Men’s Lacrosse Off to a Red Hot Start in 2014

Updated: September 13, 2014


The Cornell Big Red lacrosse team has started the 2014 season undefeated.  After beating Hobart 12-8 and Binghamton 14-8, the Big Red has had an interesting start to the season.  With the graduation of a big senior class, there were obvious changes that would take place at the start of the season.  For instance, Matt Donovan appears to be the quarterback of the attack this year, as the ball runs mostly through him.  Connor Buczek is still a very relevant and prevailing player that makes his presence known on the field.  With that being said, the motto of the team on offense appears to be to GIVE THE BALL TO LINTNER.  Dan Lintner, a fellow attackman, has started the season with 10 goals, 4 versus Hobart and 6 versus Binghamton.  Lintner is a very crafty finisher, with great hands and awareness of where the goal is.  Constantly moving and trying to get open, Lintner makes it very hard for defenders to guard him.  In net, Brennan Donville has started the past two games and put up solid numbers. From the past two games, Donville has saved 67.4% of the shots he faced, making 8 saves in both games.

Also a new look for this season is players in different positions. Sean Doyle, a native attackman, has gotten a couple of runs playing midfield. When asked how he felt about the position, he mentioned how he never played it before, but enjoys dodging against midfielders as opposed to Defensemen. John Edmonds, a midfielder, has also gotten significant playing time at Attack.  It seems as though Coach Kerwick is trying out new things early in the season to see how it plays out.  We will see how this pans out as the season progresses.

One thing that hasn’t changed is the dominant performance that Doug Tesoriero has provided at the face-off circle.  Over the past two games, Tesoriero has won 34 out of 47 draws (72.3%), providing the Big Red offense extra possessions and more chances to score.  Additionally, Jordan Stevens and Tom Freshour are still anchoring the defense.  With these two established players, they are showing the ropes to new Defenseman Marshall Peters, who shows promising signs for the future starting as a freshman.

The Big Red play the University of Michigan for the first time in NCAA history tomorrow at 1:00 pm.  The Wolverines are a relatively new team, entering its 3rdseason as a Division program.  This should be a good test for Cornell as they look to continue their win streak and go 3-0.

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