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Petrakis nets game-winning goal to lift Cornell over Penn State

In a tale of two halves that had a wild ending, it was freshman face-off specialist Angelo Petrakis who was the hero for the Big Red, netting the game-winning goal with eight seconds left to give the #7 Cornell men’s lacrosse team an 18-17 victory over #2 Penn State on Sunday afternoon at the Crown Lacrosse Classic in Charlotte, N.C.

Angelo Petrakis takes the face-off during the Cornell Big Red men’s lacrosse team's contest against Towson on the road on Feb. 21, 2020, in Baltimore, Md.

With less than a minute remaining in the game, Cornell found itself trailing by one goal, 17-16. In a second half in which almost all of the momentum belonged to Penn State, the Big Red needed to find a way to net the equalizer, and time was running out. With the game on the line, Cornell turned to none other than Jeff Teat, the Big Red’s standout and team leader. With 18 seconds on the clock, Teat went one-on-one with his defender and won the battle, scoring the equalizer to tie the game up, 17-17.

The ensuing face-off created a wild ending. Petrakis headed to the face-off circle, and after fighting hard with Penn State’s Jake Glatz, both teams found themselves in a frantic scramble to gain possession of the ball on Penn State’s half of the field. Dom Doria came up with it in what was arguably the biggest ground ball of the game and found an open Petrakis. Petrakis took off running down the field in what was a one-man race, and drilled a shot home, netting the game-winning goal with eight seconds left in the game to give Cornell the victory.