The Cornell women’s polo team tied the Garrison Polo Club this Friday 13-13 in a match that displayed the defensive brilliance of both squads.
The Garrison Polo Club is a team from Maryland that includes two former Cornell alumnae, Heather Torrey ’00 and Sarah Gonpf ’99.
“I really [have enjoyed] the times [I’ve played] for and against Cornell,” said Gonpf, who scored five of Garrison Polo Club’s thirteen goals.
The first chukker was sloppy and filled with penalties from both clubs. However, key defensive plays from both sides, specifically by senior Melissa Riggs for the Red and Gonpf for Garrison, kept the game low scoring. The chukker ended in a 3-3 tie.
Things really began to loosen up in the second chukker with more clean,
hard play. The score stayed tight though, with the chukker closing at seven goals apiece.
“[Coach David Eldredge ’81] really brought in some great players to make us work [before regionals],” said Riggs.
The Red had a sloppy third chukker, taking a number of penalties that resulted in Garrison goals.
Cornell also failed to convert on a number of scoring opportunities.
Things looked bleak, with Garrison leading 11-8 by the end of the 3rd.
“This year, we’ve been able to out-finesse and out-think teams. [We could not do that] with the experience that [the Garrison Polo Club] has,” Eldredge said.
In the final chukker, however, Red fans witnessed some incredible play from the lady riders. With only 12 seconds left, sophomore Marisa Bianci put the ball home to culminate the brilliant comeback and end the game in a 13-13 tie.
“We had to out-gut them,” said Eldredge. “I could not have scripted this game any better.”
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