May 29, 2010
Today’s game marked the sixth meeting all-time between Cornell and Notre Dame (Big Red 5-1), with today’s contest being the first time in NCAA Championship.
Notre Dame knocked off its third seeded-team to advance to the championship final (defeated No. 6 Princeton, 8-5; defeated No. 3 Maryland, 7-5; No. 7 Cornell, 12-7).
Notre Dame is 8-14 overall in the NCAA Championship, and 1-1 in the NCAA semifinals (2001 – lost to No. 2 Syracuse, 12-5, in Piscataway, N.J.). The Fighting Irish are 19-14 all-time against The Ivy League, and 2-1 in the NCAA Championship.
Notre Dame is the first unseeded team to reach the semifinals since Delaware in 2007. The Fighting Irish are the first unseeded team to reach the title game since Massachusetts in 2006.
Notre Dame has not trailed in a game since 20:23 left in the third quarter against Princeton, in which the Fighting Irish won 8-5 in first round of the NCAA Championship on May 16, 2010. They have not trailed in the last 140:23.
Cornell was looking to advance to the NCAA Championship final for second consecutive year and eighth overall. The Big Red was 0-4 this season when trailing at the half.
Notre Dame junior midfielder Zach Brenneman recorded his fifth hat trick this season. It also marked the 36th time a Division I player scored three goals in one game at M&T Bank Stadium, including his own three goals scored against Loyola (Md.) in the Face-Off Classic on March 6, 2010. He is the 16th player in program history (11th different) to score three or more goals in an NCAA Championship game.
Notre Dame senior attack Neal Hicks registered his fourth goal of the day with 4:20 remaining in regulation, making it the 15th time a Division I player scored four goals in one game at M&T Bank Stadium. Brenneman and Hicks became the first pair for Notre Dame to both score hat tricks in a single NCAA Championship game since 2007 (first-round vs. Johns Hopkins, Michael Podgajny  and Brian Hubschmann ). Hicks is the sixth player in school history (fifth different) to score four or more goals in an NCAA Championship game. Today’s scoring marked a season high for Hicks, and tied his career high (2009 against Penn State).
Notre Dame senior midfielder Grant Krebs extended his goal-scoring streak to nine games with his goal at the 1:32 mark in the fourth quarter.
Notre Dame senior goalkeeper Scott Rodgers recorded 16 saves, the ninth time this season that he has reached double-digits in a single game. It was also a season high for Rodgers and ties the most saves in an NCAA Championship game this year.
Freshman attack Steve Mock of Cornell scored his 19th goal of the season at the 12:49 mark of the second quarter, snapping a 15:44-scoreless streak that featured a 4-0 run by Notre Dame. It was the eighth time this season that the Fighting Irish has held their opponent without a goal for over 15 minutes. Mock scored his third goal of the day with 11:02 remaining in the third quarter, making it the 37th time a Division I player scored three goals in one game at M&T Bank Stadium.
Cornell sophomore attack Rob Pannell, who ranks first in the country in points per game (4.59 ppg), was held to just two assists on the day by Notre Dame. Pannell extended his Division I national point scoring streak to 35 games (fifth longest in the country) by aiding on Mock’s first goal of the game (12:49, 2nd). Fellow teammate Ryan Hurley, a senior attack, also extended his scoring streak to 50 games with his assist at the 7:24 mark in the third quarter.