An effort so elegantly orchestrated finished yet again in a heartbreaker of a loss. A dominating offense balanced with a stringent defense has been evident this season for the field hockey team but the inability for the Red to close the game and receive the “W” has been a challenge. Losing a hard-fought battle in overtime or dropping a nail bitter in the final seconds of regulation has been all too familiar to Cornell.
On Saturday, the Red closed its season by battling Dartmouth through three fearsome overtime periods. The Red trailed the entire contest and began to storm back late in the first half. It netted two unanswered goals as sophomore Carissa Mirasol got Cornell on the board first. With 3:13 left in the first half, senior attacker Ashleigh Snelson tied the game at 2-2.
After two overtime sessions, the Red and Big Green were knotted at 2-2. A shoot-out format was then used to determine the winner. Each team selected five players and five rounds later Dartmouth prevailed.
Freshman Stephanie Maher and sophomore Karliegh Burns connected for the Red in the shoot-out.
After four shoot-out rounds, the score was tied 2-2. The fifth and final round determined the winner as Dartmouth’s Abigail Clark clinched the win in dramatic fashion.
Sophomore goaltender Kaitlin Tierney put together yet another solid performance with 10 saves.
The Red finished the 2001 season with a record of 7-9 overall (2-5 in the Ivy League). Coach Tambroni and the Red will hope to build on this season and put together a solid run for the 2002 season that will land them in contention for an Ivy League crown.
Archived article by Andrew Knauer