April 28, 2003
Tennis Teams Finish By Losing to Tigers
| April 28, 2003
The men’s (16-7, 3-4 Ivy) and women’s (2-13, 0-7) tennis teams both fell to Princeton on Friday, yet the teams had vastly different contests.
The men battled the Tigers throughout the match at the Reis Tennis Center and fell by a score of 4-3. Earning singles victories for the team were junior Julian Cheng at the No. 2 spot and freshman Brett McKeon at the No. 4 spot, both in straight sets. With the victory, McKeon matched junior Scott Spencer for the most singles victories against Ivy competition at five wins apiece.
Spencer had just his second loss of the spring season, falling at the No. 5 spot in three sets after winning the first set 6-0. Spencer did, however, get a victory at the No. 1 doubles spot with classmate Michael Schlappig. The Red took the doubles point with a victory at the No. 3 spot, as juniors Scott Paltrowitz, and Zach Gallin — who returned from injury — posted a convincing 8-1 victory.
Gallin also returned to his normal No. 1 singles spot, but did not fare as well, falling in straight sets, to Trevor Smith of Princeton. Gallin noted that, “It was good to get back out there. It’s tough to sit and watch your team without being able to participate.” The Red completed their season with a 16-7 overall and 3-4 against strong Ivy competition.
The women struggled in their match, failing to win a set in singles play, eventually losing to the Tigers 7-0, at the Lenz Tennis Center at Princeton. The closest the women came to a victory was at the No. 2 doubles spot where sophomore Melissa Tu and freshman Kara Molloy fell 9-7.
The Red felt the wrath of a strong Princeton team who featured a nationally ranked player, Neha Uberoi at the No. 2 spot, who defeated junior Laura Leigh Tallent in straight sets. The women ended their season with a 2-13 overall record, and were winless in Ivy play at 0-7.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro
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April 29, 2003
They arrived on East Hill wide-eyed and full of dreams, and for some in this year’s freshman class those visions were realized. After two semesters, countless grueling hours of practice, and season full of blood, sweat and tears, these individuals have distinguished themselves on the local, regional and national scene. They are the Cornell Daily Sun’s Top 10 Freshman Athletes. Stefano Caprara, Men’s Swimming and Diving One of the top rookies in the Ivy League, Caprara quickly became one of the swimming team’s top contributors. Besides earning six top-10 finishes at the EISL meet, he also set a school record in the 200-yard backstroke. It wasn’t the only time he’d crack into the books, however, as Caprara assisted on two relay records and earned one more individual before the season’s end. Lenny Collins, Men’s Basketball While most freshman forwards don’t see much of the hardwood, Collins was not the typical rookie. He averaged 8.2 points per game, 5.1 rebounds, and 1.3 steals to lead all Ivy freshman. At the same time, Collins hit 80 percent of his free throws, nearly half of his shots from the field, and over a third of the 3-pointers. The freshman also started 20 of 27 contests, becoming an integral part of the offense. After a phenomenal freshman season and seven Ivy League Rookie of the Week awards, Collins was crowned the league’s Rookie of the Year — the first Cornellian to earn the award in 10 years. Shannon Fraser, Women’s Soccer It took just 75 minutes for Fraser to establish herself as an offensive power at Cornell. The freshman assisted on junior Emily Knight’s game winner in the team’s first game of 2002, and never looked back. Fraser continued to play the role of assist maker, recording five on the season, as she and the team made an ECAC post-season run. The freshman also netted three goals, to finish as the team’s second leading scorer. Andrew George, Men’s Soccer When everything else seemed to go wrong during the men’s soccer season, George always seemed to stand out, often providing the vital offense spark. George played in each of the team’s 16 matches, leading the team in scoring with three goals and seven points. George was also second on the team in shot percentage. Dustin Manotti, Wrestling While there may be some who believe that sophomore Travis Lee is the pinnacle of Ivy wrestling, they probably haven’t had the chance to watch Manotti on the mat. The 149-pound grappler was consistently in the national rankings during his rookie season, and for good reason. Manotti went 33-10 in a season that saw Cornell rise to the top of the Ivies. Powered by Manotti and his key individual wins, the Red won its 24th Ivy title, and first since 1995. The freshman went on to earn All-American status at the NCAA wrestling championships and was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year for his efforts. Matt Moulson, Men’s Hockey Despite missing the first four games of the season, Moulson broke into the top line of the men’s hockey team and produced some incredible results, including a trip to the NCAA Frozen Four. Freshest in the minds of most fans, the rookie almost single-handedly ended the Dartmouth jinx, recording the Red’s first hat trick in five years in the process. Moulson picked up several accolades including ECAC Rookie of the Week, and USCHO.com’s Division I Offensive Player of the Week honors for his weekend efforts. Jen Munhofen, Women’s Hockey If scoring was a question mark heading into the 2002-03 women’s hockey season, Munhofen was easily the answer. Despite her age, the rookie led the team in scoring with five goals, and had seven assists to finish with 12 points. With her effort, Munhofen easily broke into the lineup, playing in all 27 of her team’s games. Meghan Phair, Fencing Phair didn’t let anything stop her this season … not even the snow. After overcoming a mid-western blizzard, the freshman arrived at the NCAA fencing championships and the national scene. When the weekend was over, Phair had finished sixth in the epee division and was recognized as an All-American. Sweeter still, Phair’s win came over long-time Princeton rival Kira Hohensee. The ending was just icing on the cake, however, as Phair spent the regular season as the best epee fencer on the team and in the league. Matt Serediak, Men’s Squash A consistent performer, Serediak propelled the men’s squash team into the national rankings. The freshman also knocked off several top players including Yale’s Julian Illingworth, then the No. 3 squasher in the nation. After ending his season as the nation’s 12th best, Serediak was named first team All-Ivy and second team All-America. The 12th-place ranking was also the highest any Cornellian had ever been in the polls. Allison Schindler, Women’s Lacrosse Breaking into the lineup early, Schindler hasn’t wasted any time in becoming one of Cornell’s most potent offensive threats. She recently broke the team’s freshman assist record and is quickly approaching the all-time mark. After yesterday’s win over Stanford, she needs just three more assists to make the record books for the second time this season.Archived article by Matt Janiga
