April 27, 2013
Strength: Fifth-year senior Rob Pannell (34, 41) quarterbacks an offense that's scoring 14.5 goals per game. Pannell has eclipsed many school and Ivy League scoring records (including career assists and career points).
Weakness: Defensive midfield and overall lack of depth. The Big Red defensive midfielders were exposed in a loss at Syracuse. Coach Ben DeLuca doesn't have a deep stable of athletic cover men he can turn to. The offense relies heavily on the top six scorers, but there's a drop-off after that. Big Red fans will be rooting for cool weather in May.
X-factor: I love defenders Jason Noble, Thomas Keith and Tom Freshour. Fast in small windows, they are all instinctual with excellent eyes and feet. They've combined to scoop up 149 ground balls and cause 72 turnovers.
Notable: Cornell hasn't won an NCAA title since 1977.
Bracketology: If Cornell wins the Ivy, it will be seeded in the Nos. 3-6 range. If it loses, expect it to drop to the Nos. 6-8 range.