After a long road trip, the Cornell Field Hockey team (5-5) finally heads home after splitting games this past week in California. After defeating Cal-Berkley on Monday, the Red ended its West Coast stint with a loss to Stanford (6-9) 2-1 yesterday.
Cardinal junior Sarah Herman was the first to put a score on the board. With just 13 minutes remaining in the first half, Herman, off a pass from sophomore Amrit Chima, was able to beat Red goalkeeper senior Maureen Sullivan. This initial goal gave Stanford the lead and forced Cornell to play catch-up the rest of the game.
Impressive goaltending on the part of Sullivan lessened the blow to the Red and plagued Stanford. The Cardinals attempted 14 shots in the first half but could only manage to find the back of the cage once. In comparison, the Red was only able to produce two shots.
Although the Red improved its offensive output in the second half, producing four penalty corners, it was Amanda Billmyer of Stanford who scored next. Just three minutes into the half, the sophomore beat Sullivan for the game winner. This goal was Billmyer’s eighth of the season, a team high.
The Red’s lone goal came from senior co-captain Amy Galebach at 56:41 into the game. Her unassisted goal was the first of her career.
The Red made a valiant effort to fight back and almost sent the game into overtime off a shot from Sommer Costabile. With just nine seconds remaining the freshman drove a shot at the Stanford net, but goalkeeper Rebecca Shapiro made a diving save to preserve the win.
The Red will have time to rest after its long road trip, as it will not be playing again until next Wednesday, October 18. On that day, the Red will look to improve to 6-5 as it hosts Lafayette at 6 p.m. on Schoellkopf Field.
Archived article by Kristen Haunss