The Cornell field hockey team ended the 2016 season with its fourth consecutive top-three finish in the league. The Red (10-7, 4-3) finished its fourth straight season with double digit wins. “I think our team is content with the season,” said junior co-captain Sam McILWrick. Senior co-captain Sam Weeks agreed. “It was not our most winning season during my four years, but I think the team experienced a culture change and growth that will definitely show in the seasons to come,” he said.
The women hope to finish their season with a four-game winning streak by defeating Dartmouth, putting them third overall in the Ivy League. This would be their fourth consecutive finish in the top three.
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.
For junior goalkeeper Kelly Johnson, a fourth generation Cornellian playing for Cornell field hockey is about more than just representing her family and her institution. “A great majority of the people in my family that have come to Cornell have been men, so representing the power of females in sports and academics means a lot to me,” she said. For the past three years, Johnson — a biology and society major — has come to define female achievement for the Big Red and has become one of the most talented and consistent players in Cornell history. This season, Johnson broke the program record for most wins as a goalkeeper and notched the seventh shutout of her career. “Kelly has always been a really solid goalkeeper,” said Head Coach Donna Hornibrook.
The Cornell field hockey team hopes to upset No. 13 Harvard’s currently undefeated record in the Ivy League conference, after a busy weekend against Yale and No. 3 Syracuse. The Red earned its first Ivy League win of the season against the Bulldogs this past Saturday. The women went into the second half tied 1-1, but came out on top, defeating Yale, 2-1.