November 8, 2000
Booters Defeat Red Dragons, 1-0
| November 8, 2000
If anything, the Cornell men’s soccer team has shown a penchant for last-minute showdowns this season. Almost a third of the team’s 16 matches have been decided by one goal, including an overtime win against Harvard, and a nail-biting double overtime win at Berman against Princeton ten days ago.
Last night was no exception. Against the Red Dragons of Oneota State, the men waited until the last two minutes of the match to score, winning by a score of 1-0 at Oneota. The win brings the Red to .500 on the year, with an 8-8 record.
Senior David Briefel notched the sole goal of the match. At 88:27, Briefel took a pass from fellow senior Jay Rosen, and beat Oneota keeper James Riley for the game-winning goal.
On the other end of the field, sophomore Carlos Rodriguez played the entire match for the Red, and earned his first victory and first shutout in goal. The two other Cornell keepers, sophomores Doug Allen and Andrew Gordon, are out indefinitely. Allen fractured his nose against Army last week, and will require surgery. Gordon also was injured in the Army game, and is sidelined by shoulder problems.
Rosen’s assist gives him ten points in the last three games, which has not been matched by any other player on the team in any three-game stretch. The performance netted Rosen Ivy Player of the Week Honorable Mention.
Senior tri-captain Rick Stimpson was held scoreless in the match. With his assist on Rosen’s goal against Dartmouth, he moved into second place on Cornell’s all-time high scorers list. His advancement to the number-one spot will be dictated against Columbia in the final match of the year.
Furthermore, Stimpson and fellow senior Adam Skumawitz are the overall scoring leaders of the Ivy League, ranked first and second, respectively. Skumawitz is also tied for the second spot in intra-Ivy scoring, two points behind Jay Albers of Yale and Scott Powers of Brown.
Stimpson’s and Skumawitz’s bid to become the leading scorers of the Ivies should make the final game of the season quite interesting, when the Big Red travels to Manhattan on Saturday to take on Columbia.
Archived article by Tom McNulty
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November 9, 2000
Five days a week, two hours a day for the last two months, the 28 men of the Cornell water polo club team have gathered at the pool in Teagle Hall to work on their strength and conditioning, and prepare themselves for competition. After 14 games, the team boasted an impressive 14-0 record. Having beaten the likes of Rochester, the Rochester Institute of Technology, Colgate and Gannon College, the squad found itself on top of the New York Western Division and headed towards the Division finals of New York State. The team never knew how far it could travel on its hard work and determination, but after three more games the club squad is still alive and headed for the Collegiate Water Polo Club Nationals in Seattle, Wa., next week. The season started off fast-paced as the Red knocked off its division competition one by one. The first challenge of the season came when it faced Rochester Institute of Technology. RIT — traditionally a strong squad — had handled the Red easily last year. Coming into the match, RIT boasted its third-place finish in the States last season. However, returning every single member of the squad from last year, the Red now resembled a well-built, deep, cohesive machine and would not be fazed by RIT. The game was a dogfight right down to the bitter end, and it took a sudden death overtime goal for the team to finally overcome its opposition. This victory solidified the Red’s spot atop the league and gave it the momentum it would need to propel the squad into States. That win gave the Red the second seed in the States, and the first seed in its division. The only team ranked higher was Army, the winner of last year’s tournament. The rankings would prove to hold true, as number one met number two in the finals. Before the Red made it to the championship game, however, it would have to knock off Union and Columbia in succession. Union proved to be a breeze for the squad, as the Red cruised 14-1 in convincing and dominating fashion. This victory led to a showdown with fellow Ivy League squad Columbia. “Columbia is a pretty good team,” said captain Peter Bowen. “It was a close game throughout, but we took control in the second half.” Indeed it was a good game, as the Red went into the half with a 7-4 lead before cruising to victory in the second half. The final score of the contest was 13-7, as the Red defense buckled down in the second half, letting up a meager three goals. This led to the finals showdown. Number one vs. Number two with a trip to the Collegiate Water Polo Club Nationals in Seattle, Washington on November 17 on the line. The contest was a hard fought battle from the night before the match, as the Red squad went and scouted its opponents. Noticing that this would be a difficult match, the Red were poised and ready when game time rolled around. “They were fast, and they had a good counter attack,” Bowen said. “But we knew if we played our game we could beat them.” That is exactly what Cornell did, as the Red emerged from the pool 13-11 victors, upsetting the favored squad and headed for the West Coast. Probably the biggest key to the game was the Red’s ability to take the early lead. Only a few minutes into the contest the Red found itself sporting a 4-1 lead after two strong goals apiece from Mike Emery and Lance Fenton This lead was maintained at halftime, as the Red went into the break with a 7-4 lead after two more score from sharpshooter Emery and a goal from Jon Francis. With a three-goal halftime lead, the Red knew Army would not let up and expected Black Knights to turn the intensity up a notch in the second half. Once again, the Red was correct as Army came out and stung the Red with three quick goals to knot the score at 7 apiece. After a timeout, the starting unit regrouped and refocused. After a great pass from Scott Alter to Bowen, the Red regained the lead. Tacking on goals by Collin Evans and yet another from Emery, the Red clung to a 10-8 lead going into the fourth quarter. In the final stanza, Fenton added his third goal, and Emery tacked on an impressive fifth score as the Red went on to win 13-11. “Everyone was real fired up, and really concentrated on this game,” said an ecstatic Bowen. “After a quick strike, we took control of the match and continued to score to maintain momentum.” Throughout the game, and especially in the fourth quarter, goalie