Cornell surges past Maryland's defense for 16-8 first-round victory
COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Cornell methodically picked apart one of the nation's best defenses on its own homefield, dominated special teams and controlled every aspect of the game in topping No. 6-seed Maryland 16-8 on Sunday at Byrd Stadium in the first round of the 2013 NCAA tournament. The Big Red improved to 13-3, while the two-time defending national finalist Terrapins had their season end at 10-4.
Fifth-year senior Rob Pannell continued his assault on the Cornell record book with a seven-point day against Maryland, moving into second place on the school's career goal-scoring list with 143. That mark ranks eighth in Ivy League history. His favorite target, classmate Steve Mock, became the first Big Red player to post at least 50 goals in a season since Mike French in 1976 with his four scores. Mock also set a Cornell record with fastest consecutive goals by the same player when he found the back of the net twice within five seconds midway through the fourth quarter.
The duo might have spearheaded the offense, but it was the defense and faceoff game that set the tone. Senior AJ Fiore had 12 saves and Cornell dominated loose balls off the ground (43-29) and won 16 of 26 faceoffs behind Doug Tesoriero, who won 15 of 25 face-offs with 13 ground balls and even assisted on a goal in the win. Jordan Stevens caused five turnovers and won six ground balls and the unit of Tom Freshour, Jason Noble and Thomas Keith made play after play in front of Fiore.
The successful faceoff unit wasn't all special teams provided. Cornell converted on 2-for-4 extra-man opportunities and held the high-powered Terps to 0-for-3 on the extra man.
The first midfield trio of Max Van Bourgondien, Connor Buczek and Connor English each had a goal and an assist. In all, 11 players were credited with at least one point, with Matt Donovan posting two goals and an assist with four ground ball wins.