Cornell planning on meeting Virginia without three starters
No. 13 Cornell’s bid to knock off No. 2 Virginia might get tougher.
As the Big Red prepare for meeting the Cavaliers at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore on Saturday, the team may be forced to play without three starters in senior defenseman Max Feely, sophomore attackman Steve Mock and senior midfielder David Lau.
All three missed Saturday’s 11-9 loss to No. 10 Army with unspecified injuries that occurred “mid-week,” according to coach Ben DeLuca. DeLuca sounded pessimistic about their availability against Virginia.
“Still up in the air right now,” he said. “Still undetermined at this point in time. I can’t really comment on that. That’s not my prerogative, to talk about those guys. I’m just waiting for our sports medicine people and trainers to tell us what to expect there. But at this point, we’re preparing to play without them.”
If that trio is sidelined again, sophomore Kyle Ewanouski is expected to replace Feely, junior Scott Austin could fill in for Mock, and freshman Michael O’Neil would step in for Lau.
“Kyle did a great job for us [against Army],” DeLuca said. “I was very proud of the way he came and stepped up to the plate. On the offensive end, Michael O’Neil, a freshman, replaced senior David Lau at the midfield. A young team got much younger with us replacing two seniors with a sophomore and a freshman. Scott Austin and Matt Taylor collectively worked into that third attackman spot for Steve Mock, and they did a good job. I think it was a great experience for our guys.”