Cornell Meets Brown Seeking Ivy Title, NCAA Bid
April 23, 2009
Courtesy of Cornell
ITHACA, N.Y. – The No. 4/5 Cornell University men’s lacrosse team (9-2, 5-0) will travel to Providence, R.I., this weekend to take on No. 13/13 Brown (11-2, 3-1) at Stevenson Field on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m., in its final Ivy League contest of the season. The game has Ivy League implications, as a victory gives the Big Red an outright conference title, as well as the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. Live video for the game will be available on the Brown website at www.BrownBears.com, while live audio will be available as part of the Cornell Redcast subscription package at www.CornellBigRed.com. The game can also be heard live, locally on WHCU 870 AM in Ithaca with Barry Leonard and Howie Borkan providing the call.
GAME #12: No. 2/4 Cornell vs. No. 13/13 Brown TIP OFF: Saturday, April 25, at 1:00 p.m.
SITE: Stevenson Field (Providence, R.I.)
2009 RECORDS: Cornell (9-2, 5-0 Ivy); Brown (11-2, 3-1) SERIES RECORD: Cornell leads, 32-15 LAST MEETING: Cornell won, 11-7, April 26, 2008; Schoellkopf Field
RADIO: WHCU 870 AM (Ithaca, N.Y.)
LIVE STATS: None
LIVE VIDEO: http://www.brownbears.com/multimedia/schedule.html
LIVE AUDIO: http://www.cornellbigred.com/member/aa_signup.aspx
THE MATCHUP — The No. 2/4 Big Red (9-2, 5-0) will travel to Providence, R.I., this weekend to take on No. 13/13 Brown (11-2, 3-1) at Stevenson Field on Saturday, April 25 at 1:00 p.m., in its final Ivy League contest of the season. The game has Ivy League implications, as a victory gives the Big Red an outright conference title, as well as the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
WHAT JUST HAPPENED? — Cornell upset No. 1/1 Princeton, 10-7, last weekend to take sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with a record of
9-2 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Brown also won its last outing against Providence, 10-6, and sits in second place in the league standings with an 11-2 record overall and mark of 3-1 in the conference.
WHAT’S THE SCENARIO? — Cornell’s 10-7 upset victory over Princeton last weekend, coupled with Brown’s 7-6 loss to Penn on April 11 has assured the Big Red a share of its seventh straight Ivy League title. If Cornell defeats the Bears this weekend it will be the Big Red’s third undefeated, outright conference title in the past five years. The victory also will give Cornell the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, its seventh appearance during Coach Tambroni’s nine-year tenure.
SERIES HISTORY VS. BROWN — The Cornell and Brown rivalry began when the Bears joined the Ivy League in men’s lacrosse in 1964. The Big Red came away with an 8-7 victory in that first meeting, and won 23 of the first 28 games between the two programs. The Bears won eight-straight contests vs.
Cornell from 1991 to 1997 to gain some ground in the series, but the Big Red still holds the advantage, 32-15, having won the last six meetings.
LOOKING AT THE BEARS — Brown reached the 11-win plateau for just the second time since 1994 as it defeated Providence, 10-6, in its last outing to improve to 11-2 overall. The Bears’ conference mark of 3-1 is good for a second place tie with Princeton, which it will face in their season finale next weekend. Brown has a pair of talented offensive players in sophomore Andrew Feinberg and senior Kyle Hollingsworth, to go along with one of the best goalies in the nation in Jordan Burke. Feinberg ranks sixth in the nation with 2.69 goals per game and is seventh overall with
3.77 points per game. Hollingsworth, meanwhile, ranks ninth in the country with 1.85 assists per game. Between the pipes, Burke has played all but 16 minutes for the Bears and is fifth in the nation with a .625 save percentage and seventh overall with a 7.39 goals-against average.
