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Penn defense outlasts Cornell in double OT battle

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  • Kyle Evans 

One of the top offenses and one of the top defenses in the nation met at Franklin Field on Saturday afternoon. It took regulation and nearly two full overtime periods, but the defense emerged victorious with #14 Penn edging #7 Cornell, 11-10. The win moves Penn into sole possession of first in the Ivy League with a 10-3 (3-0 Ivy) record, while Cornell drops to 5-3 (2-1 Ivy).

Cornell’s attack was led by senior CJ Kirst, who posted a team-high four goals, four groundballs, and a caused turnover. Hugh KelleherMichael Long, and AJ Nikolic followed. Nikolic tallied two goals in the contest, while Long and Kelleher each recorded a goal and an assist. Marc Psylloswent 12-for-22 at the faceoff X and caused a turnover, and freshman goalkeeper Matthew Tully made 11 saves for a .500 save percentage.

Penn’s attack lay on the shoulders of Cam Rubin, who tallied six goals on 13 shots. James Shipley followed with three points on a goal and two assists. Griffin Scane and Casey Mulligan rounded out the multi-point scorers with two goals and two assists, respectively. Netminder Emmet Carroll posted 17 saves in the contest.


  • The Big Red powered out to a hot start early. Kirst was the first to find the back of the net when he buried a feed from Kelleher just 31 seconds into the contest.
  • Penn had an answer just under a minute later, but AJ Nikolic responded with a solo goal at the 12-minute mark.
  • Kirst hit his second of the day in less than five minutes on the man-up to give Cornell a two-goal lead, but Penn again had an answer less than a minute later.
  • Cornell posted three straight to build out a 6-2 advantage, but the Quakers strung two together before the end of the first to cut the Cornell lead back down to two.


  • Only two goals were exchanged in the second period. Penn scored just 2:09 into the quarter, followed by over six scoreless minutes before Kelleher scored with 6:37 remaining in the quarter to stop a 3-0 Penn scoring run.


  • The Quakers came out of the locker room with the hot stick, scoring twice to tie the game at seven before both teams began trading goals to pull up a tied score at nine after 45 minutes of play.


  • Penn took its first lead of the day at 10:50 in the fourth, and a scoring drought of nearly six minutes followed for both teams.
  • Kirst found the net on a solo goal with four minutes remaining to tie things back up at 10.
  • The Big Red took the next offensive possession after forcing a Penn turnover of the faceoff, but Cornell came up empty after a save by Carroll.
  • The Big Red defense held strong forcing a Penn timeout with 14 seconds left of the shot clock. Tully made a stop of his own to put Cornell back on the attack, but no score led to overtime at Franklin Field


  • Each team had two offensive possessions in the first overtime period, but clean saves by both goaltenders kept the teams off the board.
  • The second overtime began with a Cornell faceoff win, but a Big Red turnover less than a minute later gave Penn a chance on offense. The Quakers took advantage, putting away the game-winner 1:58 into the second overtime.


  • CJ Kirst now stands alone as Cornell’s fifth all-time point scorer with 200.
  • Kirst is tied for the third most goals in a Cornell career with 147. Former teammate John Piatelli shares the spot.
  • Cornell topped Penn’s goal’s allowed average, scoring 10 when the Quakers averaged 9.78 per game.


The Big Red faces a quick turnaround when the team hosts #3/#3 Syracuse on Tuesday, April 2 on Schoellkopf Field. Faceoff is set for 7 p.m. and the game will be streamed via ESPN+.