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Fletcher game-winner lifts Cornell over Albany

With time winding down in a 16-16 contest, Cornell junior midfielder Connor Fletcher took the ball near midfield, faked his defender by cutting from his right to his left and then ripped shot that went through the legs of UAlbany’s goalie Nate Siekierski to give the Big Red a 17-16 lead with 14 seconds to play. The Great Danes, as they had done for the majority of the game, won the ensuing face off, but Brandon Salvatore forced the visitor’s 20th turnover of the game, and Kason Tarbell picked up the ground ball to secure the victory for the No. 3 Cornell men’s lacrosse team.

Fletcher’s late heroics capped a wild fourth quarter that saw UAlbany score five unanswered goals over the final 9:38 of the contest to erase the Big Red’s 16-11 lead. The late run by the Great Danes had been preceded by one from the home team, as Cornell scored four unanswered in a span of 1:58 to close the third and open the fourth quarter to seemingly take control of the game.

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