Cornell leaning towards starting West in net

It appears there’s a frontrunner in the competition to be Cornell’s starting goalkeeper.

Sophomore Andrew West has started in each of the No. 3 Big Red’s past two contests, and he has registered a 6.00 goals-against average and a .571 save percentage.

While maintaining that senior Brian O’Donnell and junior A.J. Fiore are also options, coach Ben DeLuca conceded that he is inclined to start West against No. 1 Virginia at the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.

“I still think we would battle week in and week out and allow our guys to compete for spots,” DeLuca said. “But yes, at this point, I would say that Andrew West is probably the favorite to start on Saturday.”

Fiore was a two-year starter who entered the season as the incumbent. But West, Fiore’s backup last year, played in nine contests and earned wins against Ivy League rivals Princeton and Harvard.

“I do believe that Andrew earned some big-time experience last year,” DeLuca said. “He came in off the bench in some critical situations for us and earned a couple wins in some pretty pressure-packed situations for us during the season. So Andrew’s got some great experience under his belt as a freshman. Coming in as a sophomore, we felt like he prepared himself very well.”

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