PHILADELPHIA -- After a slow start saw the fourth-ranked Big Red fall behind 3-1 to Penn, Cornell completely dominated the middle two quarters en route to a 17-9 victory on Saturday. The Big Red improved to 8-0 on the season (2-0 Ivy) and is now the only unbeaten team in Division I men's lacrosse.
Nine different Big Red players found the scoring column, with Dan Lintner (four goals, one assist), Connor Buczek (four goals, one assist), and John Hogan (four assists, one goal) registering five points apiece. Matt Donovan chipped in three goals and one assist, while John Edmonds tallied three goals to round out Cornell's multi-point scorers.
Defensively, the Big Red tallied eight caused turnovers on 19 Penn miscues. Jordan Stevens led the defense with four caused turnovers and six ground balls in front of freshman goalie Christian Knight, who made eight saves in 57:21.
In the face-off circle, Cornell won 18-of-30 restarts, with Doug Tesoriero going 16-of-28 and senior Cole McCormack winning the final two of the game. Tesoriero also scooped up 12 ground balls to become Cornell's all-time career ground ball leader, surpassing the late Paul Schimoler (299; 1986-89).
Cornell held huge advantages in shots (54-29), shots on goal (33-17), and ground balls (42-27). The Big Red was nearly perfect on the clear (17-of-18), while holding the Quakers to a 12-of-15 performance. Cornell turned the ball over a season-low 13 times.
Penn (3-3, 0-2 Ivy) was led by Nick Doktor's four assists and one goal, while Zack Losco and Kevin Brown had two goals apiece. In goal, Brian Feeney was called on to make 16 saves.
After Edmonds scored the first goal of the game at the 12:19 mark, the Quakers netted three unanswered tallies to make it a 3-1 contest with 6:59 remaining in the first quarter. Exactly 50 seconds later, Lintner weaved his way through the Penn defense and made it a 3-2 game.
Kevin Brown made it a two-goal Penn advantage once again (4-2), but that was as good as it would get for the home team, as the Big Red scored the next six goals to open a 12-1 scoring run that saw Cornell go up 14-5 with just over two minutes remaining in the third quarter. The stretch featured all four of Buczek's goals, including a natural hat trick over a span of 5:16 early in the third quarter.
Goals from Chris Hupfeldt and Losco closed the third and opened the fourth quarter, but the visitors outscored the Quakers 3-2 the rest of the way to account for the 17-9 final.