LAST TIME VS. BROWN – The No. 8 Big Red rallied from a 4-2 deficit early in the second quarter with five unanswered goals, including two goals from All-American Max Seibald, to clinch a share of the Ivy League title with an 11-7 victory over No. 17/15 Brown at Schoellkopf Field. Ryan Hurley led the Big Red with four goals and one assist, while John Espey added three goals on just five shots. John Glynn added a goal and two assists and Rocco Romero picked up a pair of assists. Brown (10-3, 4-1) was led by Kyle Hollingsworth with four goals and Thomas Muldoon with two goals. Jake Myers got the victory for the Big Red, picking up 13 saves in goal, while Jordan Burke made nine stops in a losing effort for Brown.
A WIN OVER THE BEARS WOULD –
• give Cornell its third undefeated, outright conference title in the past five years.
• send the Big Red to the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in Coach Tambroni’s nine-year tenure.
• improve Cornell to 33-15 in the series, while improving Coach Tambroni’s record against the the Bears to 7-2.
AT THE HELM — In his ninth season as head coach of the Big Red, Jeff Tambroni owns a career record of 93-32. His winning percentage of .744 is the second-best among the nine coaches who have served as head coach at Cornell, ahead of the legendary Richie Moran (.680) and behind the all-time leader Ned Harkness (.972).
TAMBRONI AMONG THE BEST — Head coach Jeff Tambroni currently fourth in the nation among active Division I coaches with a .744 winning percentage.
Syracuse head coach John Desko is the nation’s leaders (.753).
GLYNN’S GOT IT – Senior John Glynn has earned Ivy League Player of the Week honor twice this season. The first came following his stellar effort in No. 4 Cornell’s 9-8 victory over Army on Feb. 28, while his second game following the Big Red’s 10-7 upset over No. 1 Princeton. Against the Black Knights, tallied one goal and two assists, while winning 10-of-17 face-offs and picking up a game-high seven ground balls. Against the Tigers, Glynn went 13-of-18 face-offs (72.2 percent), including a two-for-three performance in the pivotal fourth quarter as Cornell held possession for all but 65 seconds to secure the victory. Glynn also picked up a career-high 11 ground balls and registered an assist early in the game to give Cornell a 3-0 lead.
ROUGH ROAD – The Big Red is amid a stretch in which it plays four of five games against teams ranked in the top 20. The stretch began on April 4 when Cornell defeated No. 13/17 Harvard, 13-12, before falling to No. 5/5 Syracuse, 15-10. The Big Red’s game at Dartmouth, a 19-6 victory, gave Cornell a slight reprieve, before defeating No. 1/1 Princeton, 10-7. The run ends this weekend at No. 13/13 Brown.
TWO FOR THE TEWAARATON – For the second year in a row, John Glynn and Max Seibald have been named nominees for the Tewaaraton Trophy. Seibald is a three-time nominee, as he was a finalist for the Trophy as a sophomore in 2007.
FINISHING STRONG – Prior to Cornell’s loss to No. 1 Virginia, the Big Red had won 25 straight contests when leading at the half, dating back to the team’s 8-6 loss to Penn on April 1, 2006. Cornell is 29-1 in its last 30 games when leading at the intermission.
SINGLE-DIGIT SUCCESS – When holding its opponents to less than 10 goals, the Big Red under Coach Tambroni owns a 80-10 record. Including its most recent 10-7 victory over No. 1 Princeton, Cornell has won 35 straight games when holding opponents to single digits, dating back to April 1, 2006, when it lost an 8-6 decision to Penn at Franklin Field.
IT’S OFFICIAL – While many believe that Max Seibald will be considered one of the best midfielders to ever play at Cornell, the senior has helped make his case by racking up 133 career points, the most ever by a Big Red midfielder, surpassing Bill Marino (129; 1974-46).
HOME IS WHERE THE WINS ARE — During Coach Tambroni’s tenure, the Big Red is 49-10 at Schoellkopf Field, including a perfect 7-0 record in 2007 and a 6-0 slate during the 2005 season. This season, Cornell has a 4-0 record at Schoellkopf Field.
