Junior attack Gina Testa entered this weekend with no goals as a collegiate player. She finished with three, as the field hockey team (2-2, 1-0 Ivy) split two games this weekend.
Friday night the Red blanked Columbia (0-3, 0-1) in its league opener, 3-0, at Schoellkopf Field. Testa, who came off the bench, scored two of her three goals on the weekend in the second half.
“It was very exciting to get in there and help the team,” said Testa of her career weekend.
Testa’s first goal came from an assist by senior attack and tri-captain Lindsay Grace. Grace, who also had a very productive weekend, added a goal of her own to open the scoring in the contest. Grace’s first points of the season came from an assist by junior attack Sara Weiner for her third point of the season.
Yet, the difference for the Red was on the defensive end. The stickwomen gave up just one shot in the second half, and only six the entire game. The defense also held the Lions to just two penalty corners to Cornell’s six. Senior goalie Kaitlin Tierney stopped five shots to record her first shutout of the season.
Yesterday was a different story for the Red. The Chippewas of Central Michigan marched into Ithaca and came away victorious by a score of 3-1.
Chippewa junior Alisa Falk netted a pair of goals in a three-goal barrage, including the game-winner in the beginning of the second half. Scoring just over 13 minutes in for the Red was the combination of Testa from Grace. Yet, the Red managed just four shots and Chippewa goalie Danielle Frank needed to stop just one to earn the victory.
In goal for the Red was junior Lori Blutinger, who recorded three saves before being replaced with Tierney. The senior made six saves in the second half.
Testa summed up the Red’s weekend saying, “We were disappointed that we lost (Sunday), but the important thing is we beat Columbia.”
The Red will be in action next weekend when it faces Penn on Saturday in Philadelphia, and again Sunday when it travels to Easton, Penn. to face the Leopards of Lafayette.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro