Gessner's Overtime Goal Lifts Brown Laxers to 9-8 Win Over Cornell

April 27, 2002

Ithaca, NY - Junior midfielder Chas Gessner (Hyattsville, MD) scored the game-tying goal with 1:24 remaining in regulation, and buried the winning goal into the back of the net at 1:07 of the second overtime period, to lift the Brown men's lacrosse team to a 9-8 double overtime victory over Cornell. The Bears are now 7-6 overall and 4-1 in the Ivy League, while Cornell drops to 9-3 overall, 4-2 in Ivy play, and is eliminated from Ivy title contention.

The victory by the Bears sets up next week's showdown for the Ivy League championship and NCAA Playoff berth when Brown hosts Princeton (7-4, 4-1) at Stevenson Field on Saturday, May 4th at 1:00 p.m.

Bears' sophomore goalkeeper Mike Levin (Pittsford, NY) came up with the biggest save of his career when he stopped the Big Red at point black range in the second overtime period, just moments before Gessner's game winning goal. Levin finished with 17 saves.

"We knew coming into today's game knowing that we needed to sweep Cornell and Princeton to stay alive for the Ivy title and an NCAA Playoff berth," said Brown coach Scott Nelson. "Beating Cornell in this fashion shows the mettle of our team and gives us the opportunity to reach our goal of an Ivy title with one more victory this season."

Brown rallied from an 8-4 fourth quarter deficit, scoring the game's last four goals. Junior Michael Hughes (Rockville Centre, NY) ignited the Brown rally with an unassisted goal at 4:33, and sophomore Brian Miller (Monkton, MD) added two goals, with Gessner assisting on both. Gessner sent the game into overtime, scoring an unassisted goal with 1:24 left in regulation to knot the game at 8-8.

Gessner has enjoyed some great moments at Schoellkopf Field in the last six months. A first team All-American wide receiver for the Brown football team, Gessner caught two touchdowns against the Big Red in October, making 9 catches for 113 yards. Today, Gessner led all scorers with four goals and two assists.

Cornell seemed to be in charge of the game, opening up a 4-0 second quarter advantage. Hughes scored with 41 seconds remaining in the second quarter to turn the momentum in Brown's favor and cut the Big Red advantage to 4-1 at the half.

The teams exchanged goals in the third quarter with junior Jon Thompson (Freeport, ME), scoring and Gessner adding two goals.

Both Hughes and Miller finished the game with two goals and one assist, while Thompson added a goal and one assist. Scott Lee and Justin Redd led the Big Red with two goals each.

NCAA DIVISION I MEN'S LACROSSE
Brown vs. Cornell
Saturday, April 27, 2002
Schoellkopf Field; Ithaca, NY

Score by Quarters 1 2 3 4 1OT 2OT TOTAL BROWN (7-6, 4-1 Ivy) 0 1 3 4 0 1 9 CORNELL (9-3, 4-2 Ivy) 0 4 3 1 0 0 8

BROWN SCORING Goals: Gessner 4, Hughes 2, Miller 2, Thompson Assists: Gessner 2, Hughes, Miller 2, Thompson

CORNELL SCORING Goals: Redd 2, Lee 2, Fort, Beers, Crawford, Rosenberger Assists: Fort 2, Greenhalgh

Goalie Saves: Cornell: - Justin Cynar - 13 saves, 64:53 min

Brown: Mike Levin - 17 saves, 64:53

Shots: Cornell 49 , Brown 32 Ground Balls: Cornell 43 , Brown 29 Clears/Fails: Cornell 22/24 , Brown 23/25 Penalties/Minutes: Cornell 4/3:00, Brown 1/1:00 Extra Man Goals/Att.: Cornell 0/1, Brown 0/4 Faceoffs: Cornell 13/21, Brown 8/21

Attendance: 4,543