LUCKY NUMBER SEVEN — The Big Red has claimed at least a share of the Ivy League title for the last seven seasons, the longest stretch since winning 10 straight championships between 1974-83.
SEVENTH HEAVEN — Cornell’s seven consecutive regular season Ivy League titles is the longest current stretch by any men’s lacrosse team in any conference.
HIGH MARKS – The Big Red ranks in the top 10 in the nation in eight categories – scoring offense (first – 13.55), points per game (first – 21.73), assists per game (first – 8.18), man-up offense (third –.489), scoring margin (fourth – 4.73), ground balls per game (sixth – 36.82), win percentage (sixth – .818) and face-off win percentage (seventh – .572).
RULE FOLLOWERS – In each of its games this season, Cornell has registered fewer penalties than its opponents. Overall, the Big Red averages 2.7 penalties per game, while its opponents have been flagged an average of
4.5 times per game.
POINT MAN – With his two goals and four assists against Dartmouth on April 11, freshman Rob Pannell surpassed Sean Greenhalgh’s Cornell rookie record for points in a season (42). Pannell currently leads the team and ranks second in the nation with 4.27 points per game.
DYANAMIC DUO – Ryan Hurley and Rob Pannell have teamed up for a goal at least once in each game this season, with the exception of the Army contest. Of Pannell’s 32 assists, 13 (41 percent) have come on Hurley’s goals.
WITH ONE ARM TIED BEHIND HIS BACK – Since missing the Penn game with a fractured elbow, John Glynn has returned to the field and is playing some of his best lacrosse. In the three games since the injury, Glynn has won
50-of-74 face-offs (.676), the most ever recorded by the senior midfielder during a four-game stretch. He has also picked up 38 ground balls (9.5 gbpg.), scored seven goals and registered two assists (2.25 ppg.).
ELITE COMPANY – Over the past six seasons, Cornell has been among the best in the nation, boasting the highest winning percentage of all Division I teams during that span (.786) and ranking fifth overall in number of victories (66).
BACK-TO-BACK – The Big Red has not lost back-to-back games since the 2002 season when Cornell fell to Princeton and Brown on consecutive weekends, a span of 100 games.
THREE FOR 100 – When junior Ryan Hurley scored his 100th point, it gave Cornell three 100-point scorers on the team (Hurley, John Glynn and Max
Seibald) at the same time for just the second time in the history of the program. The only other time this has occurred was during the 1976 season when Mike French, Jon Levine, Bill Marino and Eamon McEneaney all had 100 career points to their credit.
TURN OF THE CENTURY – With his two goals and one assist vs. Hobart last season, Max Seibald became the 34th player in Cornell history to register 100 career points. In the second game of this season, John Glynn joined Seibald when his one goal and two assists against Army gave the senior 101 points for his career. Most recently, junior Ryan Hurley reached the 100-point mark with two goals and one assist against Syracuse.
ROMERO TIME – Senior Rocco Romero has traditionally stepped up his game when Ivy League play begins and so far this season, that trend looks to be continuing. For his career, Romero has played in 53 games, scored 27 goals and registered 22 assists for 49 points. (0.92 ppg.). In just 23 career conference games, Romero has tallied 18 goals and 12 assists for 30 points (1.30 ppg). Despite Ivy League play representing just 43.3 percent of his total games played, that is where Romero has registered 61.2 percent of his points.
A LITTLE HELP – Cornell ranks first in the country in assists per game
HELPING HAND – Rob Pannell is currently ranked first in the country in assists per game (2.9 apg).
GET TO THE POINT — Rob Pannell is currently ranked second in the nation in points per game (4.27 pgp), while Ryan Hurley ranks sixth in the country
(3.82 pgp). As a team, Cornell ranks first overall with 21.73 ppg.
SCORING MACHINE – Ryan Hurley is ranked first in the country with 3.27 goals per game, while Max Seibald is 34th overall with 2.0 gpg.
