Ithaca, New York - #7 Cornell scored five straight goals to open the third quarter and break open a close 6-4 game at the half, to take control of the game and earn a 14-7 win over #17 Brown in the semifinals of the Ivy League Lacrosse Playoffs, presented by Champion, at Schoellkopf Field.
The win sends the Big Red (10-4) into the Ivy League Championship finals on Sunday against Princeton, starting at 12:00 noon. The Bears complete their regular season with an 8-6 overall record.
The first ever Ivy League Playoffs featured all four teams that earned a share of the Ivy League Championship – Brown, Cornell, Princeton and Yale. In the first semifinal Friday evening, Princeton beat Yale, 7-6.
The Big Red scored five straight goals, two at the end of the first quarter goals by Cornell's Jon Thompson and Chris Ritchie, and three more by Steve Mock, Ryan Hurley, and Mock again to pull ahead by a 5-2 margin with 7:38 left in the quarter.
Junior David Hawley stopped the Big Red momentum by scoring consecutive goals for the Bears to cut Cornell's lead to 6-4 at the half.
Brown stayed in the game behind the Herculean effort by junior goalie Matt Chriss, who made 13 first half saves, many from point blank range. The Big Red also held a 10-2 first half advantage in face-offs, and out-shot the Bears by a 30-9 margin.
“Matt Chris turned in a heroic effort in the first half and we were only down by two goals,” said Brown head coach Lars Tiffany. “We have a potent offense, but the lack of possession time really hurt.”
Cornell broke the game open by scoring five straight times to open the third quarter, and out scored the Bears by a 7-1 margin to build a 13-5 lead heading into the final quarter.
Hawley's two goals led the Bears, while Seligmann added a goal and three assists. Junior Andrew Feinberg netted a goal and one assist, while senior Charlie Kenney and senior Thomas Muldoon also scored for the Bears.
Chris completed the day with a career high 18 saves.
Cornell was led by Ryan Hurley and Mock with four goals each. Rob Pannell, the Ivy League's Player of the Year, has two goals and three assists.