January 24, 2003

W. Polo Returns Home

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Following a seven-week hiatus, the women’s polo team is tentatively scheduled to return to Oxley tomorrow evening to take on Eastern Division foe Garrison Forest. The women will look to continue their strong first half as they drive towards a a bid for a fourth consecutive national championship.

Under Ivy League regulations, all athletic teams are required to have a seven week break. Only a slim number of Ivy League schools have polo teams, but those few are still required to follow this rule. The rule has provided obstacles towards achieving team chemistry customary to this point of the year.

Judging by its last few performances, the Red has finally gelled as a team. Cornell recently won the William S. Field invitational. Wins that weekend came over Yale, UC Davis and an eventual 19-9 victory over UVA. In recent years, Cornell has been a national polo powerhouse. Last year the women captured the championship title despite the fact that one of their best players had come down with the flu. This season the lady riders are undefeated with 10 wins. Sticking with the team this semester are sophomore Molly Buck, juniors Harriet Antczak, Marisa Bianchi, and Kristen Taylor, and seniors Taylor McLean and Audrey Robertson.

However after Saturday’s match, Cornell will have six more chances to recapture its winning combination. Before Eastern Regionals begin, the Red will once again have to face Purdue, Yale and UVA. This Saturday however, fans can watch the lady riders at 8:15 p.m. in the Oxley Equestrian Center.

Archived article by Matt Janiga