Just last season, the field hockey team ended its year on a six-game losing streak.
A 6-3 start to the campaign ended in disappointment, as the stickwomen let five of their last six games slip away by one-goal margins.
Now, the slate is clean and head coach Michelle Tambroni’s charges are poised for a successful season. Last weekend, the Red opened its Ivy League portion of the schedule with a 1-0 win over Penn, and then followed it up with a 4-2 victory against Lehigh to improve its record to 3-2 (1-0 Ivy).
Ivy rival Yale (2-3, 0-1 Ivy) comes to the East Hill tomorrow to challenge Cornell’s recent surge. Yale has alternated wins and losses in its first five games this season. Its most recent contest was a 5-1 loss to New Hampshire on Wednesday.
Goals have been hard to come by for the Elis this season, as they have scored just four in their five games so far. The team has been shut out twice and has scored two goals only once this season.
A bright spot for the Bulldogs has been freshman Katie Rivkin, who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week last week after scoring her first collegiate goal, a game-winner, against Vermont.
Sunday’s game against Rhode Island (0-7) should be another interesting contest, as the Rams enter this weekend still searching for their first win. After a contest against SUNY-Albany tomorrow, Rhode Island will lock horns with the Red in the last game of a seven-game homestand at Schoellkopf Field.
Unfortunately for Cornell, it will be subjected to six games on the road out of its next eight contests after the Rams matchup. This makes the weekend’s contests all the more meaningful, as the stickwomen look to build up a strong record heading into the traveling portion of their schedule.
Cornell defeated both Yale and Rhode Island last season, albeit by one goal each. The Red rallied to come back against the Elis in New Haven last season for a 4-3 victory, and then junior Lindsay Grace scored the only goal in a 1-0 win over the Rams the next day.
Kimmy Gardner has been a recent star for Cornell, scoring in last week’s 4-2 win over Lehigh as well as tallying the only mark in the 1-0 win against Penn. The junior was named The Sun’s Athlete of the Week for her efforts.
Saturday’s game time is 6:00 p.m. at Schoellkopf Field, and Sunday’s contest begins at 2:00 p.m.
Archived article by Alex Fineman