No. 4 Cornell opened its 2019 campaign with a 19-16 win at Hobart on Friday night — a historic offensive output in the 138th edition of the rivalry.
Cornell, the final team to open its season in men’s DI and one of the subjects of The Season 2019
It was a game defined by unsettled situations and turnovers, with Cornell better able to capitalize and often finding players alone in front of the Hobart net. Hobart went 15 of 24 clearing. That, combined with strong wingplay from Cornell’s Brandon Salvatore (7GB) and Ryan Bray (5GB), eliminated the possession advantage from Hobart’s face-off man Matthew Pedicine. Pedicine went 22 of 39 and faced four different Big Red members. Cornell’s Paul Rasimowicz went 14 of 30; Australian National Team member Tim Graham took one draw.
The combined 35 goals was an all-time high in the series.
The game featured flurries of goals back and forth, with Cornell gradually extending its lead. After Cornell opened the scoring, Hobart responded with two goals in a span of 25 seconds. Toward the end of the first, though, Cornell went on its first three-goal run to take the lead. Petterson, twice in a row, was left uattended on the doorstep to score back-to-back goals 40 seconds apart, and Teat got free from his matchup to net his first with under a minute to play in the first and make it 6-4.
It was more of the same in the second, with Petterson doing much of the damage. Teat became truly unleashed late in the half and into the second half, scoring on three-straight Cornell goals to start the third as the Big Red started to pull away. But to its credit, Hobart would have none of that, responding each time with scoring runs of its own.
Justin Scott broke out with five goals and one assist, and Chris Aslanian ran the show with five assists. Quick, strong dodges from Ryan Archer led to a pair of goals.
Each team played two goalies. Hobart continued to split halves with CJ White (11GA, 3 saves) and Sam Lucchesi (8 GA, 6 saves). Cornell started Caelahn Bullen (12 GA, 6 saves), but he was spelled after 39:45 for freshman and highly-touted goalie Chayse Ierlan, who had five saves on four goals against.
The Big Red have little time to celebrate, as they welcome Lehigh on Sunday afternoon. Hobart prepares for a midweek game against Colgate.