April 10, 2006
Recovering from a tough loss at Princeton a week ago, the No. 11 women’s lacrosse team remained in the hunt for an Ivy League title as the Red knocked off No. 15 Dartmouth, 13-8, at Schollekopf Field on Saturday, earning its second win over the Green (6-4, 2-2 Ivy) in the two teams’ last 15 meetings.
“We played really well,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “We were very pleased with the outcome. It was an excellent team effort – a huge improvement over last week.”
Sophomore Courtney Farrell had a career day for the Red (7-2, 3-1), posting our goals while also adding three assists to lead the attack.
“She had a great day on the attacking end,” Graap said.
However, even with Farrell’s dominance, there was a whole cast of fellow contributors as the Cornell offense again showed off its impressive depth. Eight different players scored goals for the Red, while a total of six players had two or more points for home team.
“That was my favorite part of the win,” Graap said. “Everybody played a part in the win – we had such a diversity of people making contributions. Also, I think it was the most assists we’ve had all year.”
Meanwhile, Cornell goalie Maggie Fava was solid in net as Dartmouth – an NCAA Final Four particpant a year ago – made several comeback attempts. In the end, the senior made 11 saves, including four on Dartmouth free-position attempts, to preserve the Red victory.
“Fava was pretty awesome in net,” Graap said.
Never trailing at any point in the contest, Cornell got on the board first as senior captain Allison Schindler opened up the scoring a little over eight minutes into the game. Though the Green went on to tie the score at 1-1 at the 16:29 mark, the Red used a 5-0 run – with five different goal scorers – to work its way to 6-2 halftime advantage.
After scoring the first two goals of second half, Dartmouth cut the lead to 6-4 with 26:15 to play. However, Cornell would extend the lead back to four on goals by Schindler and sophomore Noelle Dowd.
Meanwhile, assisting on both those goals, Farrell picked up the first two of the five total points she would tally in the second half.
Refusing to go away quietly, the Green cut the Red lead to 8-6 on a pair of goals just 22 seconds apart. Again, though, Cornell responded positively to the challenge as it used a 4-0 run to put Dartmouth out off striking distance.
“It was pretty huge being able to respond to the Dartmouth pressure like that coming off last week’s game,” Graap said. “Against Princeton, we let them score seven or eight goals in a row – we didn’t respond well when the other team went on a run. Here, we were able to come right back.”
Junior captain Margaux Viola, who was recently named to the watch list for the Tewaaraton Trophy, which is awarded to the nation’s top player, put together another strong performance with a goal and two assists.
Along with Farrell, Viola and Schindler, sophomores Charlotte Schmidlapp and Katherine Simmons, and junior Alison McKeown were the other multiple point scorers for the Red.
On the other side of the field, the Green attack was led by Casey Hazel and Sarah Szefi, who each notched two goals and an assist. Dartmouth goalie Devon Willis had six saves in the losing effort.
The Cornell victory moves the Red into a tie for second, just a half game behind Princeton in the Ivy League standings. Meanwhile, the loss drops the Green into a fourth-place with three games to go in its Ivy schedule.
Archived article by Olivia Dwyer
April 10, 2006
After dropping a disappointing doubleheader to St. Bonaventure last week, the softball team righted the ship at home this weekend. Opening its Ivy League schedule at home, the Red (17-16, 3-1 Ivy) split a double-header with Dartmouth (9-16, 2-2) before sweeping Harvard (11-14, 0-2).
“It feels great. We did a great job this weekend, and played real well. It was very good softball all around,” said sophomore pitcher Jenn Meunier.
The Red started the weekend off on the right foot, scratching out a 3-2 win in Game 1 over Dartmouth in nine innings. Sophomore Jenna Campagnolo came through in the clutch, nailing an RBI single to seal the victory.
Meunier pitched a gem, allowing just three hits and striking out nine while going the distance for the victory. Both runs allowed were earned.
In a tightly played game, Cornell drew first blood in the bottom of the third when sophomore Ashley Wolf batted in junior Lauren Berkley on a fielder’s choice.
Dartmouth took the lead in the next half-inning, scoring two unearned runs after a Cornell error. Cornell tied the ballgame in the sixth and almost won it in the bottom of the seventh, but Wolf was left stranded on second after a strikeout, pop out and groundout ended the inning. Cornell scored what appeared to be the winning run in the eighth, but after an appeal from Dartmouth it was ruled that senior Caitlin Warren did not touch the plate. However, the Red took care of business in the ninth, with Campagnolo providing the late-game heroics by driving in Wolf for the game-winner.
In Game 2, Dartmouth came out of the gate firing, scoring four runs in the first inning and holding on for the 4-3 victory.
The Red was able to get three runs back in the bottom of the third. Junior Sarah Ruben led off the inning with a solo home run, and junior Erin Murtha hit a two-RBI double. The Red, however, never really threatened again, as Dartmouth freshman pitcher Stephanie Trudeau, who pitched a complete game, allowed just three base runners the rest of the way. Freshman Haley Mirrer was strong in relief for the Red, pitching 3.2 innings of shutout ball. Senior Whitney Smith took the loss. Senior Alicia Petryk belted a three-run homer to lead the way for the Green.
Wolf led the way for the Red on Saturday, going 5-for-8 at the plate with an RBI.
“Ashley was amazing this weekend. She’s been incredible, and she can hit anything, anywhere on the plate,” Meunier said.
After splitting the pair with Dartmouth, Cornell took the field on Sunday knowing it needed a better effort to oust a strong Harvard squad.
Meunier responded in game one, striking out five Crimson batters to lead the Red to a 3-0 victory. The win improved Meunier’s record to 8-7 on the year.
“I pitched really well. I was hitting my spots, working both sides of the plate. When you do that, it makes it a lot easier,” Meunier said.
Solo shots from Wolf and freshman Nicole Cheever propelled the Red to the win.
In the late game, the Crimson jumped out to an early lead in Mirrer’s first home start.
Harvard led 2-0 after two innings, but it did not take long for Cornell to respond.
Wolf got the Red on the board with a RBI single. Murtha added an RBI double to tie the game.
After Murtha’s extra-base hit, the floodgates opened and would not close as junior Sarah Ruben launched an RBI single off the left field wall. Wolf continued her stellar play with another RBI single.
After three more runs, Murtha capped the day for the Red with a moon shot to center field, her first of the season.
Meunier pitched one inning in relief for the Red, who will head to Buffalo, N.Y., tomorrow for a doubleheader with Canisius.
Archived article by Jeremy DruckerSun Staff Writer