MEN IN THE MIDDLE – John Glynn is currently third in the nation with a
.631 face-off win percentage. As a team, the Big Red ranks seventh in the country with a . 572winning percentage.
(BIG) RED HOT OFFENSE – The Big Red is first in the country in scoring offense, averaging 13.55 goals per game.
MAN UP! – The Big Red ranks third in the nation in man-up offense, scoring on .489 of its extra man opportunities.
IN THE MARGIN — Cornell ranks fourth in the country in scoring margin, outscoring its opponents by an average of 4.73 goals per game.
GROUND BALL GOBBLER – Senior John Glynn ranks sixth in the nation in ground balls per game (6.80 gbpg), while the Big Red as a team ranks sixth overall with 36.82ground balls per game.
MAY I ASSIST YOU – So far this season, the Big Red has assisted on
90-of-149 goals (60.4 percent). Last season, Cornell managed to assist on just 95-of-167 goals (56.9 percent).
GOING STREAKING – As of Thursday, April 23, Cornell senior Max Seibald owned the longest point-scoring streak on the team and the third-longest in the nation, having registered at least one point in the last 45 games dating back to Cornell’s 4-3 victory over Princeton on April 22, 2006.
Junior Ryan Hurley is also on the list, owning the eighth-longest streak in the nation, registering at least one point in the last 26 games dating back to the 2008 season opener.
INCREASED DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY – Of the nine lacrosse players nationwide that own the longest point-scoring streaks in the country, Max Seibald (third – 45 games) is one of only two midfielders on the list, joining Notre Dame’s Grant Krebs (seventh – 28 games).
THAT DIDN’T TAKE LONG – Just five games into the season, rookie Rob Pannell set the Cornell freshman record for assists in a single season (15), a mark previously held by Max Seibald (14 in 2006). Pannell currently leads the team with 32 assists.
GLYNN’S GAME – Senior John Glynn reached another milestone on April 11 as he tallied a career-high five goals against Dartmouth. He becomes the first Big Red midfielder to tally five goals in a game since Brian Clayton achieved that feat against Hobart on May 4, 2007.
DARTMOUTH DOMINATION – Cornell’s 19-6 victory over Dartmouth on April 11 was just another in a long line of lopsided Big Red victories. During its current 12-game winning streak against the Big Green, Cornell has reached double-digits 11 times, outscoring Dartmouth, 172-88. The Big Red has scored 19 or more points against the Big Green 11 times, most recently coming during the 1990 season.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK – For the second time this season, Rob Pannell has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, earning the honor on April 13, following the Big Red’s games at Syracuse and at Dartmouth. Pannell broke the Cornell rookie record for points in a single-season when he tallied two goals and four assists against the Big Green on Saturday to reach 44 points on the season. The freshman attackman opened the week with a one-goal, four-assist performance against the Orange.
PIERCE’S POINTS – Pierce Derkac scored a career-high two goals against Syracuse on April 7. Not only was it the first point registered by a long pole this season, but it was the first time a long pole has scored twice in a game since Ethan Vedder found the back of the net twice against Brown on April 28, 2007.
FINN WINS – Senior Chris Finn was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on April 6, following a spectacular effort as he helped No. 3 Cornell erase an early four-goal deficit to defeat No. 13 Harvard, 13-12. The senior attackman registered career highs with four goals and five ground balls. He also caused one turnover, which was the key to the victory, as he stripped the Crimson goalie, picked up the loose ball and scored on an empty net to register the game-winner.
COME FROM BEHIND – Cornell found itself in unfamiliar territory on April 4 when it trailed No. 13/17 Harvard, 7-6, at the half. It marked the first time all season that the Big Red was behind at the intermission. When Cornell earned the victory over the Crimson, it ended the Big Red’s three-game losing-streak in games in which it was losing at halftime.
SUTHERLAND IN THE CIRCLE – Junior Matt Sutherland is finally getting a chance to show off his skills in the face-off circle, going 16-for-32
(.500) in four appearances this season. Those numbers include an impressive 5-of-8 performance against Yale’s Kevin Disceplo, the 15th ranked face-off man in the nation.
