COLLEGE PARK, Md. (AP) — Steve Mock scored seven goals and Rob Pannell added two goals and six assists, and unseeded Cornell routed third-seeded Ohio State 16-6 in the NCAA tournament quarterfinals Saturday.
The Big Red (14-3) will face the winner of Sunday’s Duke-Notre Dame match in next Saturday’s semifinals in Philadelphia.
Pannell moved into second on the NCAA’s career points list with 347 points, six shy of former Duke attackman Matt Danowski’s career record of 353.
“Today ranks pretty high up there in games we’ve played together,” Mock said. “It’s a big stage, a quarterfinal game and heading to the Final Four, and we were able to hook up on goals there, and I just love playing with this guy. I can’t say enough about his game.”
Mock scored all seven of his goals in the first half, including three in a span of 85 seconds as the Big Red broke things open.
Cornell led 6-1 at the end of the first quarter and did not allow the Buckeyes (13-4) to score consecutive goals until after it built a 13-3 lead.
“Just tremendous from start to finish,” said Cornell coach Ben DeLuca, whose team advanced to the semifinals for the first time since 2010.
Jesse King scored two goals for the Buckeyes, who have never reached the semifinals and were making only their second quarterfinal appearance.
Cornell’s Doug Tesoriero won 16 of 24 faceoffs, and after three quarters the Big Red had more goals (16) than the Buckeyes had shots (14).
“When you get down like that early like that, it affects the way you play in nearly every facet of the game,” Ohio State coach Nick Myers said.
Pannell, a fifth-year senior who opted to return to Cornell for an extra season, encountered little difficulty in piling up five assists in the first half. The Big Red won their first two tournament games by a combined 32-14 margin.
“In deciding to come back to Cornell this year, I looked at the team and looked at if we had what it took to get back to Philadelphia for that championship weekend,” Pannell said. “With 16 seniors having a great influence on that team and great talent surrounding that, I thought the sky was the limit for this team, and you’re seeing what we’re capable of at this point.”