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.
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.
• 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.
Kevin has followed and promoted the game of lacrosse since May 19, 1974.
The same day the Philadelphia Flyers won the Cup, the Philadelphia Wings were introduced to Neibauer and Philadelphia.
Kevin has covered many sports, including baseball, football, basketball, and.. lacrosse. A former licensed football referee and baseball umpire, Kevin brings a unique insight to his game coverage.
A published writer in JustHockey Magazine, Kevin covered the American Hockey League as well as a monthly story on a pugilist where Kevin used the pen name, The Rink Rat. Neibauer turned his attentions to lacrosse for a few years and does his part, whether podcasting or writing to grow the game. Kevin branched out to his roots and currently provides insight for all Philadelphia teams for Edge of Philly as well as his full-time duties with LaxPhilly.