Because the crew prepares for the stretch run of the common season, No. 6 males’s lacrosse will hit the highway for a excessive caliber matchup in opposition to No. 7 Military on Saturday, April 15. That is Cornell’s final non-conference sport of the common season, and it holds heavy implications for each groups’ postseason plans.
The Purple (8-2, 3-1 Ivy) is coming off a midweek victory in opposition to Marquette on Tuesday, April 11. Cornell flexed its muscle groups on offense and protection, leaping out to a 10-1 lead within the second quarter and cruising to a 21-11 win.
The Cornell protection, anchored by senior defenseman Gavin Adler and senior goalkeeper Chayse Ierlan, ranks ninth within the nation in scoring protection, permitting 10 objectives per sport. The Purple can be 14th within the nation in precipitated turnovers per sport, averaging 9.30.
Junior attacker CJ Kirst will proceed his quest to interrupt the Cornell single-season purpose report. The present mark was set final season by John Piatelli ’22, who scored 66 objectives on the Purple’s run to the Nationwide Championship. Sitting at 49 objectives by way of his first 10 video games, Kirst is on monitor to cross Piatelli through the Purple’s postseason play. The junior leads all of D1 in objectives, objectives per sport (4.9) and factors per sport (6.0).
However, he and the remainder of the Cornell offense must deal with an elite Military protection. The Black Knights has the second ranked scoring protection within the nation, permitting simply 8.0 objectives per sport. Military’s protection is led by sophomore defender AJ Pilate, who has 12 precipitated turnovers and 21 floor balls, and sophomore lengthy stick midfielder Christian Fournier, who has 18 precipitated turnovers and 27 floor balls.
The Black Knights (9-1, 6-0 Patriot League) received a detailed 10-9 sport in opposition to Colgate on Saturday, April 8. Military scored three out of 4 objectives within the fourth quarter to finish the come-from-behind victory.
Military sports activities the most effective win share in D1 lacrosse at .900. The Black Knights misplaced its first sport of the season to the College of Massachusetts. Since then, the crew has rattled off 9 consecutive wins, together with ranked victories in opposition to Rutgers (ranked No. 8 on the time) and Loyola Maryland (ranked No. 9 on the time).
The Purple has regarded strong for a lot of this 12 months, however a few lackluster performances has created questions in regards to the crew’s potential to indicate up in opposition to the highest squads within the nation. A win in opposition to Military would go a protracted solution to cementing Cornell as a high 5 crew within the nation.
The Purple’s contest is ready to start out at midday at Michie Stadium. It will likely be obtainable on ESPN+.