April 29, 2003
The baseball season is not yet a month old, but the New York Yankees are already 20-5. Not that this should be a shock. It is quickly becoming apparent that no matter what monetary restrictions major league baseball attempts to impose in the interest of a level playing field, it will ultimately mean nothing. The Yankees will scream, complain, lay off low-level employees, eliminate dental plans, and still go out and overpay for the two best foreign free agents on the market. It’s the nature of their system. And it’s easy for the Yankees fan to insist that high payroll is a direct result of a smarter front office more concerned about winning than the 29 other teams. But it’s also easy to make up for the free agent who turns out to be a bust when money is no object. It is very easy to spend more money than other teams when the Yankees’ revenue dwarfs that of everyone else. The Yankees are just an example of a continuing trend in sports. With their free spending ways, the Yankees are raising the bar for every team in baseball. As each team increases payroll, the amount of money it asks for television rights fees, in-stadium advertising, game tickets, and even parking and concessions also increases. It is getting to the point at which it is prohibitively expensive for an average family to attend a major league baseball game. Of course, this does not end with baseball. This season, the NBA became the first of the four major leagues to televise its All-Star Game on cable rather than network TV. This is a byproduct of a new TV contract that for the first time makes the network subordinate to the cable operator rather than the other way around. It likely won’t stop there either. As carrying professional sports becomes less and less of a money-making proposition for the major networks, fewer games will be available over the air, and cable rates will inevitably increase even more. And ESPN is already the most expensive non-premium cable network out there. Yet, despite the rising costs that will deny many people access to enjoy professional sports, society still places a disproportionate amount of stock in our sports heroes. Probably the most nauseating aspect of the Michael Jordan farewell tour (of which there were many) was his final game at the MCI Center, before which defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld presented him with an American flag that flew over the Pentagon on the first anniversary of Sept. 11. This, mind you, was while the United States was actively engaged in a war. Michael Jordan. The most politically inactive sports hero ever. The man, who during his first game at the MCI Center last season, bowed his head and paid more attention to the back of his hand then President Bush, who appeared on the jumbotron to give an update on military operations in Afghanistan. The same man whose only public comments regarding the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks were to explain to a group of firefighters gathered to watch the Wizards scrimmage that he wasn’t playing because his foot hurt. Obviously, sports have their place in society — in my opinion a prominent place. But what happens when we let it go too far? Why is it that the country was so transfixed by the O.J. Simpson murder trail in 1994? While, yes, it was a bizarre and interesting story, I can guarantee it wouldn’t have drawn a quarter of that attention if Simpson wasn’t a star running back in a previous life. Or why did former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani repeatedly declare it was acceptable for city schoolchildren to skip school to attend the Yankees’ four different World Series parades? Indeed, sports do have their place in society. But just how far is too far? And when will the inevitable conflict occur between the public’s obsession and the public’s inability to pay for its obsession? — This week, three seniors will appear in the Sun’s sports section for the final time. Amanda Angel, Alex Fineman, and Kristen Haunss have been invaluable members of this section for the past four years and the Sun has been a better place because of them. While a few words won’t do, I want to express my gratitude to all of them. Amanda, I remember at elections last year, Shiva said that you would make the Sun the best sports section in the Ivy League. Well, there is no question in my mind that you have accomplished that. Thank you for all you’ve done for the Sun and for me. Your work will always be my motivation. I can’t wait to read your syndicated column. Alex, your writing and editing skills are amazing. You’ve definitely raised the standards of the section and the Sun will be much better for it. And you may be able to light me up for fade away jumpers from all over the driveway, but I will kick your ass in fantasy baseball! Good luck with the future. You’ll be an excellent addition to any sports section. Kristen, my favorite beat partner. How nice to finally have a winning team. I have enjoyed every soccer, basketball, and lacrosse game this year more because you were there. From being surrounded by Penn fans to traveling home to watch lacrosse, this year has been very rewarding. Schoellkopf won’t be the same without you next spring. Thank you to John Nigro for making every trip down to The Sun a special treat. Your expertise and advice has been almost as valuable as your ability to keep things light. Good luck with whatever you do. The Sun won’t be the same with out you. Finally, thanks to you, the readers. It’s been a privilege to welcome you into the “O-Zone” this year. I hope you’ve enjoyed it as much as I have. Have a great summer. — Owen Bochner is a Sun Assistant Sports Editor. In The O-Zone has appeared every other Tuesday this semester.Archived article by Owen Bochner