RAISING RAESLY – After an injury-plagued start to his career, sophomore Kevin Raesly saw his first playing time against Penn, winning 3-of-7 face-offs and picking up four ground balls. With two appearances to his credit, Raesly has won 7-of-16 attempts (.438) and picked up five ground balls.
90 WINS – With the Big Red’s 21-11 victory over Penn on March 28, head coach Jeff Tambroni notched his 90th career win, becoming just the second head coach in Cornell men’s lacrosse history to reach that plateau.
Tambroni reached the milestone in his 121st career game during his ninth season. The only other Big Red coach to reach 90 wins was Richie Moran, who defeated Cortland, 16-1, in his eighth season (1976) to achieve an
FIVE IS RARE — During Coach Tambroni’s career (125 games), Cornell has lost by five or more goals only 10 times.
21 GOALS – When Cornell defeated Penn, 21-11 on March 28, it marked the third year in a row that the Big Red has at least one game in which it registered at least 20 goals. The 21 goals against the Quakers are the most scored by Cornell during head coach Jeff Tambroni’s tenure and are the most since the Big Red beat Canisius, 23-2, on May 2, 1998.
CLOSE CALLS — Since the beginning of the 2003 season, Cornell is 20-4 in games that have been decided by a single goal, a mark that was raised as the Big Red defeated No. 13/17 Harvard, 13-12, on April 4, 2009, at Schoellkopf Field. The only blemishes during the stretch were a 6-5 loss to Navy in the 2004 NCAA quarterfinals, a 12-11 loss to Syracuse on April 11, 2006, a 10-9 loss to UMass in the opening round of the NCAA tournament on May 13, 2006 and a 12-11 loss to Duke in the national semifinal on May 26, 2007. Coach Jeff Tambroni is 22-10 in one-goal games during his tenure with the Big Red, including a 6-2 mark in overtime games.
CLEAN SWEEP – The Big Red swept the conference weekly awards on March 23 when Kyle Harer and Rob Pannell were named the Ivy League Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively. It was the first honors sweep for Cornell since April 10, 2006 when Matt McMonagle (player) and Max Seibald
(rookie) took home the honors. The awards were the first for each player in his career with Cornell. Harer was honored after posting a career-high
17 saves against No. 8 Duke in a 10-6 victory before making 10 saves and allowing just six goals in 52:48 of action in a 15-18 victory over Yale.
Of his 12 goals allowed, two were in man-up situations and for the week he stopped nearly 70 percent of the shots he faced. For Pannell, the freshman attacker was honored after handing out three assists against the Blue Devils to set the school record for assists by a freshman (15), before registering three goals and one assist against the Bulldogs.
WHAT A RIDE – The Big Red did an amazing job on the ride against Yale on March 21, allowing the Bulldogs to clear the ball successfully just
14-of-26 times. Conversely, Cornell was 16-of-19 on the day, including a perfect 10-for-10 at halftime.
SENIOR CLASS AWARD – Max Seibald is among 10 student-athletes that were announced as finalists for the men’s lacrosse division of the 2009 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. The award, presented annually to NCAA Division I student-athletes each year in eight sports, focuses on the “Four C’s” of classroom, character, community and competition. The ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the “Four C’s” of Classroom, Character, Community, and Competition. The award winner will be announced and presented with his trophy at the 2009 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championship in Foxborough, Mass.
NON-CONFERENCE WINS — With its loss to Syracuse on April 7, Cornell slipped to 25-5 in its last 30 regular-season non-conference games, dating back to the Big Red’s 16-14 victory over Syracuse in the Carrier Dome on April 12, 2005. Three of those three losses during that span came at the hands of the Orange (2006, 2008, 2009), while the others came to ACC teams No. 7/8 North Carolina (13-8 on March 2, 2008) and No. 1/1 Virginia (14-10, March 8, 2009).
