March 26, 2013
Siena Lacrosse takes aim at the program's second-ever win over a nationally ranked opponent when the Saints face No. 3/3 Cornell at historic Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca, N.Y. at 4 p.m. Video, audio and live stats of the game will be webstreamed through Cornell's website.
Fans can watch, listen and follow the live stats for the game by clicking the links at the top of the page. The game will also be carried on local radio in the Ithaca area on WHCU 870 AM.
Siena (2-6) is 1-12 all-time against teams ranked in the USILA Coaches' Poll Top-20, with their lone win a 5-4 triumph at then No. 18 Loyola on Mar. 18, 2008 in Baltimore. Cornell (7-1) enters this week ranked third nationally in both the USILA Coaches and Nike/Inside Lacrosse Media Polls. The Saints have lost nine in a row over nationally ranked opponents including a 15-6 loss at then No. 4/5 Johns Hopkins in the season opener Feb. 8.
However, the Saints are looking to build off their momentum following a 13-11 win Saturday at Big East foe Providence which was amongst teams receiving votes in last week's USILA Coaches' Poll. The win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Saints, although three of those games had been decided by a single goal and two were against teams receiving votes in either or both of the major polls.
Today's matchup pits two of the top-8 winningest teams in Division I Men's Lacrosse since the start of the 2007 season. Over the past six years Cornell has posted the third most wins (81), while Siena has the eighth most (70). Along with the Big Red, only lacrosse royalty Duke, Virginia, Notre Dame, Syracuse, Maryland and Johns Hopkins have more wins then the Saints over that time.
Cornell is 10-0 all-time against MAAC schools although they have only played Canisius. The Big Red have also won 11 in a row over fellow programs from the state of New York.
The Big Red, which rank third nationally in scoring, are led by National Player of the Year candidate Rob Pannell. Pannell, who ranks third nationally in points per game, needs just two more points to become the eighth player in NCAA Division I history to eclipse 300 career points. Siena great Tony Asterino '81 stands just ahead of him on the all-time list in seventh place with 304 career points.
The Crescent Lot, Hoy Parking Garage and many other outer lots are reserved for Cornell faculty and staff possessing parking permits until 5 p.m. Fans arriving prior to 5 p.m. must stop at the Transportation Services kiosk on Hoy Road to purchase a parking pass for the Hoy Parking Garage. The cost for a two hour permit (3-5 p.m.) is only $3.