Second-Half Surge Falls Short at Cornell
Red Takes 11-9 Game At Ithaca
ITHACA, N.Y. – The 59th season of Ivy League men's lacrosse began today with No. 8 Cornell holding off a second-half Bulldog surge to hand No. 17 Yale an 11-9 loss.
The Elis (3-2, 0-1 Ivy) held the Big Red to one goal over the last 30 minutes, but there was too much ground to make up after a problematic second quarter.
Conrad Oberbeck, who had three goals, opened the scoring at 13:12 when he converted a pass from Alex Otero. After the home team evened the score, Austin Rocco notched his second of the year. Cornell answered again, so Sean Shakespeare's cannon shot from the left flat two minutes later gave the Blue a 3-2 lead.
The Big Red got the next two to take their first lead. Dylan Levings, who had an excellent first quarter but finished seven for 16 over the first 30 minutes, picked up the ground ball off the ensuing face-off and went the distance with his second goal of the year. He ended up taking 13 of 23 with six ground balls.
Cornell got another with 14 seconds left in the first, one of five straight goals that enabled the Red to pull away in a rough second quarter for the Bulldogs. During the second, the home squad had 11 of the 16 shots and 12 of the 15 ground balls on the way to a five-goal halftime lead.
Oberbeck ended the bleeding by converting a Brandon Mangan pass, one-timing it on a cut to the net for his second of the day.
Yale began the third with momentum as Colin Flaherty ran in from the sideline and fired a waist-high shot. Then Shakespeare, who ran in from mid field, spun a defenseman around and then bounced one past the Cornell goalie to make it 10-7.
The Elis jumped all over an extra-man opportunity to cut the margin to two with Oberbeck's third, a lefty shot from the right wing that was the third straight for the Blue.
Cornell ended the Yale run by making it 11-8 to close out the third. Nobody would have thought that would be the end of the scoring for the home team. The Yale defense, which held Lehigh to a pair of goals on Tuesday, deserves a lot of credit for holding the Red to three less goals than their season average.
Shakespeare got his hat trick late in the fourth, but it was too late for another Yale run.
Eric Natale finished with 11 saves in the Yale net as Cornell had a 41-34 advantage in shots.
Filed by Steve Conn, Yale Sports Publicity Director
Conrad Oberbeck image by Ted Keating