MEN’S HOCKEY | Cornell to Face Yale, Brown on Weekend

Team chemistry is something many players on the No. 18 Cornell men’s ice hockey team (5-1, 3-1 ECAC) emphasize week in and week out. The Red is hoping that its strong bond will lead to cohesive play against Yale (4-1-1, 2-1-1 ECAC) and Brown (1-3-1) (1-2-1 ECAC) this weekend. “Everybody is clicking,” said junior goalie Mitch Gillam. “We eat dinner together every night.

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Freshman hitter Carla Sganderlla had 20 kills in the Red’s game against Yale.

VOLLEYBALL | Volleyball Drops Match to Yale

By OLIVIA MATTYASOVSZKY

The Cornell volleyball team had a chance to face the New England duo of Brown University and Yale University again this weekend. This time around, the Bears and the Bulldogs came to the Red’s home turf in Newman Arena. “Yale and Brown are the most opposite teams in the Ivy league so preparation for both matches was very different,” said head coach Trudy Vande Berg. “Yale is physical and we needed to match that and we did for the first four sets. Brown is a scrappy team and they aren’t as physical but they are great volleyball players.”

Yale, currently in third place in the Ivy League standings, came into the match with a 5-3 conference record.

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Sophomore forward Krysten Mayers, pictured above, scored for the Red Saturday.

FIELD HOCKEY | Women See Two More Season Wins

By TROY BRIDSON

After a back and forth first half, Cornell (10-5, 4-1 Ivy) and Brown (6-8, 1-4 Ivy) were both playing solid field hockey, as the score was tied at 1-1. Both teams were moving the ball well and had chances to take the lead. However, sophomore forward Krysten Mayers stepped up and allowed for Cornell to break away with a goal. Cornell never looked back, adding four more goals in a resounding 6-1 win. Mayers has been dominant for the Cornell offense this season leading the scoring right behind senior captain and defender Marisa Siergiej.

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Though Cornell has lost its first five games, the team still remains hopeful heading into its game against Brown. However, senior running back Luke Hagy, one of the Red’s key players, was injured last weekend.

FOOTBALL | Red to Face Brown Saturday

Starting 0-5 can weigh on a team. It can cause athletes to lose faith and give up. It can demoralize players. But sophomore safety Nick Gesualdi believes that has not happened to the Cornell football team. “We’re doing our best to block the record out,” Gesualdi said.

The Beginning of the Ancient Eight

When Ezra Cornell founded his University, he made a bold statement about education — the importance of combining the theoretical and the practical, the work of the mind and the work of the body.
But he could in no way have imagined the furor over the appropriate combination of academics and athletics that would ebb and flow far above Cayuga’s waters.
The argument began with the first pitch in the primitive baseball games that were played in the Cornell family cow pasture. Organized sports detracted from a serious education, some people maintained, while the opposite camp held that a strong mind could only exist within a strong body.

Brown Topples Men’s Lacrosse

It was a back-and-forth battle throughout, but the No. 13 Bears spoiled the No. 2/4 men’s lacrosse team’s bid for an undefeated Ivy League season and sole possession of the Ivy title. Brown’s senior goalie Jordan Burke made 18 saves and the Bears rode the momentum from a fired-up home crowd to an 11-9 win over the Red on Saturday.
The loss drops Cornell to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the Ivy League and ensures that the winner of the Brown-Princeton game next Saturday will receive a share of the Ivy League title. Next weekend’s game will also determine which team gets the Ancient Eight’s automatic berth to the NCAA tournament. If Brown (12-2, 4-1 Ivy) beats Princeton, the Bears will go to the tournament, and if Princeton wins, Cornell will receive the automatic berth.

M. Lax Seeks Outright Ivy Title vs. Brown

Good things so often come in three’s: three’s a charm, the Three Stooges, Tic-Tac-Toe. But this Saturday in Providence, R.I., the men’s lacrosse team hopes for its own special three — three outright conference titles in the past five years. The No. 2/4 Red, riding high from its 10-7 upset victory over then-No. 1 Princeton last Saturday, will be fighting for the chance to take sole possession of the Ivy League championship by beating the No. 13/13 Bears, currently in second place in the Ancient Eight standings.
“For us it’s such a big game, we want to have an outright Ivy title,” said senior midfielder Max Seibald. “When we share the title we actually don’t get to keep the Ivy trophy for the entire year.”

Mixed Results From Tennis Teams

In important matches against its Ancient Eight rivals this weekend, the Red tennis teams saw mixed results. The men’s team (12-5, 3-2 Ivy) remained perfect at home, beating Yale 6-1 on Friday and defeating Brown, 5-2, on Saturday. The women’s team, facing the same opponents on the road, dropped both matches, losing 7-0 in both outings.