HARER HURTS ‘EM – Kyle Harer had the best game of his career when he made
17 saves against Duke to earn the 10-6 victory. Both his 17 saves and his .810 save percentage for the game were career-highs.
HURLEY AND SEIBALD 8, DUKE 6 – The combination of Ryan Hurley and Max Seibald provided all the offense the Big Red would need against Duke as the pair scored Cornell’s first eight goals in a 10-6 victory. Hurley scored five goals, while Seibald chipped in three goals and two assists.
FRESH START - In his very first collegiate game against Binghamton, freshman Rob Pannell scored three goals and registered four assists for seven total points. With that performance, he set a Cornell record for assists by a freshman in a single-game, surpassing Pat Dutton (three assists vs. Delaware in 1996) and Max Seibald (three assists vs.
Binghamton in 2006). He also matched the school mark for points by a rookie in a single-game, tying Michael Egan who registered five goals and two assists for seven points against Penn in 2000. Just two games later, Pannell matched his own school record with four assists against No. 1 Virginia and then surpassed it with five assists vs. Harvard on April 4.
THAT’S NEW – The Big Red made its first appearance of the season on the newly refurbished Schoellkopf Field against Canisiuis on March 10. The historic stadium got a face-lift this summer when the AstroTurf surface was replaced with FeildTurf.
TEAM USA – US Lacrosse has announced that five players with Cornell ties – Ryan McClay ’03, Mitch Belisle ’07, Matt McMonagle ’07, John Glynn ’09 and Max Seibald ’09 - have been selected to try out for the 2010 U.S. men's lacrosse team that will compete in the Federation of International Lacrosse (FIL) World Championship in Manchester, England from July 10-24, 2010. The tryouts will be held from June 7-10, 2009 at Bryant University in Smithfield, R.I.
GEOGRAPHY LESSON – The 45 players on the Big Red roster hail from 14 different states – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and Washington – as well as the District of Columbia and two Canadian provinces – Ontario and British Columbia.
GEOGRAPHY LESSON, PART TWO – Since 1950, the Big Red has had players from
33 different states – Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. During his tenure, Coach Tambroni has had players from 19 different states.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN – For just the second time since 1966, the Big Red will have a single team captain, as Max Seibald will serve as the Cornell captain for the second straight year.
HARD HAT – Attackman Ryan Hurley has been selected to carry the Hard Hat for the 2009 season. The tradition of the Hard Hat began in the fall of 1999. Midway through the fall season, a player is selected to carry the Hard Hat for the year. The recipient is someone that the coaches feel demonstrates a blue-collar approach to the game of lacrosse; he is driven and selfless, not the most talented player on the field, but consistently the hardest worker. He puts the team first, and embodies how the coaches want Cornell players to act and respond on or off the field.
SAVES A LOT - Last year, Cornell goalie Jake Myers posted a season-high 14 saves against Syracuse on April 8, 2008. In the very first game of the
2009 season the goalie tandem of Kyle Harer and Mat Martinez combined for
15 saves, with Harer stopping 10 shots in 51:51 before Martinez made five saves in the final 8:09 against Binghamton.
FOR STARTERS - Cornell is 59-50-5 all-time in season openers, including a
7-2 mark during Coach Jeff Tambroni’s tenure.
IVY OPENERS – The Big Red’s contest vs. Yale on March 21 marked the 54th Ivy League season opener for Cornell men’s lacrosse. Since the league began play in the 1956 season, the Big Red has posted a 39-15 record in Ivy League openers, including a perfect mark of 9-0 during head coach Jeff Tambroni’s tenure. More often than not, Cornell has met either Yale or Harvard in the conference opener, playing a different school on only six occasions.
BACK ON THE OFFENSIVE – Players on the 2009 roster accounted for 221 of the 262 points (84 percent) that the Big Red registered last season.
