BETHPAGE, N.Y. -- Cornell freshman goalie Christian Knight made a career-high 16 saves, including six in the dramatic fourth quarter, as No. 12 Cornell held on to defeat No. 20 Princeton 12-10 on Saturday at Bethpage High School. With the win, the Big Red finishes at 5-1 in the Ivy League and shares the conference crown with Harvard. Cornell has won a conference-best 28 championships, including two in a row and 11 of the past 12
Knight wasn't the only freshman that impressed on the day, as defender Marshall Peters had an outstanding game, scoring the first two goals of his collegiate career and adding three ground balls to go along with one caused turnover.
On the offensive end of the field, Cornell saw nine different players reach the point column, as the Big Red assisted on 8 of 12 goals. Tewaaraton Trophy nominee Connor Buczek led the way with one goal and three assists, while attackman John Edmonds registered his sixth hat trick of the season. Matt Donovan added two goals and one assist, including the lone tally of the fourth quarter for either team, and Dan Lintner finished with a pair of goals.
Senior face-off specialist Doug Tesoriero won 12 of 26 restarts and picked up eight ground balls to help the Big Red to a 34-26 advantage off the ground. Tesoriero also handed out two assists.
Cornell also held the edge in shots (41-36) and turned the ball over four fewer times than Princeton (17-13). The Tigers had three failed clears (22-25) to Cornell's two (19-21) and despite some impressive offense by both teams, neither managed to register a man-up goal.
Princeton (7-6, 2-4 Ivy) was led by Tucker Shanley's four goals, while Mike MacDonald handed out three assists. Ryan Ambler had three points (one goal, two assists), while Zach Currier scored twice.
In goal, Eric Sanschagrin made 13 saves in the loss.
The game was back-and-fourth throughout with seven ties, before back-to-back goals by Buczek and Donovan late in the third quarter gave Cornell a lead it would not relinquish.
Tom Schreiber registered his only point of the game with 31 seconds remaining in the third when he picked up a loose ball off a Knight save and put it back to make it an 11-10 contest at the final break.
Donovan scored during a stall warning with 8:27 to play and from there Knight took over the game, making five saves down the stretch to secure the win for the Big Red.
Despite the fact that just one goal was scored in the fourth quarter, both team's offenses were impressive through the first 45 minutes of the game.
Princeton jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind goals by Shanley and Currier, but back-to-back tallies from Edmonds and John Hogan knotted the game for the first time at 2. Connor Entenmann assisted on the goal by Edmonds, while Hogan scored on a tremendous individual effort.
The teams traded goals throughout the second quarter, with Cornell tallies from Lintner, Peters and Joe Paoletta, before consecutive goals by Ambler and Kip Orbin spanned halftime to give the Tigers a two-goal lead early in the third quarter. The goal by Peters, the first of his career, also gave the Big Red its first lead of the day.
Cornell scored the next three goals, including a pair of tallies from Edmonds and one from Peters, to regain the 8-7 lead at the 11:12 mark.
Two goals by Shanley, sandwiched around a tally from Lintner, knotted the game twice more before the Big Red went on its decisive 3-1 run to close the game.
Cornell (11-3) earned the second seed in the Ivy League tournament, thanks to Harvard holding the head-to-head win against the Big Red. Cornell will face Penn at 5 p.m. ET Friday in Cambridge, Massachusetts.