February 22, 2002

Men's Polo Plays Club Team

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This weekend, the men’s polo team looks to rebound from its loss last weekend to UVA against the Gardnertown Polo Club. Gardnertown, a club from Newburgh, N.Y., is composed of a group of experienced and skilled players, including two Cornell alumni.

“It’s a good, quality team,” said Cornell men’s polo coach David Eldredge ’81. “They should be good preparation for the regional tournament.”

One could partially attribute Cornell’s 19-12 home loss to UVA last week to the Red’s lack of communication and flow on the field. This weekend, Senter Johnson and Co. hope to correct the mistakes they made against the Cavaliers.

“We really struggled against UVA last week,” said Eldredge. “This week we moved [No. 2 player Javier Alcover] to the No. 3 position and [No. 3 player Jeff Markle] to the No. 2 position. Jav is more of a defensive player, and so far, from what I saw in practice this week, this change should work for us.”

Another concern for the Red will be the condition of frontman Johnson, who is still recovering from a knee injury he suffered three weeks ago.

“Senter is still healing from his injury,” said Eldredge, “but he’s getting stronger every day, and we hope to get a full game out of him.”

The Red will see whether it can correct the shortcomings of last weekend at Oxley Equestrian Center this Saturday at 8:15 p.m.

Archived article by Michael Pandolfini