No. 12 Cornell downs Binghamton
Big Red, Bearcats play each other for first time
ITHACA, N.Y. -- Kelly Lang came off the bench to score a career-high three goals in the first half, added a fourth in the second half and No. 13 Cornell rolled to a 17-8 win at Binghamton in the schools' first meeting on Tuesday.
The Big Red controlled the first half, outshooting the home team 19-9 and picking up 10 ground balls to the Bearcats' two. Binghamton also turned the ball over 11 times in the first 30 minutes, and those advantages combined to give Cornell a 10-4 lead at the half.
The second half was much of the same, and when the final whistle blew, Lang led Cornell with four goals. Caroline Salisbury had three goals and an assist, while Jessi Steinberg, Katie Kirk and Lindsay Toppe had two goals and an assist.
Though Courtney Gallagher got her third start in goal, Carly Gniewek played the majority of the contest and earned her first victory. She made three saves, all in the second half, in her 45 minutes of playing time.
Cornell (10-4) has tallied 10 wins in a season for the first time since 2008. Out of conference, the Big Red's improved to 6-2 and remained perfect at 6-0 in true road games.
Cornell got on the board just 1:21 into the game. After feeling out the Bearcats defense with multiple passes and feints, Steinberg got the ball behind the net and found an open Sarah Hefner in front for an easy goal. Merely 50 seconds later Binghamton tied the game on a shot by Emma Hayes-Hurley.
Cacki Helmer got ground balls on both of Binghamton's next two possessions, but it was Beth Halayko's ground ball that gave the Big Red its next goal. Picking up a bad Binghamton pass, Halayko launched the ball to a wide open Salisbury, who had nothing but grass in front of her and beat Binghamton goalkeeper Kara Pafumi low and right. Halayko's ground ball was one of her four in the first half. Helmer led the team with five ground balls and five caused turnovers.
The Big Red took a 3-1 lead a minute later when Steinberg, behind the net, received a pass from Shannon McHugh. Steinberg wrapped around the net and got a shot past Pafumi high and short side. Lang got her day started and made it 4-1 just 31 seconds later, and the rout was on. McHugh got a goal of her own immediately off the next draw control, and the Big Red's advantage was quickly stretched to 5-1.
A Bearcats free position shot cut the lead to three, but Cornell got it back up to four after Gallagher made her first save of the afternoon. A speedy clear by Ali O'Neil gave Cornell possession in the offensive end, and Salisbury eventually found Amanda D'Amico in front of the net from the right side for the goal.
Cornell then went on a slight scoring drought, but seven minutes after the D'Amico goal it was Lang scoring her second. Katie Kirk took the ball into the fan on the right side, and Lang cut to the front of the net for an open shot and a 7-4 Cornell lead.
Three minutes later, Lang got her hat trick goal on a free position shot. She passed to a wide open Hefner on the left side of the net, Lang got fouled during the pass and was awarded a free position attempt. She converted, and the Big Red had an 8-4 edge.
Steinberg got her second goal of the afternoon just 2:26 before halftime. Similar to her first, Steinberg got the ball behind the net and wrapped around to the right side, but this time she faked an initial shot from the side of the net and scored from closer to the center of the fan. Less than a minute later, Kirk scored her first of the game and it was 10-4 Big Red at halftime.
After a fast scoring pace in the first half, it took the Big Red nearly eight minutes to get on the board in the second. But Salisbury's second goal on a free position shot was followed by her hat trick goal -- also on a free position attempt -- one minute later.
Kirk tallied the next Big Red score and her second of the game by streaking into the fan from the left side and beating Pafumi low and right.
With time winding down and up a player after Binghamton took a yellow card, a bad Bearcats turnover sparked a Big Red three-on-one. Olivia Knotts and Lindsay Toppe passed it back and forth, and Knotts wound up scoring from the left to put Cornell ahead 14-6.
Lang scored her fourth and final goal a short while later, getting the ball in the middle of the fan and whipping a shot by Pafumi. Toppe got a goal to go along with her assist with less than five minutes remaining. The goal was her eighth of the season, and it was followed almost immediately by her ninth. Toppe got a free position attempt, and she bounced a shot off the turf and into the net for her third point of the contest.