With their backs against the wall and their season on the line, No. 9 Cornell turned to the place they’ve found gold dozens of times before: Teat to Petterson.
With four seconds remaining, No. 51 found No. 45 off of an enplane restart and sent the Big Red to the Ivy League Tournament thanks to a 14-13 win over rival Princeton amid the snowflakes in Ithaca, N.Y.
The victory came in the wake of a 12-10 deficit with fewer than 5:30 remaining, and in opposition to Tiger attackman Michael Sowers’ seven-goal, one assist performance. To highlight the productivity of the junior’s day, he scored his 100th career goal and became Princeton’s all-time leading scorer.
Around the Ivy League, Penn extended its win streak to nine with a non-conference win over Vermont, 12-10, in Wilton, Conn. They finished the Ivy League regular season 6-0 and will be the No. 1 seed in next weekend’s conference tournament, which will be played at Columbia. Yale topped Harvard in a rivalry game to finish 5-1 in conference and claim the No. 2 seed. They’ll play the Big Red in the Semifinals, a rematch of the Bulldogs’ 16-11 win in New Haven, Conn., on March 16. Brown finished 3-3 in the conference will be the No. 4 seed.
Princeton finished 2-4 in the league, 7-7 overall.
Through the first 20 minutes, Cornell built a 5-2 lead and looked ready to runaway and hide, but the Tigers closed the half on a 4-1 run, all unassisted goals, including two in the final minute, to head into halftime tied 6-6. The Tigers responded to two Big Red goals to open the third quarter with a 5-1 run, giving away to the wild final frame and Petterson’s game-winner.
The senior led Cornell scorers with four goals and three assists, and John Piatelli finished with four goals and two assists. Both goalies played pretty well — Princeton’s Erik Peters made 15 saves, while Cornell’s Chayse Ierlan made 12, including one as time expired in which Charlie Durbin dodged from the midline after a timeout following a Cornell face-off violation. That was a lone dark spot for the Big Red’s Paul Rasimowicz, who won 19-of-29 draws and picked up 14 groundballs.