Joon Lee is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He served as an Assistant Sports Editor on the 133rd Editorial Board, a Senior Editor on the 134th Editorial Board and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The point of Saturday night’s exhibition for the Cornell men’s hockey team was never to come out and dominate Ryerson (which they did, for the most part) or establish its dominance over a collegiate team that is not even in the NCAA (which they also did, for the most part). The goal was to put that newly established locker room culture to the test on the ice versus an actual opponent for the first time. And boy, did it look real good for the Red. To say that the Red passed the test with flying colors would be an understatement to the display of dominance put forth at Lynah Rink in the team’s 5-2 victory over the Rams.
While the quality of the Red’s opponent — Ryerson has not played an NCAA Division I opponent this season — likely played a role in the team’s high-octane offensive output, there was a certain balance and patience that Cornell displayed against the Rams that the team rarely, if ever, displayed last year when the offense centered on the output of Cole Bardreau ’15, Joel Lowry ’15 and John McCarron ’15. The lines set forth, which will face tweaks in the early parts of the season, appeared to favor balance over all else.
Establishing the run game presented itself as the Cornell football team’s biggest challenge coming into Saturday’s game against Brown. Senior running back Luke Hagy did not play after suffering a concussion against Sacred Heart last week, and dynamic freshman running back Chris Walker sat out for a second straight week following his own concussion against Harvard. The success of the Red (0-6, 0-3 Ivy League) offense predicates on a solid running back balancing out junior quarterback Robert Somborn’s passing attack. When Cornell has struggled to establish a running game, Somborn has been unable to brush off defenders with the play-action and oftentimes has thrown the ball into double coverage, leading to interceptions. And for the first half against the Bears (4-2, 2-1 Ivy League) at Schoellkopf, the story with Somborn appeared to be a familiar one.
The Ivy League wanted student-athletes exactly like Kevin Rooney ’04. Rooney shined on the football field for the Red, playing on the defensive line during his time with Cornell, collecting 35 tackles and four sacks — tops of the team — during his senior season. In the classroom, Rooney’s star shined even brighter. As a history major in the College of Arts and Sciences, Rooney had a 3.89 GPA, graduated from Cornell in eight semesters and eventually attended Stanford Law School, where he graduated in 2009. However, Rooney felt that one thing was left unfinished: his football career.
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