Tomorrow the stickwomen head out to Brown in hopes that they will push their way to the top of the Ivy League. Cornell (9-5, 3-1 Ivy) is tied for third in the Ivies with Dartmouth (9-4, 3-1), and a game behind undefeated Harvard (9-4, 4-0) and Princeton (7-5, 4-0).
Cornell is coming off a big weekend with wins against then No. 14 Virginia and Albany. The Cornell Varsity Athlete of the Week, junior attack Carissa Mirasol led the Red to a 2-1 victory in double overtime in the Virginia game. Cornell then notched the win against Albany and tied the school record of nine wins.
In this week’s coaches’ poll, Cornell received six votes. Presumably due to Virginia’s loss this past Saturday, the Cavaliers dropped to No. 19 in this week’s polls. Brown received no votes.
Brown, after a 9-1 loss to No. 16 Princeton, rebounded to defeat Providence 3-2 in penalty strokes last weekend. Brown goalie Katie Noe had a season-high 15 saves in the second game.
For Cornell, junior midfielder Lindsay Grace leads the Red in points with 16 on five goals and six assists. Junior goalkeeper Kaitlin Tierney has a 1.21 GAA with 983 minutes played and a total of 93 saves.
Laurel Pierpont leads the Bears with 26 points on 10 goals and six assists. Goalkeeper Noe has a 6.29 GAA in 890 minutes of game time.
In last year’s contest, Cornell lost to Brown 2-3 at home. The Red, already ahead of its 2-5 2001 Ivy record, is looking to remain in title contention. Cornell’s only in-conference loss this season was against Harvard, 2-0. It expects another close contest this weekend.
“Hopefully we’ll play as well as we did last week. We’re all expecting a tough game and a battle on the turf. They’re a physical team who play tough,” head coach Michelle Tambroni said of the Bears.
As to whether Tambroni has changed anything to prepare the team for the game, she said, “In the past they’ve beaten us to the ball, and we need to play more physical. We’ve been working on it in practice all week and really focusing on being more aggressive.
“We need to shut down Pierpont, with 10 goals already … she was one of our recruits, but hopefully we’ll be ready,” Tambroni added.
The game is tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. in Providence, R.I. Tambroni expects her team to use their momentum to break Cornell’s record for wins in a season.
“We need to be excited and outwill the team,” Tambroni said. “They’re going to want us … but we’ve got to want them more. If everyone plays well I think we can come out on top.”
Archived article by Josh Dormont