In Princeton’s first Ivy League South division match of the season, the Tigers defeated Cornell 53–14 and moved into a tie for first place in the Ivy South with Penn.
The Tigers countered the physical Cornell interior by using good teamwork to get the ball wide and take advantage of playing downhill in the first half. Kicking off the game’s scoring, senior Will Kittler found room towards the sideline and made a great offload to sophomore Hugues Martin Dit Neuville, who converted his first career A-side try six minutes into the game. A few minutes later, Hugues would add another try scooping up a well-placed kick by junior Greg McCord giving the Tigers a 10–0 lead.
However, Cornell continued to play to their strengths and cut into the lead 28 minutes into the half by scoring a try with their powerful forward pack. Cornell made its conversion reducing Princeton’s lead to 10–7.
Right before halftime senior Christian Kazanowski found room along the wing to score. Hugues made Princeton’s first conversion of the afternoon, and the Tigers were up 17–7 at the half.
The second half had a promising start on the scoreboard when Princeton Fly Half Greg McCord raced in for a try making the score 22–7. But Cornell hit right back and scored a converted try under the posts and cut the lead 22–14.
The scoring picked up in the 63rd minute when sophomore Tim Frawley, a second half impact substitution, raced to the outside and made a few Cornell defenders miss on his way to his first career A-side try making the score 27–14. Frawley would score his second try of the half off nearly the exact same play, this time with a converted kick by William Kittler. Moments later, junior Alex Rogers would send a perfect offload to McCord, who once again got into the try zone untouched. Off of the ensuing kickoff, Kazanowski cut through the Cornell defense to score Princeton’s third try in a span of ten minutes. With just a few minutes left, Tim Frawley added one more try as time expired.
Tim Frawley was selected as the Princeton Player of the Match.
Princeton will hope to build on a successful Saturday next week, when they take on a strong Columbia team in their second South Division matchup.