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Men’s lacrosse team falls to third-ranked Cornell
February 29, 2012Tweet
Binghamton (1-1) battled the third-ranked Cornell Big Red (1-0) to the wire, before falling 17-12 at Schoellkopf Field in Ithaca on Feb. 28. The Bearcats held a 10-9 lead with 4:45 remaining in the third period before surrendering a 6-0 Big Red run that was propelled by senior All-American Rob Pannell, who finished the evening with a career-high six goals.
Cornell took an early 2-0 lead, but Binghamton would not budge as sophomore attackman Brandon Planck fired a shot over the left shoulder of Cornell keeper Brian O’Donnell, knotting the game up at two with 6:18 remaining in the first period of play. After three straight goals from the home squad, junior midfielder Tyler Perrelle twisted and turned his way from behind the net and unleashed a rocket into the back of the net to finish the first period with the Bearcats down just 5-3.
Perrelle made it 5-4 by recovering a loose ball and slotting one home between the legs of the Cornell goalie. After a goal from Cornell’s Chris Langton made it 8-5, sophomore midfielder Kelly Donigan’s goal cut the score to 8-6 heading into intermission.
Binghamton came out blazing in the second-half, as sophomore Michael Antinozzi scored just 15 seconds into the third quarter. A little over three minutes later, senior long stick midfielder Ben Waldron picked up a ground ball and found an open Planck for his second goal of the contest and third of the season. Now with the score at 9-7, Binghamton reeled off three straight goals, capped off by two long-range efforts from Antinozzi. The sophomore midfielder rifled a 15-yard shot in the upper left corner that gave Binghamton its first and only lead of the game at 10-9 with 4:45 left in the third.
Cornell regained its footing by going on a 6-0 run that was bridged between the third and fourth quarters. Senior Rob Pannell added two goals and three assists to his six-goal, four-assist effort during this stretch. Senior attackman John Clark added a pair of goals to cut the lead down to just three with 3:40 remaining, but Cornell added a pair of late goals to put the game out of reach.
“I’m proud of the way our team performed against an excellent Cornell team,” head coach Scott Nelson said. “Our kids fought hard and we were battling right until the end. We had a few lapses on defense during the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter that proved to be the difference. There were certainly good things to take away from tonight’s game, but we can certainly improve.”