CHAMPIONSHIP LINEAGE – Three players currently on the Cornell roster have fathers that have won a national championship with the Big Red – David Lau (George ’78), Julian Levine (Jon ’76) and Shane O’Neill (John ’76). George Lau was a two-time winner as part of both the 1976 and 1977 national championship squads, while Jon Levine and John O’Neill joined him on the
WIN NO. 650 – Cornell’s 16-11 victory over Dartmouth on April 12, 2008 was the 650th win in program history. To date, the team’s 656 victories rank seventh all-time among the winningest programs in collegiate lacrosse.
PRESASON POLLS – The Big Red was selected to finish fourth in the nation in both the Inside Lacrosse and USILA Coaches Preseason polls, the highest selection among all Ivy League schools.
11-WINS – The Big Red has posted at least 11 wins in each of the past four seasons and five times overall during head coach Jeff Tambroni’s eight-year tenure.
NEUTRAL ZONE – Since the start of the 2006 season, the Big Red is 6-1 in neutral site games, with two victories over Notre Dame (Chicago, 2006 and Long Island, 2007), a single victory over Albany (Princeton, 2007), Navy (Long Island, 2008), Denver (Dallas, Texas) and Harvard (Foxborough, Mass.). The lone loss came at the hands of Duke in the 2007 national semifinal (Baltimore, Md.).
SMARTY PANTS – Cornell has had six CoSIDA Academic At-Large All-Americans, including five during Coach Tambroni’s tenure, as David Key ‘01, Tim DeBlois ’04 and Casey Stevenson ’05 were named to the 2001, 2004 and 2005 second-team, respectively, while Mitch Belisle ’07 and Matt McMonagle ’07 earned first-team honors in 2007. Unlike other Academic All-America teams in which the selections are all from the same sport, the At-Large men’s team is highly competitive as it is comprised of athletes from fencing, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, rifle, skiing, swimming, tennis, volleyball, water polo and wrestling. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.20 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
RECAPPING 2008 — The No. 7/8 Big Red finished the 2008 season with an 11-4 overall record and its sixth straight Ivy League title with a mark of 5-1 in the conference. Cornell advanced to the NCAA tournament for the fifth straight season and finished the year ranking in the top 10 in the nation in face-off winning percentage (third - .610 pct.), scoring offense (eighth - 11.13 gpg.), win percentage (eighth – .733 pct.) and scoring margin (ninth – 2.60 gpg.).
EVERYBODY’S ALL-AMERICAN – For the second straight season, midfielder Max Seibald was named a first-team All-American. Joining Seibald on the 2008 All-American teams were John Glynn (second), Ryan Hurley (honorable
mention) and Matt Moyer (honorable mention). The Big Red has placed at least four members on the All-American teams for each of the past four seasons.
TICKLE THE (ALL) IVY – Following the 2008 season, four members of the Big Red – John Glynn, Ryan Hurley, Matt Moyer and Max Seibald – were named first-team All-Ivy, while two others – John Espey and Nick Gradinger – garnered honorable mention selections. Of the four first-team selections, Glynn, Hurley and Seibald were unanimous choices by the league’s coaches.
CONFERENCE WINS — Cornell had a 14-game Ivy League winning-streak snapped after losing to Princeton on April 21, 2008. The 14 consecutive victories was the second-longest stretch in school history behind only its NCAA record 39-game streak from 1973-79. The 14 straight wins was also the longest active conference winning streak in the nation at the time that it ended.
SOPHOMORE STANDOUT – In his first season as a starter, Ryan Hurley proved to be one of the great young offensive threats in Big Red history. His 60 points on the season were the most by a Cornell sophomore since Eamon McEneaney tallied 96 points in 1975. Other than McEneaney, the only other sophomore in Cornell history to register more points than Hurley did during the 2008 season was Mike French (94 in 1974). In recent years, the only sophomore that has come close to matching Hurley’s output was Sean Greenhalgh, who tallied 46 points in 2003.
UP NEXT – The Big Red plays its final game of the regular season next weekend as it plays host to in-state rival Hobart on Saturday, May 2, at 3 p.m.