The Cornell Big Red start their 2019 campaign on Friday when they travel to take on the Hobart Statesman. This one may be a sneaky good game as there will be two pretty good offenses up against each other. On Cornell’s side they are led by Jeff Teat who has been lighting up the college lacrosse world over the past few seasons. For Hobart they have been able to put up over 20 points in their first two games this season.
Cornell comes into this season after an Ivy League championship and quarterfinal exit in the NCAA tournament last season. The Big Red look to start their 2019 campaign off strong on the road in Geneva against Hobart come Friday.
offensively for Cornell they bring back a strong core group with 7 of their top eight guys returning from last season. In their season opener they will be looking for guys like Jeff Teat, Clarke Petterson to start off strong. Teat being the Big Red’s bona fide number 1 option, and leader, look for him to step up in this game and throughout the season as we saw him do last year. The Big Red are much more than Teat as they can share the sugar and know how to move the rock effectively.
Defesivley the Big Red may still be finding their own in this game against Hobart as they do have some youth on that side of the field. One guy that should make an impact for the Big Red is Ryan Maloney who is back after missing last season with an injury. He will want to step things up right off the bat for sure. Brandon Salvatore and Dom Doria are two other returning guys to watch as they should step up a little more this season as well. Playing against this Hobart offense will be a good test for this defense early in the season, if Hobart’s offense is really as good as their numbers may suggest.
For Hobart we will be looking at how good this Statesman team really is. They have put up over 20 points in each of their two games so far, and won. Is that a product of them being really good, the shot clock, or playing bad defenses? We will get to see in this first big test of the year for the Statesman against Cornell.
The offense for Hobart has been headed by Eric Holden, Chris Aslanian, and Jason Knox. Holden and Aslanian both have 13 points through two games while Knox has 11. Those three have heloed spearhead the Statesman offense and found much success thus far. This Cornell team is their first big test of the season, and we will see if they can play at that level against a higher caliber opponent. Even with the shot clock this “pouring it on” style of offense may not work against Cornell.
CJ White has been anchoring the defense in cage with some impressive play thus far. Again, can the Hobart defense stop Cornell? Defeating Jeff Teat and the Big Red is a tough task for any team, but it can be done. Either way, this is a good test for Hobart to see where they actually stand amongst the pack.
Cornell @ Hobart will be at 5PM and you can watch it via live stream here.