Cornell Wins Thriller Against No. 2 Penn State, Bears Spoil Tiffany’s Return To Providence And More: NCAA Men’s Lacrosse DI Recap — Week 5
2020 NCAA Men’s Division I Lacrosse: Week 5 Top Moments
Note: Take a look at this week’s Inside Lacrosse Media Poll. All references to team rankings are based on that poll for the different week’s rankings.
Top Matchups From College Lacrosse
Cornell – Penn State
Big players make big plays in big moments. You always count on your go-to guy to step up in critical situations.
It makes it even better when you get a game-winning goal from a freshman, let alone faceoff midfielder with eight seconds to play.
That’s exactly what happened for Cornell, as Angel Petrakis actually lost the clamp after a game-tying goal by Jeff Teat only moments prior, but was able to get open downfield after a scrap for the groundball and had an open lane to the net.
Petrakis went 18-for-29 on the day at the faceoff X, good for a 62 percent win percentage.
Cornell took a commanding 12-5 lead over the Nittany Lions by the half (the Big Red were up 10-2 at one point), but Penn State came roaring back to take a lead late in the game that Cornell was able to overcome.
Grant Ament finished with five assists for Penn State, while TJ Malone had four goals and an assist. Mac O’Keefe had three goals and an assist in the losing effort.
Jeff Teat led all scorers in the game with six points on three goals and three assists, including the game-tying goal with little time left in the fourth quarter. Michael Long had a goal and four assists for the Big Red in the win.
Cornell will face the only other team to have beaten Penn State since the Nittany Lions’ final game in 2018 against Michigan on April 28 — the Yale Bulldogs — on Saturday.
Penn State will look to regroup and take on Furman tomorrow night.
Brown – Virginia
Brown took down the Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday in what was Lars Tiffany’s first return to Providence since leaving for the Wahoos in 2016 .
Ryan Aughavin scored his third goal of the game in what was arguably the most important one of the day with 42 seconds remaining to seal a win for the Bears over No. 8 Virginia.
Colby Gendron scored the go-ahead goal with 6:17 to play in the game as Brown held off a late push by the Cavaliers.
Phil Goss made nine of his 16 saves in the second half to help hold off Virginia, while Cavaliers goaltender Alex Rode had 17 saves himself for the contest.
Goss was named the Ivy League Men’s Lacrosse Player of the Week for his effort.
The Bears were down four goals at the half (they were actually down 8-2 with 1:47 left in the second quarter), but opened the third quarter on a five-goal run that launched Brown back into the game that would eventually see the Ivy League school win.
Michael Kraus had four assists to lead all scorers, while Aughavin had three goals and one assist for Brown to lead the scoring effort for the Bears in addition to the game-winner.
The defending champs will look to take on Maryland on Saturday, while Brown heads to Cambridge to take on the Crimson of Harvard.
NCAA Lacrosse Quick Mentions
- From the NCAA Division II Men’s Lacrosse world, in what was our featured game of the week, then No. 10 Lenoir-Rhyne faced No. 1 Limestone on Sunday, with Lenoir-Rhyne emerging from the aftermath with an 18-16 win.
- Georgetown has won its fifth straight game and now has a 5-0 record with its most recent win over Towson. The Hoyas have also beaten Mount St. Mary’s, Fairfield, UMBC and Lafayette thus far in the year. While Georgetown’s strength of schedule thus far hasn’t been against top-level competition, that will all change on Saturday as the Hoyas will face the North Carolina Tar Heels in Chapel Hill.
Top Plays From This Past Weekend In NCAA Men’s Division I College Lacrosse
No. 1 – Angelo Petrakis Has A Bone To Pick Over Paul George’s Trademark Phrase Of “Ball Game”
The call said it all, as Angelo Petrakis’ game-winning goal with 8 seconds left capped a frenetic fourth quarter and @CornellLacrosse defeated Penn State 18-17. Absolutely wild game with a playoff vibe in Charlotte pic.twitter.com/ldJbde2AG6
— US Lacrosse Magazine (@USLacrosseMag) March 8, 2020
No. 2 – Ball Game, Part 2
— Brown Men’s Lacrosse (@BrownLacrosse) March 8, 2020
No. 3 – Jake Weinman With The BTB
— NCAA Lacrosse (@NCAALAX) March 7, 2020
Jake Weinman had a BTB beauty against Delaware. You may remember the memorable play from earlier this season from Marist’s win over Army with Jason Intermesoli sending a no-look celebration on an assist to Joe Tierney.
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