David Stringer kept the team in the game and made key saves to ensure the win against a great shooting Army squad. As the Red looks forward to Nationals, it will have to rest on the keys that have made the players so successful this season: great, tight man-to-man defense. With the change in time zone as the squad travels west, there will also be a change in the size of the pool. The larger pool in the Nationals will mean that the squad is going to have to work even harder on its strength and conditioning in the upcoming week. However, with its strong matador defense, and if the squad can take an early lead in its matches, it is almost assured of maintaining its advantage down the stretch. Headed to Seattle, the squad boasts the 14th ranked team in the country. However, in the first round, a 2-out of 3 round robin elimination, the squad will face the fifth ranked powerhouse, Arizona. If the Red are able to emerge victorious from this match, and can knock off weaker Western Illinois, it will move onto the semifinals of the tournament and await its next opponent. For now, the team can celebrate its achievements throughout the season and bask in the sunshine of its first trip to Nationals since they joined this league. “We are looking forward to the match against Arizona,” added Bowen. “We have a lot of respect for them. We know our defense is strong and we know that we can play with them. If we keep it close, we can win.” As the old adage goes, defense wins championships. With a strong effort by the Cornell “D”, this squad of savvy veterans might just be title bound.Archived article by Peter Bernstein
November 9, 2000
In one of his Oh God movies, George Burns (who plays God) explains that the reason that bad things happen is because good things need to have a reciprocal counter-happening. Thus, he couldn’t make peace without war, love without loss, or sex without condoms. To the good fortune of Samantha and the misfortune of G. Killian, Burns’ theory was realized in the lives of these two-nications over the past few weeks. G. Killian had been having a rough time with his girlfriend, Britney. They were arguing constantly, not knowing if they were taking their academic stress out on one another, or if the relationship was actually causing the stress. The sex was bad, at least the little of it that there was. Which did not justify, but perhaps made reasonable, the first concrete in a series of events that signaled the beginning of the end. About two weeks ago, while G. and Britney were still together, a group of girls from Syracuse came to visit G.’s roommates. They all got wasted, and G. Killian found himself doing the hibbity dibbity with an Orangewoman. (There was no sex, but lots of other stuff.) Boy would his face be red when Britney found out. Meanwhile, Samantha, who usually enjoys her status as a free agent, has gone from borderline loose to happily tied down. She met him, “This extraordinarily beautiful man — tall, dark, slender” early in the year at the last stop after a night at the bars. Always in the mood for excitement and rarely hindered by fear, Samantha walk over to his table, introduced herself, and invited Denzel and his friends to entertain her for the rest of the night. Samantha and Denzel hit it off, but not much more happened until a few weeks later, when Samantha decided to invite Denzel to a party one of her friends was having. Since that day, not one has gone by where she has not seen him. At the beginning of the year, when this column premiered, Samantha said that it would take an extraordinary man (in bed) to capture her attention and make her put away her little black book. At this point, she can’t even remember where she put it. Across campus, G. Killian’s the redness was realized, as he was almost caught in a white lie. A few days after his drunken incident, that we won’t call cheating, but rather a manifestation of the frustration of a relationship on the rocks, he spoke with Britney on the phone. She asked how things went with the girls from Syracuse. This was no surprise, since G. Killian had already told Britney that they would be visiting. After he told her that nothing happened, she said, “If I you hooked up with one of them, I would be mad, but I would see why I did it due to the situation between us.” He responded with a heartfelt confession. This confession, however, was not a retaliation, whose result was a mutual decision that time apart was in order as a resolution to their war. It was unclear if it was the assassination of Archduke Francis Ferdinand, or the underlying beef between the countries that caused their current distance, but it didn’t matter. What was clear was that now they were at each other’s throats and needed to get away for a bit. They tried to justify their situation. Is it good idea to spend all of college tied down? If they were, in fact, “meant to be,” wouldn’t everything work out no matter what? Would it work out even if they did enjoy their college experiences in part independently? Nevertheless, they were both relieved. They ended the stalemate talks with two rules: 1) “Don’t ask, don’t tell” (to maintain their friendship) and 2) “don’t catch anything” (as a precautionary measure in the event of a complete reconciliation). Not that it was over. There was still more hanging up of phones, more nights crying themselves to sleep to be had, and more battles to be fought. And, most importantly, the clinging to the hope that eventually things would work themselves out and true love will conquer all. Away from the broken and into the wholly exciting, Samantha says that sex has been ridiculous: “Three hours — the bed, the desk, the couch, the wall and the floor.” In fact, Samantha said that Denzel had to ration the amount of sex that they have because he was losing weight from the frequency of their sex. Samantha is off the list and loving every minute of it. All is good on Samantha’s peaceful relationship front. She is thoroughly enjoying her end of the theoretical equilibrium. G. Killian is dealing with his rougher front, although all is relatively quiet. A love won, and, at least temporarily, one lost. And, just to make sure that the good continues to balance the bad, as long as G. Killian and Britney’s rules of un-engagement are obeyed, condoms will surely continue to pull their own weight as well (although admittedly the very thought of a latex association with Burns is quite sickening). That said, all is well in love and war. Next week, Samantha, G. Killian, and the rest of Four-nication will venture to the Adult Book Store — Oh God!Archived article by Sara Katz