Cornell stomps Army in men's quarters
STONY BROOK, N.Y. -- Ryan Hurley had four goals and an assist and Rob Pannell scored twice and had two assists to help seventh-seeded Cornell cruise past unseeded Army 14-5 Sunday in the NCAA lacrosse quarterfinals.
The Big Red (12-5), who fell in overtime to Syracuse in the 2009 championship game, will face unseeded Notre Dame (9-6) in the semifinals Saturday in Baltimore. Cornell is in the national semifinals for the third time in four years and 12th overall.
"When we gathered together for our first meeting back in the fall after losing 16 seniors, there were a lot of questions about where Cornell was going to be and a lot of discussion about being the team without so many of those superstars who graduated back in 2009," Big Red coach Jeff Tambroni said.
"But coming into this week's game, I give a lot of credit to Ryan Hurley, one of our senior captains, and Pierce Derkac, another of our senior captains, and the way they rallied this team. We came out and played from start to finish. ... We're happy to be moving on and hope to take advantage of our opportunity and trip to the Final Four."
Army (11-6) had hoped the Final Four would be its destination after having upset second-seeded Syracuse, the two-time defending champion, in double overtime in the opening round, the Black Knights' first NCAA tournament victory since 1993.
"It's a very sad time for all of us right now," junior attackman Jeremy Boltus said. "We had high expectations going into this game."
Cornell jumped to a 4-0 lead in the first quarter on goals by David Lau, Steve Mock - who had three in the game - and two by Hurley. After Jeremy Boltus found the net for the Black Knights with 2:04 left in the period, Hurley assisted on a Mock goal and scored another in the first five minutes of the second quarter to make it 6-1. By halftime, Cornell was ahead 8-3.
"I think the biggest thing was they dominated the time of possession," Black Knights coach Joe Alberici said, emphasizing the Big Red's advantage in ground balls, which was 18-13 in the first half and 38-24 for the game.
Tyler Seymour had a goal and an assist and Tyler Oates also scored for Army.
"Our team has really grown up pretty quickly as this year has rolled on," Hurley said. "You come into this game playing a team like Army that knocks out the No. 2 team in the tournament, and you don't really see any freshmen out there. They're experienced players on our team."
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