(Photo Courtesy of Hobart and William Smith Athletics)
When Hobart made the jump from DIII to DI in an effort to preserve their long-standing rivalries with Cornell and Syracuse, the Statesmen had won 13 NCAA DIII national titles, including 11-straight from 1980 to 1991. Hobart was, indeed, the class of DIII.
Cornell started off their 2019 campaign with a 19-16 road win over Hobart on Friday night. While the Big Red showed their superiority Hobart was able to hang with them and make it an offensive shootout of sorts, even with some terrible mistakes in the clearing game.
Jeff Teat led the way for Cornell as the junior attackman tallied 8 points (6G,2A) in the win. Clarke Petterson and John Piatelli each tallied 6 points (4G,2A) for the Big Red. Cornell played two goalies with Caelahn Bullen starting and making 6 saves. Chayse Ierlan made 5 saves in the 20 minutes of action he saw.
Hobart was led by Justin Scott who recorded 6 points (5G,1A) for the Statesmen. Chris Aslanian dished out 5 assist, and the Aslanian-Scott connection was alive and well tonight. In cage for Hobart CJ White and Sam Lucchesi split time evenly, as White made 3 saves and Lucchesi made 6 saves. Each saw 30:00 in cage.
This game got started off pretty quickly with Jonathan Donville netting the first goal of the game just a few minutes in to give Cornell the 1-0 lead. Hobart answered with Eric Holden scoring two goals in less than a minute to take the 2-1 lead. It was very back and forth, until Cornell went on a three goal run in which Clarke Petterson and John Piatelli found their way through the Statemen defense with ease to take the 5-3 lead.
Justin Scott netted one for Hobart and Jeff Teat converted for Cornell to make it a 6-4 Cornell lead heading into the second.
Even though Hobart was winning the majority of the faceoffs they were turning them into turnovers which helped Cornell get a three goal run midway though the second to make it a 10-6 Cornell lead. Hobart answered with a two-goal run of their own before Cornell scored with :24 in the half.
Coming into the third Cornell held an 11-8 lead. After Jeff Teat got the first goal of the second half Bryan Hancock quickly answered for Hobart less than a minute later. It was a very back-and-forth quarter as each side traded two goal runs midway through. The Third ended with Cornell being able to get a late one and make it 16-12 heading into the fourth.
A three goal Cornell run in the third effectively put this one in the books. Hobart was able to finish with three straight goals, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Big Red’s lead. This was a much improved Hobart team from last season, but Cornell had more highly talented players, and that proved the difference in this offensive battle.
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.