Pennsylvania is definitely not the field hockey squad’s favorite place to play. The Red stickwomen (2-4, 1-1 Ivy) were beaten twice this weekend, with the first loss coming at the hands of the Penn (2-3, 1-1), 3-0. The loss was a tough to swallow for the Red, which hadn’t been shut out thus far this season.
“We dominated most of the game, but we just couldn’t score,” said head coach Phil Sykes.
Junior Liz Lorelli netted a pair of unassisted goals for the Quakers at just five minutes into the contest. Both defenses were solid, stopping all other offensive efforts for the first half.
Overall, Penn held the margin in shots, 11-7, as well as penalty corners, 5-4. Senior goal keeper Kaitlin Tierney made five saves on the hard Franklin Field turf in the losing effort.
The Red did not fair much better the next day in Easton, Penn. Lafayette dropped the Red by the same margin as Penn, in a 4-1 victory. The lone — and unassisted — goal for Cornell came in the second half from senior midfielder and tri-captain Karleigh Burns. It was her first goal of the season.
Similar to Penn, the Leopards held a huge advantage in shots, 28-9, as well as penalty corners, 7-4. In the first half alone, the Leopards outshot Cornell by a margin of 18-1. Tierney made a season-high 11 saves in goal for the Red, yet because she was tested so often, let four go by.
Junior Missy Farrand scored the first two goals of the game for Lafayette unassisted, and the team never looked back, notching two more goals in the second frame.
Cornell hopes to turn things around this weekend when it faces two opponents it defeated last season.
The Red will again be on the road — traveling to New Haven, Conn., to face Yale at noon on Saturday. Cornell will then square off against Rhode Island Sunday afternoon.
“One of our main focuses this year has not been our opposition, but ourselves and how we play,” said Sykes, “and I feel like we are improving.”
Cornell’s next home game is not until Oct. 12 against Harvard, and it will have just three of its remaining 10 games in Ithaca.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro