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Cornell stays perfect at home, tops Harvard on Senior Day

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  • Kyle Evans 

Mission accomplished. Schoellkopf defended. 7-0. For the first time since 2015, Cornell men’s lacrosse has posted a perfect home record in the regular season. The seventh win came over Harvard in a 15-8 victory on Saturday afternoon, where nine different Big Red found the back of the net to clinch an Ivy Tournament bid for Cornell. With the win, Cornell improved to 8-4 (4-1 Ivy) and Harvard fell to 7-5 (1-4 Ivy).

Freshman Willem Firth and senior CJ Kirst led the Big Red attack with five points each, both off of two goals and three assists. Kirst also caused two turnovers on the ride while scooping three groundballs. Senior Michael Long was next, notching a goal and two assists for three points. Hugh KelleherRyan GoldsteinSpencer Wirtheim, and Andrew Daltonrounded out multi-point scorers. Each tallied two goals. Angelo Petrakis went 7-of-11 on the faceoff today and Marc Psyllos posted a team-high five groundballs. Wyatt Knust posted his sixth game this season with a save percentage above .500, stopping 16-of-24 shots for .667. The save total marks his second most of the season.

Harvard’s Logan Ip led the Crimson attack with three points on two goals and an assist. Sam King and Graham Blake followed with two goals apiece. Jack Peterson rounded out Harvard’s multi-point scorers with two assists. Andrew DeGennaro went 13-of-25 from the faceoff X, scooping a game-high six groundballs. Goalkeeper Christian Barnard made 13 saves, allowing 15 goals.

FIRST QUARTER

  • The Crimson kept Cornell off the boards for the first 6:42, holding a 1-0 advantage for nearly four minutes of clock before Cornell found the back of the net on a man-up goal from Willem Firth on a feed from Michael Long.
  • Both teams traded another score before Long found Firth again to take the Cornell lead at 3-2.
  • The Big Red never looked back, outscoring Harvard, 2-1, to close the first quarter.

SECOND QUARTER

  • A quiet second quarter saw just two goals, both by the Big Red.
  • Cornell held the Crimson scoreless in the quarter, marking the first time the Big Red held an opponent to no goals in a regulation quarter since doing it against Lehigh twice in the 2023 season (third and fourth quarter).

THIRD QUARTER

  • Harvard drew a contact to the head to open the second half, earning a one-minute unreleasable, but a save by Knust and a successful clear by the Big Red killed the penalty. Dalton capitalized to build Cornell’s lead out to five at 8-3.
  • The Crimson tagged back at the 9:05 mark, but Cornell remained unfazed. Faceoff man Angelo Petrakis fed CJ Kirst for Kirst’s 41st goal of the season 12 seconds later.
  • Cornell kept its foot on the gas to close the quarter with a 12-5 advantage, including a goal from Michael Long from distance to break the Crimson 10-man ride.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Harvard scored six seconds into the fourth and again at the 9:56 mark to cut the Cornell lead to five, but a 3-1 Big Red run closed the game with a 15-8 Cornell win.

BIG RED NOTABLES

  • Cornell’s defense held its opponent to fewer than 10 goals for the third time this season.
  • Wyatt Knust’s 16 saves mark the second most of his career.
  • The 15 goals scored by Cornell’s offense matched the second-most goals given up by Harvard netminder, Christian Barnard.
  • Jayson Singer, the primary mark on Harvard’s Sam King, held the Ivy League’s second-highest point scorer to his worst outing of the season (two points).
  • With Princeton’s win over Penn, Cornell controls its destiny for the Ivy League regular season title and tournament seeding. A win over Dartmouth next week gives the Big Red at least a share of the conference title and secures the No. 1 seed in the Ivy Tournament, making Cornell the host site.

UP NEXT

The Big Red hits the road next weekend for a chance at the Ivy League title, should Cornell defeat the Crimson. The Big Red will face Dartmouth at Scully-Fahey Field in Hanover, N.H. The Big Red and Big Green faceoff on Saturday, April 27 at 4:00 p.m. The contest will be streamed live via ESPN+.