Virginia lacrosse scores 9-8 overtime win over Cornell

March 10, 2012

The Tewaaraton Trophy, given to the top player in college lacrosse, made an appearance at the Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium on Saturday. Yet the two primary candidates for the award, seniors Steele Stanwick of Virginia and Rob Pannell of Cornell, barely had a chance to show their credentials in Virginia’s 9-8 overtime victory before 17,138.

Stanwick assisted on the winning goal, scored by senior Colin Briggs, with 1 minute 35 seconds left in overtime for the top-ranked Cavaliers (7-0). Stanwick finished with a goal and three assists but was slowed by a hip injury and briefly left the game in the fourth quarter.

Pannell did not play for the third-ranked Big Red (3-1). He broke his foot in a victory over Army last weekend and is out indefinitely. He and Cornell’s other first-team all-American from last year, senior midfielder Roy Lang, each had an unusual day.

Pannell watched from the sideline with his left foot in a boot. Lang was moved to the second midfield unit, in part because he plays a lot of defense against athletic teams such as Virginia and partly because much of his offense is derived via passes from Pannell.

Lang played only 11 offensive possessions on Saturday and 21 possessions on defense, including several as a close defenseman. He finished with one goal and one groundball.

Meanwhile, it was a familiar hero for the Cavaliers. Briggs scored five goals in Virginia’s NCAA title victory over Maryland at M&T Bank Stadium last year. He also scored three goals against Cornell in the Face-Off Classic last year. Briggs finished Saturday with two goals.

“It was hard to run by their [defensemen] on a consistent basis,” Virginia Coach Dom Starsia said of the winning play. “So we had a two-man play with Steele and Matt White. Matt was able to draw a double. . . . I give Matt a lot of credit for initiating the play.”

White fed Stanwick behind the goal. Stanwick was open for a second and found Briggs three yards from the goal for the winning score.

The Cavaliers led 8-5 following a goal by Stanwick with 5:18 left in regulation. Yet the Big Red tied the game with a run that included two goals from junior Connor English, a transfer from Virginia. The tying goal came from junior Max Van Bourgondien with 1:35 left. It came after Virginia senior Rob Fortunato initially saved a shot from senior Chris Langton, but the ball rebounded high into the air and Van Bourgondien swatted it into the goal.

English and junior Steve Mock each had two goals for Cornell.

“Our team has a selfless mentality,” Cornell Coach Ben DeLuca said. “All of our offensive players are capable of quarterbacking the offense” without Pannell.

●MARYLAND 17, MARIST 4: Freshman Jay Carlson scored four goals and senior Joe Cummings had three goals and an assist for the host Terrapins (4-1).

●NAVY 12, LAFAYETTE 7: Sophomore attackman Tucker Hull had three goals and five assists for the visiting Midshipmen (2-3, 1-1 Patriot League), who snapped a three-game losing streak.

●GEORGETOWN 11, HARVARD 10: Senior midfielder Zack Angel (St. Mary’s Ryken) scored what proved to be the game-winning goal with seven minutes left for the Hoyas (2-1) at Multi-Sport Field.

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