The No. 12 women’s lacrosse team (8-4, 3-2 Ivy) came through in a big way this past Saturday, beating Brown (4-7, 2-2), 15-11, on Schoellkopf Field in front of a crowd of 583. The Red desperately needed this win to have any realistic chance of reaching the postseason.
“It was critical [to win this game],” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “At this stretch we have four losses, [and] we really can’t lose any more [if we expect to make it to] the postseason.”
The first half began as somewhat of a disaster for the Red. Brown came out hard early in the game with four quick goals in a span of about three minutes. It was not until 17:27 when the Red finally got on the scoreboard. Freshman attack Allison Schindler was the first to hit pay dirt, scoring off of a free position shot.
“They started out really strongly,” explained Graap. “We didn’t look like we were ready for them at the beginning of the game.”
From that point on, Cornell was on fire. Despite the “overrated” chant coming from the 20 or so Brown fans in the stands, the Red finally showed why it is one of the top teams in the nation. Cornell outscored the Bears 9-1 in the remainder of the second half to take a 9-5 lead into the break.
“Everything went their way [early in the first half],” said Graap. “[Sophomore attacker Lindsay] Steinberg did an awesome job [on the later draws] and that changed all the momentum. Steinberg played amazing[ly] for us today.”
The second half was characterized by sloppy play by both teams. This was most evident when junior goalie Ashley Charron was given a yellow card, leaving the net open for a free position shot for Brown. After several distracting false starts by the Red, the Bears missed the open net. The failure to convert kept Brown down 13-10. Freshman goalie Maggie Fava temporarily replaced the penalized Charron. Fava made two crucial saves to keep the Red’s lead.
“Everyone on the team was just praising Fava,” said Graap. “It’s huge for her to step in like that