NCAA Lacrosse Tournament: Maryland vs Cornell

Game will be at Byrd Stadium (College Park, Md) on Sunday May 12 at 1pm.

Cornell: Head Coach Ben Deluca

12-3 overall, lost to Princeton in Ivy League Semis, Only other ACC matchup was vs Virginia on March 9 where Big Red won 12-11 (last game before NCAA Tourney). Maryland beat Virginia 9-7 during regular season and lost to the Cavs in the ACC Semis 13-6.

Rob Pannell – A 80 pts (36G, 44A)

Steve Mock – A 56 pts (48G, 8A)

Connor Buczek – M 42 pts (28G, 14A)

Max Van Bourgondien – M 37 pts (26G, 11A)

AJ Fiore – G 133 saves, .518%

Maryland: Head Coach John Tillman

10-3 overall, lost to Virginia in ACC Semis, beat Colgate in final regular season game 8-7. Only Ivy League matchup was vs Yale on 4/20 won 8-7 (Cornell beat Yale 12-10).

Kevin Cooper – A/M 40pts (19G, 21A)

Mike Chanenchuk – M 36pts (22G, 14A)

Owen Blye – A 29pts (21G, 8A)

John Haus – M 26pts (16G, 10A)

Jesse Bernhardt – LSM 10pts (7G, 3A)

Niko Amato – G 142 saves, .612%


1921 – first meeting before Lacrosse was a varsity sport- Cornell won 2-1.

Maryland leads series 13-3-1, Last time they met was March 18, 2000, Terps won 8-7.

Cornell is ahead of Maryland, 2-1, in NCAA games against one another.

Coach Tillman was 0-3 versus Cornell while at Harvard from 2008-2010.

Biggest Threats:

Rob Pannell – has more points than the top two point producers on Maryland in Cooper and Chanenchuk. Uses the finalizer to its full potential. Whoever he draws on the defensive side of the ball will have a long game and has to close the gate on him, otherwise Pannell will tear the defense apart.

Steve Mock – Scored seven more goals by himself (in large part to Pannell) than Cooper and Chanenchuk together. He is a finisher and finds himself in the right spot at the right time. Look for him to be fed the ball a lot.

Transition – Both teams can push it when they want to. Cornell can and will score goals in transition. The Terps have a big threat at the midfield and it’s not even Haus or Chanenchuk. Their transitional threat is LSM Jesse Bernhardt. He can strip the ball right out of his opponents sticks and get the ball moving the other way in a heart beat. Maryland will need a lot of production out of this young man, both offensively and defensively.