Rob Pannell found Steve Mock on the crease with 13 seconds left to lift the No. 3 Cornell Big Red over the No. 8 Virginia Cavaliers on Saturday evening inside Klöckner Stadium, 12-11. The loss dropped Virginia to 5-2 on the year.
Virginia held a 6-5 lead at the half and ran it up to 9-5 before Cornell came back in the final quarter to lead 11-10.
After Rob Emery tied the game 11-all with 40 seconds left, Cornell won the ensuing faceoff and Rob Pannell found Steve Mock for the game-winner.
“It certainly was an issue in the game,” said Virginia head coach Dom Starsia in reference to the faceoffs. “They did a good job at the faceoff X and their wings are very good and we just seemed like we couldn’t get a ball. I thought we had good offensive possessions, especially after the first quarter and as the game went on. But we just seemed like we didn’t have the ball late in the game. I feel like we could have gotten something done of our own if we got the ball back down on offense.”
Nick O’Reilly led UVa with three goals and one assist.
Virginia returns to action on Saturday when the No. 11 Ohio State Buckeyes comes to Klöckner Stadium. Faceoff is at 3 p.m.
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