Hoping to gain a winning momentum for the remainder of the season, the Big Red field hockey team (7-6 overall, 3-2 Ivy) hits Schoellkopf field under the lights to face Bucknell (8-8) at 7 p.m tonight.
The Big Red is entering this match with humility and pride in mind as it dropped its last game to Brown in a mostly one-sided battle. The team feels it has something to prove on the field tonight. This may be a disadvantage to the Red because Bucknell arrives in Ithaca with a momentum after winning a weekend match against Fairfield.
Hopefully Cornell will be ready to go against the Bisons tonight with full forces intact. In the game against Brown, the Red was missing its key offensive attacker because sophomore forward Anna Starkey was out with the flu. This provides an explanation for the lack of offense in that match, and Cornell hopes to bounce back and produce more goals in tonight’s match.
While Cornell boasts many powerful offensive players, Bucknell is not without its own. Junior forward Melissa Maher was recently voted Patriot Player of the Week for the second time this season. She currently leads the team in scoring with nine goals, eighteen points and three game winners. Last weekend, one of Maher’s goals gave Bucknell the win against Fairfield. As she is contributing very consistently to the team’s offense, the Red will seek to contain her on the field tonight.
Nearing the end of the season, Cornell can look back at a great start and a mid-season slump, but beginning with tonight’s game, the Big Red hopes to finish the season strong.
It will be no easy match. The Bisons have proven to be a strong team, despite their bad luck of late. In the middle of the season, Bucknell posted a 6-2 record.
Should the match require an extra frame, both teams should be formidable. Both Cornell and Bucknell battle well in overtime, as Bucknell has won three of four overtime matches and Cornell has won two of two.
Although the Red enters this game with the sour taste of an Ivy defeat still in its mouth, it is determined to turn things around on the carpet of Schoellkopf.
Archived article by Kelli Larsen