The women’s lacrosse team hopes for a better outcome when it travels to the Carrier Dome tonight than the men’s lacrosse team had in its battle with Syracuse. The men returned home with a 14-10 loss.
Cornell (8-2, 3-2 Ivy) heads up north to take on Syracuse (6-4, 3-1 Big East), trying to avenge one of its four losses last season. The Red lost the game 17-9, its only loss in the team’s final eight games.
The Orangewomen have had a tumultuous season, beginning with a three game losing streak. The setbacks came at the hands of top ranked Maryland and Georgetown, and top-ten Virginia. As Syracuse’s schedule lightened, the squad embarked on a four-game winning streak. Dartmouth pulled out a victory against Syracuse a week ago, but the Orangewomen rebounded with to big games over Boston College and Duquesne, winning by 19-10 and 16-11 marks, respectively.
This game is crucial to the Red, who lost two of its last four. Cornell opened the year victorious in its first six games, including wins over Penn State and Vanderbilt. Its last contest, on Saturday against Brown, was a disappointing performance for the women. The team opened slowly, and failed to play the dominating lacrosse it is known for.
Syracuse’s strength lies in its powerful offense, led by senior Katrina Hable and junior Carrie Soults. The other leader on the attack is freshman-phenom Leigh-Ann Zimmer. Soutls leads the way with 32 points this season. Zimmer scored nine points in the last week, culminating in the Big East Offensive Player of the Week honor.
Cornell is looking to close down the Orangewomen’s three big scorers, and hopefully shut its offense down. The Red on the other hand, has a very balanced attack. Seven players contributed offensively to the 8-6 win over Brown. The scoring production has come from juniors Jamiee Reynolds, Ginny Miles, Lori Wohlschlegal, and Beth Calder. Sophomore’s Sarah Averson, Erica Holveck, Sarah Fischer, and freshman Michlle Allen are all weapons.
The heaviest challenge lies with Cornell’s defense. Fortunately for the Red, the team has a mighty strong one. Led by senior co-captain Sarah McGoey and junior Katie McCorry, the defense has not allowed any opposing team to score in the double digits. Goaltender Carrie Giancola is on fire, collecting eight saves in the Brown game.
The Red wants to pull together and play the lacrosse it knows it is capable of playing. Cornell has a chance to get on track tonight, and hopefully avenge last year’s defeat.
The game begins in the Carrier Dome at 8:00 p.m., for tickets call (1-888-DOME-TIX).
Archived article by Cammy Kandiko