Since 2001-02, Cornell teams have fallen by one goal in regulation, or in overtime, in the quarterfinals or later of their respective NCAA championships on twelve different occasions. Here's a little trip down Big Red Frustration Lane.

DateSportRoundLocationFinal ScoreNotes
March 24, 2002Men's hockeyQuarterfinalCentrum Centre
Worcester, MA
New Hampshire 4, Cornell 3New Hampshire's game winning goal scored with 2:39 remaining in regulation.
May 17, 2002Women's lacrosseSemifinalCurley Field
Baltimore, MD
Georgetown 12, Cornell 10 (ot)Cornell breaks stall and ties game with 17 seconds left, only to barely see the ball in overtime.
May 19, 2002Men's lacrosseQuarterfinalHomewood Field
Baltimore, MD
Virginia 11, Cornell 10Virginia scores game winning goal with 3:59 left. UVa's Conor Gill sets NCAA Tournament record with nine assists.
April 10, 2003Men's hockeySemifinalHSBC Arena
Buffalo, NY
New Hampshire 3, Cornell 2Big Red have a goal questionably disallowed in the first period. UNH goes up 3-0, Cornell fights back, but Mike Ayers used his head to save a potential Stephen Bâby game tying goal in the last minute.
May 23, 2004Men's lacrosseQuarterfinalSchoellkopf Field
Ithaca, NY
Navy 6, Cornell 5Playing for the memory of captain George Boiardi, who died on the field early in the season, the Big Red played the second-seeded Midshipmen tight, but came up short.
March 27, 2005Men's hockeyQuarterfinalMariucci Arena
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota 2, Cornell 1 (ot)The Big Red briefly took the lead against the Gophers on their home ice, but couldn't hold it.
March 26, 2006Men's hockeyQuarterfinalResch Center
Green Bay, WI
Wisconsin 1, Cornell 0 (3 ot)Longest game in Cornell men's hockey history. Second longest game in NCAA Tournament history, and longest 1-0 game.
May 26, 2007Men's lacrosseSemifinalM&T Bank Stadium
Baltimore, MD
Duke 12, Cornell 11The Big Red tie the game after being down seven, but Duke gets the game winner with three seconds left in regulation.
May 25, 2009Men's lacrosseFinalGillette Stadium
Foxborough, MA
Syracuse 10, Cornell 9 (ot)The worst of all these stomach punches. Cornell leads by three with four minutes left in the 4th quarter. Big Red have the ball in the final minute, but it's intercepted and the Orange tie the game with 4.5 seconds left. Cornell also had the ball in the overtime, but couldn't put it in the net.
March 21, 2010Women's hockeyFinalRidder Arena
Minneapolis, MN
Minnesota-Duluth 3, Cornell 2 (3 ot)Both teams had multiple chances throughout the overtimes, but Cornell couldn't get a puck over the line.
March 24, 2012Men's hockeyQuarterfinalResch Center
Green Bay, WI
Ferris State 2, Cornell 1A defensive struggle went into the third period scoreless; the Big Red quickly answered Ferris's first, but couldn't counter their second goal a few minutes later.
March 16, 2013Women's hockeyQuarterfinalLynah Rink
Ithaca, NY
Mercyhurst 4, Cornell 3 (ot)Cornell comes back twice, including in the final minute after the Lakers went ahead with 1:13 left in the third period. But there would be no Lauriane Rougeau repeat, as Mercyhurst wins in the fifth minute of overtime.