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ITHACA, N.Y. – Fifth-ranked Cornell proved its might with a 9-1 first quarter and never looked back Tuesday afternoon, defeating the St. Bonaventure men's lacrosse team, 18-3, in non-conference action.
Cornell (5-2), which was ranked third in the national polls last week before dropping two spots in the latest rankings, immediately showed why it is considered one the nation's elite teams.
The Big Red scored just 56 seconds into the contest on a strike from John Piatelli, his first of four goals on the day to give him 26 on the season.
The first quarter saw Cornell take a 6-0 lead at the 7:18 mark before the Bonnies (0-6) cracked into the scoring column on an unassisted goal scored by Sean Westley.
Another run saw the Big Red score the game's next seven goals before the Bonnies finally ended their scoring drought on a man-up goal from Austin Blumbergs off a feed from Westley.
Cornell never relinquished control, however.
The Big Red owned a 45-19 advantage in shots on the day, frequently testing Bona goalkeepers Brett Dobson and Ben Mazur. Dobson started and made nine saves in the first half against 22 shots faced while Mazur turned away five of the 11 shots he faced during the second half.
St. Bonaventure's last goal went to John Killcommons who scored for the third consecutive game and fired a team-high six shots, four on net.
The Bonnies return to Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) play Saturday when they travel to Connecticut to play at Quinnipiac.
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