September 12, 2003

F. Hockey Opens Home Schedule This Weekend

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Last weekend was a mixed affair for the Red, as it split its first two matches of the season up north in Worcester, Mass.

The squad suffered a heartbreaking loss against Holy Cross 2-1 when the Crusaders converted a turnover into a goal in the 55th minute of play. Undaunted Cornell rallied the next day to outplay a talented Georgetown squad, winning by the score of 2-1. Now at .500 on the season, the squad returns to Ithaca this weekend hoping that its own turf will give it the edge it needs today against Columbia (0-2, 0-0 Ivy) and on Sunday against defending Mid-American conference champion Central Michigan.

The Columbia Lions, which returns five starters, had a tough time last weekend when they opened their season; dropping both of their matches in overtime. Last Friday it fell to Monmouth 1-0 on a goal scored with less than three minutes left in the first overtime. The loss was especially hard since the Lions had a goal by Erin Wesseldine that was disallowed earlier in the contest.

The next day Columbia fell to Rutgers by the score of 2-1. Despite both the losses, the team’s play has been strong, especially on defense with freshman goalie Kristina George making several key saves, including 12 against Rutgers. Junior defender Kate Mansur who was an All-Ivy honorable mention last season will be looking to shut down the Red’s potent offense.

Central Michigan also has failed to find a win thus far into the season, dropping a 1-0 loss to Indiana, and a 5-3 contest against Northwestern.

Picked fourth in a preseason poll for the Mid-American conference, the Chippewas return nine letterwinners from last year including All-MAC junior Kristy Reed, who was tied for the league lead in goals last season. Despite the Chippewas slow start, Reed has been on fire. During Central Michigan’s game against Northwestern, she found the back of the net immediately.

Central Michigan’s match with Cornell is part of two-game tour in upstate New York. They will face Syracuse on Friday as they search for their first win of the season.

Gametime for this evening is 7 p.m. on Schoellkopf field. Sunday’s game is set to start at noon.

Archived article by Chris Callanan

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