Bears Fall To #7 Cornell, 13-7
Providence, R.I. - On a day that Cornell's Rob Pannell became the Ivy League's all-time leading scorer, the Big Red led from start to finish to defeat Brown, 13-7, and claim the outright Ivy League Championship. Brown falls to 6-6 overall, 1-4 Ivy, while Cornell extends its record to 11-2 overall, 5-0 in Ivy play.
Brown honored its eight seniors - Obafemi Alese (Far Rockaway, NY), Clay Del Prince (Hamburg, NY), Johnny DePeters (Woodbury, CT), Roger Ferguson (Washington, DC), Sam Ford (Reisterstown, MD), Alex Jones (Annapolis, MD), Shane McHugh (Delray Beach, FL), and George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) - in pre-game ceremonies, but it was Cornell who had the better of play in the early action.
The Big Red opened up a 3-0 lead before Jones got the Bears on the scoreboard on a pass from junior Sam Hurster (St. Louis, MO) to cut Cornell's lead to 3-1 after one quarter.
Cornell's Connor Buczek scored to open up a 4-1 lead for the Big Red, but Hurster countered for the Bears on a pass from Del Prince to score a man down goal to trail 4-2, with 11:28 left in the quarter. Consecutive goals by the Big Red put Cornell in the lead, 6-2 at the half.
Brown got back in the game when Jones scored to open the second half to trail, 6-3. But Tom Trasolini scored once, Pannell twice and Steve Mock once to give the Big Red a 10-3 advantage early in the fourth quarter.
The two teams exchanged goals for the remainder of the game, with Ford, Jones, freshman Bailey Tills (Denver, CO) and Hurster accounting for the Brown goals.
Jones led the Bears with three goals, while Hurster added two goals and an assist. Bears' junior goalie Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) was outstanding in net, making 16 saves against the sharp-shooting Big Red.
The difference in possession hurt the Bears, winning just 5-of-24 face-off attempts. Cornell's Doug Tesoriero won 19-of-24 face-offs and picked up 12 ground balls for the Big Red.
With two goals and one assist, Pannell now has 318 career points, breaking the all-time Ivy League record held by Brown's Darren Lowe (316 points) from 1989-92.
Brown will look to capture the Ocean State Cup on Tuesday, April 23, traveling to Smithfield, R.I. to face Bryant in a 7 p.m. start. The Ocean Cup is presented annually to the round-robin winner of games among Rhode Island's three Division I lacrosse schools – Brown, Bryant and Providence.