Nationally-ranked Cornell used an 11-0 run to finish the second half, cruising to a 19-6 victory against the Canisius College men’s lacrosse team on Tuesday afternoon. The loss evens the Griffs the record at 2-2 on the season, while the 15th-ranked Big Red improves to 4-0 in 2014.
“After a good first quarter, we self destructed in the second,” said Canisius head coach Randy Mearns. “We couldn’t pick up ground balls, gave them second and third chances and our clearing was sloppy with no spacing. Face-off wins also didn’t come easy today and when you add that all up, it equals an 11-goal run for Cornell. It’s real tough to win that way but I know our team has a ton of resolve and we will get better from this. We now have a week to get ready for our home opener next Tuesday against Hobart.”
Junior midfielder Tim Edwards led the Griffs with four points on two goals and two assists in the defeat. Sophomore Vince Gravino also chipped in three points on a pair of goals and one assist, while juniors Jake Giarrano and Austin Romantic each added a tally.
In an even first quarter, Cornell grabbed the early lead in the contest with a goal just 56 seconds in. However, Canisius responded with tallies from Giarrano and Edwards at the 9:54 and 8:01 marks to claim a 2-1 advantage. The Big Red added two more goals in the final six minutes of the opening frame for a 3-2 lead through 15 minutes of play.
The second frame was a much different story, however. Cornell’s offense exploded for five goals in the opening 3:22 of the quarter for an 8-2 lead and never looked back. Overall, the Big Red outscored Canisius, 9-0, in the period and took a commanding 12-2 lead into the intermission.
The Griffs could only get off two shots during the crippling second quarter, while committing eight turnovers.
Cornell would then outscore Canisius, 7-4, in the second half en route to the 19-6 victory.
The Big Red finished the game with a 44-28 edge in shots and a commanding 46-19 advantage in ground balls. Canisius also committed 16 turnovers in the game – half coming in the second quarter – with Cornell being forced into 15 miscues.
Connor Buczek led the Big Red with four goals in the winning effort.
The Griffs will now prepare for a three-game homestand, beginning with Hobart next Tuesday. The team’s home opener is set to begin at 7 p.m. at the Demske Sports Complex.
Game Notes: Canisius lost the face-off battle for the first time this season with Cornell winning 17-of-29 restarts … Sophomore Nick Tuttle registered his first career assist on Giarrano’s goal … The Edwards brothers connected on a goal for the first time in their collegiate careers with Jeff (a freshman) feeding his older brother Tim (a junior) on his first goal of the game … Cornell has now won all 11 meetings between the two schools.