October 4, 2001

Fall Break With the Red

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Can’t wait to get away from Cornell?

Looking forward to leaving prelims and papers behind?

Is the East Hill something that would look best in the rear-view mirror right about now?

Sure, there’s a lot of work you probably won’t miss over fall break, but can you bear to be without Cornell athletics for an extended weekend?

Haven’t you ever wondered what the away jerseys look like, anyway?

Last year, I had the privilege of watching the men’s hockey team outplay Vermont in one of the most exciting hockey games I’ve ever seen. Cornell successfully killed a penalty in overtime and then scored a power play goal to win, 3-2. Did I mention that it was over winter break and that I sat in a sea of green and yellow? My Cornell jersey became a target for whatever trash the Catamount fans had on hand. But walking out of the rink knowing that my team won was a great feeling.

So if you’re lucky enough to be headed to one of the cities that’s hosting a Cornell team this weekend, do yourself a favor and go see the Red.

New York City — Volleyball will open up its Ivy League slate of games at Columbia at 7:00 p.m. on Friday. The spikers have won five of their last six matches heading into the Lions’ den. Meanwhile, Columbia is on a six-game winning streak.

Philadelphia — The men’s and women’s soccer teams will both be lining up against Penn in a doubleheader on Saturday afternoon. The men take the field at noon. Coach Bryan Scales’ squad will be searching for its first Ancient Eight win after playing Yale to a scoreless tie last weekend. The Quakers, who are seeing their first Ivy opponent of the year, are ranked seventh in the Mid-Atlantic Region. If you go, find me in the stands — I’ll be there.

The women’s team, with Ivy League Rookie of the Week Katie Thomas in net, will try to improve their Ivy record to 2-0 when they take on the Quakers at 2:30 p.m. Penn’s women’s team is 5-1-1, but the one loss came in its only Ivy game so far, against Dartmouth.

On Sunday, the field hockey team will be hosted by the Quakers at noon. The Red are already 2-0 in Ivy play and have also won five of their last six games. During that stretch, Michelle Tambroni’s troops nearly upset the number six team in the country, Michigan State. Penn is 1-0 in Ivy play but is only 1-7 overall.

Boston — The men’s tennis squad will compete in the ECAC Invitational at Harvard on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. After the Cornell Fall Outdoor Invitational and the Yale Invitational, the team should be ready to take on the conference. The Crimson is seeded first, and the field includes the top 16 Division I teams in the Northeast. If nothing else, get used to making fun of Harvard and the rest of the ECAC.

Syracuse — The softball team will be participating in the Syracuse Fall Tournament on Saturday. The defending Ivy League champions aren’t scheduled to play a game in Ithaca until March 27, but you can catch the sneak preview this weekend if you’re a few miles north of Cornell. The team bumped off the Orangewomen in the finals of the New York State Collegiate Softball Officials Fall Invitational on Sunday. The Red boasts two All-Ivy players in sophomores Kate Varde and Erin Sweeney.

Easton, Pa. — Not too many of you will be heading to Easton for fall break, I’m sure. But if you are, the field hockey team will be at Lafayette for another game on Monday at noon.

Ithaca — There will be some of you who won’t make it out of Ithaca’s confines. But fear not. You can still catch the football team gun for their first win of the year in its home opener against Lehigh at 1 p.m. on Saturday. Also, the volleyball team will be returning to Ithaca along with Columbia to finish the home-and-home series with the Lions. That match is at 1 p.m. Sunday.

If you don’t cross the Mason-Dixon line on your way out of town tomorrow, try to get yourself to an opponent’s venue to see the Red in action in an away game. And after the Red come away with a win, try not to let yourself get hit with anything thrown by the home crowd.

Archived article by Alex Fineman