoring list.
Martinsen and Conor Prunty each tallied two goals for the Saints as did junior Rob Hunter whose goals were the first of his career. Matt Sharp was busy throughout in goal and made 13 saves in his three and a half quarters of action.
Connor Buczek and Connor English added two goals for Cornell which won its 12th straight over a fellow rival from New York and improved to 11-0 all-time against MAAC opponents.
Following its season long three-game road trip, the Saints return to the Capital Region when they host Manhattan Saturday at 3 p.m. in their MAAC home opener. The backend of a doubleheader with the women's team which plays at noon, the men's game will air throughout New York on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel.