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Cornell Claims Third-Straight Ivy Title With Win at Dartmouth

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  • Kyle Evans 

A win in the woods would make Cornell men’s lacrosse the Ivy League outright regular season champions. A win is what the men’s lacrosse team got. The Big Red topped Dartmouth, 15-10, on Scully-Fahey Field on Saturday evening in the final Ivy League regular season game. The win moved the Big Red to 9-4 (5-1 Ivy) while Dartmouth fell to 3-10 (0-6 Ivy).

Cornell’s offense was led by senior CJ Kirst, who tallied seven points on four goals and three assists. Freshman Ryan Goldstein followed with two goals and three assists for five points. Danny Caddigan put away a hat trick for his three points. AJ Nikolic dished out two assists and Hugh Kelleher put away two goals. Luke Gilmartin rounded out the Big Red’s multi-point scorers with a goal and an assist. Danny Boccafola caused a team-high two turnovers. Wyatt Knust made 18 saves for a .720 save percentage.

Dartmouth had four players record a multi-point outing. Tommy Rogan, Henry Bonnie, and Brandon Ventarola each tallied three points on two goals and an assist. Nate Davis got there with a two-assist day. Mitchell Myers won 15-of-23 faceoffs, grabbing six groundballs. Despite allowing 15 goals, Mason Morel still ended with a .571 save percentage, stopping 20 shots.

FIRST QUARTER

  • It took the Big Red just 13 seconds to get its first shot off, and four more seconds to open up the scoring when Luke Gilmartinscooped the groundball on the follow-up and buried the fourth goal of his career.
  • Jack Follows connected with Brendan Staub in transition to secure the first point of the defender’s career to take a 2-0 lead.
  • Dartmouth battled back to a 3-2 Big Green deficit, but the Cornell attack closed out the quarter with three unanswered goals to lead 6-2 after the first 15 minutes of action.

SECOND QUARTER

  • Dartmouth got the first tally in the second quarter, but junior attackman Danny Caddigan used assists from Ryan Goldsteinand Luke Gilmartin to bring the lead out to five.
  • The Big Red and Big Green traded goals to close out the second to keep Cornell’s lead stable at 10-5.

THIRD QUARTER

  • A quiet third quarter saw only two goals, both by the visiting team. On the other side of the ball, Wyatt Knust made 10 saves in the third quarter alone to keep Dartmouth scoreless.

FOURTH QUARTER

  • Cornell built its lead out to 15-6 with 5:58 to go in the game. Dartmouth used the remaining time for a four-goal run to make the final score a five-goal game, but the damage was already done, and the Big Red secured its ninth win of the season.

BIG RED NOTABLES

  • With the win, Cornell solidifies its third-straight Ivy League regular season title, and second-straight outright. The last time an Ivy team won three consecutive regular season conference titles spanned from 2013-15. It was the Big Red who did it then, too.
  • The Ivy title is the 32nd in Cornell history.
  • Knust’s 18 saves are the second most of his career. The save percentage marks his second above .700 this season.
  • Kirst’s seven-point day marks his seventh game this season with five or more points, and the 25th of his career.

UP NEXT

Including the results from the other games around the league, Princeton locked in the second seed with its win over Yale and will rematch the Bulldogs next week in Ithaca. Cornell will take a fourth-seeded Penn team that is coming off an extra week’s rest after falling to Princeton on April 20 in the Quakers’ season finale. Both semifinal matchups are set to go down on Friday, May 3. Cornell’s game against Penn has a rough start time of 8:30 p.m., depending on the conclusion of the #2 vs. #3 semifinal, on Schoellkopf Field. The 2024 Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Tournament will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.