“You can’t replicate being in tight ball games except for being in tight ball games,” Archer said. “To have all of that last year, we knew we could compete with people. This year, it’s about beating people. That’s the next progression.”
Cornell’s field hockey team is looking to finish off its last two games of the season strong. So far, the Red has posted an 8-7 record including a 2-3 Ivy League record. The team is currently ranked 39th in the NCAA Division I standings and fourth in the Ivy League, two places lower than where the women finished off last year’s season. It may not have been the season Cornell expected, but the women are learning from their mistakes and continuing to move forward, according to junior co-captain Sam McILwrick. “The season has been challenging,” McILwrick said.“We haven’t gotten the results we’ve wanted but I’m also really proud of the team.”
Head coach Donna Hornibrook said she agrees, commenting that the year has been a bit of a roller coaster.
Last year, the women’s soccer team finished with a 9-4-4 record. It was the first time since 2002 that the team had finished with a winning record. Head coach Patrick Farmer assumed his position in 2012, and since then the women’s team has picked up increasingly more wins with each successive season (one win in 2012, seven wins in 2013 and eight wins in 2014 all led up to the nine-win 2015 campaign. In this way, Farmer has instilled a positive trajectory in the program that keeps his players focused on improving their play with hopes to finish with a winning record. Despite the team’s current mediocre Ivy League record that puts the Red in a tie for fifth with Princeton and Yale, the Red (4-8-2, 1-3-1) still has games against Princeton and Dartmouth over the next two weeks.