Cornell pushes past Hartford
Cornell stout defense on display against Hartford
ITHACA, N.Y. (AP)—David Lau had four goals and an assist,Tewaaraton Trophy finalist Rob Pannell had two goals and two assists, and Cornell beat Hartford 12-5 on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA men’s lacrosse tournament.
Cornell’s defense held Hartford (11-7) scoreless for a span of 41:55 after Hartford took an early lead. The second-seeded Big Red (14-2) surrendered three goals in the first 2:07 of play before settling down and will meet the winner of Sunday’s Virginia-Bucknell game in the quarterfinals.
Hartford, making its first NCAA tournament appearance, got a strong performance from goalkeeper Scott Bement, who made 16 saves to keep the unseeded Hawks in the game. Carter Bender had a pair of scores and Tim Fallon won 11 of 21 faceoffs.
The Big Red held a decisive edge in shots (44-24) and ground balls (44-33) while forcing 22 Hartford turnovers.