Providence, Rhode Island – Cornell earned its ninth consecutive Ivy League Championship with an 18-5 win over Brown Saturday afternoon at rainy and muddy Stevenson Field. The win lifts the Big Red to 10-2 overall, 5-0 in the Ivy League and the outright league title, while Brown falls to 5-8 overall, 1-4 in Ivy play.
Cornell led from start to finish and out-shot the Bears by a 51-25 margin. Goals by Roy Lang, Jack Dudley and David Lau gave the Big Red an early 3-0 advantage. Brown senior Andrew Feinberg (Owing Mills, MD) opened Brown's scoring to cut Cornell's lead to 3-1 with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
The Big Red came back with goals by Steve Mock and Dudley to hold a 5-1 advantage after one quarter.
Bears' junior Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA) scored early in the second quarter to get the Bears to within 5-2 of the Big Red. But Cornell scored the game's next seven goals, three in the second quarter and four more to open the fourth quarter to take control of the game.
Schlesinger's second goal of the gamewith 5:17 left in the third quarter gave Brown it's first score in nearly 30 minutes. Senior Jeffrey Foote (Hudson, OH) and sophomore George Sherman (Greenwich, CT) also scored goals for the Bears.
The Bears struggled to take care of the ball with 27 turnovers, while Cornell turned it over 13 times.
Bears' goalie Matt Chriss (Lutherville, MD) had trouble with the muddy conditions and made nine saves, while allowing 16 goals. Freshman Will Round (Mt. Lebanon, PA) came in with 9:17 remaining and made one save, while allowing two goals.
Big Red junior All-American attackman Rob Pannell was the offensive star with two goals and five assists. Mock and Lang netted three goals each for Cornell.
The Bears will wrap-up their 2011 regular season next Saturday, April 30, against Dartmouth in Hanover, New Hampshire.
Pictured: Rob Schlesinger '12. photo by dspics.net