April 25, 2009
PROVIDENCE, RI - Senior Reade Seligmann (Essex Falls, NJ) scored off a feed from senior Kyle Hollingsworth (Darien, CT) with 4:48 remaining to break an 8-8 tie and help lead the 13th-ranked Brown men's lacrosse team (12-2, 4-1) to an 11-9 upset win over #2 Cornell (9-3, 5-1) on Saturday afternoon in front of a capacity crowd at Stevenson Field. The loss is the Big Red's first League loss of the season, while the 12th win marks the second-highest season win total for a Brown team, matching the 12 wins accomplished in both 1985 and 1992.
The Bears fell behind, 1-0, as George Calvert fired the ball past senior Jordan Burke (Potomac, MD) 5:06 into the game. However, Hollingsworth tied the game 3:03 later with his first of three goals. Junior Andrew Feinberg (Owings Mills, MD), who led all Brown scorers with five points, converted a man-up chance for the Bears just 36 seconds later to give Brown a 2-1 advantage after the first quarter.
The Big Red opened the second quarter with back-to-back goals just 48 seconds apart in the opening minute to take a 3-2 lead, but Holingsworth's second of the game with 12:56 remaining in the quarter tied the game at 3-3.
Again, Cornell responded with two quick goals, this time in a span of 39 seconds, as the Big Red took their largest lead of the game, 5-3, with 10:17 left in the first half.
Junior Thomas Muldoon (Oakton, VA) netted an unassisted goal with 6:49 left before halftime to bring Brown to within 5-4 at the break.
Muldoon then opened the second half with another unassisted score to knot the game at 5-5, as the score became tied for the fourth time of the afternoon. A Rob Pannel goal 2:09 later gave Cornell a 6-5 lead, which the Big Red would hold for the net next seven minutes.
Feinberg fed Hollingsworth for his third goal of the game with 2:18 left in the third quarter to tie the game at 6-6 and then Feinberg notched an unassisted goal 1:02 later to give Brown a 7-6 lead, and the Bears never trailed again, though Cornell did tie the game on two more occasions, including a Max Seibald score with 12 seconds left in the third quarter, which knotted the game at 7-7 heading into the final 15 minutes.
Brown outscored the Big Red, 4-2, in the last quarter, beginning with Feinberg's third of the day and second man-up goal, assisted by Seligmann, with 9:53 left to play. Cornell's Rocco Romero tied the score one last time, firing the ball past Burke with 7:25 to go, but Brown scored three straight goals over a period of 3:55 in the final 4:48 to pull away from the Big Red.
Following Seligmann's goal with 4:48 left, freshman Rob Schlesinger (Medfield, MA) connected on a feed from Feinberg just 50 seconds later to put Brown up by two, 10-8, forcing Cornell to call a timeout.
The Big Red had chances after coming back from the huddle, including a 30-second man-up opportunity with 2:17 remaining, but Burke and the rest of the Brown defense clamped down with Burke stopping four Cornell shots during this time, including one on a Seibald attempt with 2:20 left, to hold the two-goal advantage for the Bears. Folowing Burkes' fourth save during this span, the Bears came up with the ground ball and raced down the other way. Senior Brady Williams (Columbus, OH) increased Brown's lead to 11-8 with 53 seconds left, scoring off a feed from Seligmann into an open net, as the Cornell goalie had come out to help pressure the ball.
The Bid Red got one more goal with just four seconds remaining for the 11-9 final.
For the game, Cornell outshot Brown, 45-38, including a 17-9 margin in the fourth quarter, as Burke made seven of his 18 saves in the final 15 minutes. The Bears' man-up and man-down units played a big part in Brown's success, as the man-down unit held Cornell off the board in four man-up chances and the man-up unit converted on two of Brown's four chances.
The Bears close out the season with a chance to tie for the 2009 Ivy League Title, when they face-off against Princeton, also 4-1 in the Ivy League, next Saturday at 1:00 p.m. in New Jersey. A Brown win would give the Bears the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, while a Princeton win would give Cornell the League's bid, as the Big Red defeated the Tigers earlier this season.