Cornell Escapes Furious Yale Comeback, 13-12

Kevin M. Neibauer
LaxPhilly- A Division of the Edge of Philly Sports Network.

In the Ivy League Opener, the #11 Yale Bulldogs (3-2, 0-1 Ivy) enlisted a furious fourth quarter comeback but, fell short 13-12.

The #3 Cornell Big Red improved to 6-0, and 1-0 in the Ivy.

In the lacrosse world, runs, or continuous goals, are very commonplace and this one was no exception..

Let’s Get Started

Yale jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 3:50 played thanks to Thomas Brace (1g) at 12:59 for his fifth of the campaign.

Matt Brandau assisted Will Cabrera (1cg).

Cornell saw and raised the Yale run supplied by CJ Kirst (4g), John Piatelli (3,g, 1a), Matt Licciardi (2g, 1 helper) and Piatelli notching his 17th to end the first quarter with the big Red up, 4-2.

More Fireworks

Yale took their turn with a rally.

Brandau (1g, 2a) Chris Lyons (2g) and Christian Croop switched the lead the Yale direction at 5-4.

Then, the Mother of all runs was unveiled by Cornell. Kirst banged his 17th with help from Michael Long (3a).

Aiden Blake (2g, 1a), Billy Coyle (1g) and Blake hitting his 18th, ended the half with an 8-5 Cornell lead.

To the Third and More Cornell Glory

The onslaught picked right back up with Licciardi , Blake,on the advantage, and Kirst pushing the run to seven goals with the defense not allowing a Yale goal.

The clock ran out and Yale was staring at an 11-5 uphill battle.

Can Yale Come Back?

Piatelli made it eight goals and a 13-8 game.

As one sided as the third quarter was, the tables completely turned the Bulldogs way.

Leo Johnson (2g) kick started a Yale comeback.

Brian Tevlin (2g), Chris Lyons (2g). and Jack Monfort (1g), and a second from Tevlin closed it to a 12-10 game.

Kirst stopped the run and saved the the bacon for Cornell.

Johnson and Lyons picked right back up to get it to 13-12.

Yale had the ball for an extended time but we’re unable to penetrate the suddenly stout Big Red defense and time would run out.

Game Info

• Shots went the way Yale, 51-47 but, on goal leaned to Cornell, 31-30.

• Turnovers were Yale with 18 to Cornell’s 15.

• Ground Balls leaned the Bulldogs way, 49-38

• Extra man chances revealed Yale going 0 for 2 and Cornell hitting 2 of 3.

• Nicholas Ramsay dominated from the dot for Yale with 21 of 28 and 16 ground balls.

• Jared Plaquette allowed 13 goals with 18 stops for Yale and Chase Ierlan also tuned aside 18 allowing 12 markers for Cornell.



Gary Groob
Gary Groob

Gary Groob has been involved with Lacrosse for the majority of his life, whether playing, coaching, or covering the sport for the media.

An avid fan, with a real drive about helping to “grow the game”, Gary became part of podcasts about the game in 2010. Through the podcasts, Mr. Groob was given an opportunity to write about lacrosse, and the rest as they say, is history.

Through many miles (flying and driving) Gary has made inroads with the National Lacrosse League, Major Series Lacrosse League, the Ontario Lacrosse Association, as well as the Arena Lacrosse League, covering the leagues, their teams, and players, working for, and in concert with all of them.

In the year 2020, Mr. Groob was made the media person for the Arena Lacrosse League, voted onto the board of directors of the Brampton Excelsiors Lacrosse Club, as well as being made administrator of the Lacrosse page “Global Lacrosse” with a membership of 9000 members in over 90 Countries. Gary was also made an administrator of Lacrosse History Past Present and Future in 2022.

Mr. Groob co-hosts a weekly Lacrosse show on Spanglish Sports World, and ZingoTV channel 250, as well as writes a weekly lacrosse column for La Portada Canada News (both in print, and online).

Gary also hosts a Lacrosse talk show and podcast for The Edge of Philly Sports Network, seen live Sunday nights at 9pm (ET), and archived on the Edge of Philly YouTube page, as well as Spotify.

Mr. Groob’s other sports interests include Hockey, Football, Boxing, Wrestling, and Baseball, competing competitively in Boxing and Wrestling for many years.

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