October 17, 2003
W. Soccer Visits Ivy Rival Yale
| October 17, 2003
Tomorrow, the women’s soccer team (7-2-2, 1-1-1 Ivy) travels to New Haven, Conn. for a pivotal Ivy League match with Yale (6-5-1, 0-2-1 Ivy). Coming off a three-game unbeaten streak, the Red looks to avenge the loss of a year ago, when the Bulldogs earned their first league win of the year on the pitch at Berman Field.
The Yale offense is led by sophomore forward Laurel Karnes. Though her team-high six goals may seem low, Karnes has the ability to find the back of the net if given the chance.
Karnes and the rest of the Bulldog strikers will face one of the best defensive units in the Northeast in Cornell, who is holding opponents to a stingy 1.20 goals a game even without injured All-Ivy goalkeeper, junior Katie Thomas. Out with a concussion, Thomas has turned the netminding duties over to freshman Katrina Matlin. Matlin has done well in the three games she’s played, earning a shutout against Army and giving up only 1.30 goals a game.
The play of Cornell’s back line, led by senior captains Lindsay Rovegno and Jo Galardy, has been tremendous. Aside from playing airtight defense throughout the season and starting the possession-style game that has been the team’s trademark, the Red defense has also contributed in the offensive half. Defenders have accounted for two goals and an assist, by Galardy and junior Natalie Dew, and Rovegno respectively.
Senior captain Emily Knight has scored three times as many goals all by herself, and this is a good thing. Knight is Cornell’s star forward and has found net nine times in 11 games. Combined with her three assists, Knight is good for more than a point a game.
Many of Knight’s goals have been set up by speedy sophomore forward Shannon Fraser.
Fraser has four assists on the season and her quickness and size will pose a match-up problem for Yale’s defensive front.
The tandem of Knight and Fraser have accounted for more than 50 percent of Cornell’s offensive production this season.
Kickoff is at 4 p.m.
Archived article by Per Ostman
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October 20, 2003
Heading into last season, expectations were high for the men’s hockey team. Ranked in the top-10 of both national polls and armed with NCAA tournament experience, Cornell was expected to contend for the national title. Coming into this year, the Red is still ranked among the best in the nation. However, with the graduation of seven seniors and the departure of statistically the best goalie in NCAA history, David LeNeveu ’05, there were more questions than answers heading into Saturday night’s annual Red-White intrasquad scrimmage. “When you have nine freshmen, going into the game with over a third of your team as first-year players, you have a lot of question marks,” Cornell assistant coach and White head coach Brent Brekke said. Some of those questions were answered, as newcomers Byron Bitz, Mark McCutcheon, and Mitch Carefoot all tallied, while the returning players showed that they’re as good as ever. The scrimmage had to have a winner, though. This year, it was the White squad, which prevailed by a 5-4 score. The scrimmage was organized into two 20-minute halves. Each half began with a 10-minute period of even-strength play before each squad took turns on a three-minute power play. The half then concluded with four minutes of five-on-five. After the two halves, each unit had a one-minute extra attacker session before the scrimmage concluded with a shootout. The Red scored first, as senior captain Ryan Vesce, last season’s leading scorer, beat senior goalie Todd Marr. Junior defenseman Charlie Cook picked up the assist on the goal, scored at 7:27 of the first half. That lead wouldn’t hold for long, as the White’s twin tandem of sophomores Chris and Cam Abbott struck just 11 seconds later. After breaking into the offensive zone, Chris Abbott dished the puck to his left to brother Cam, who beat sophomore Louis Chabot five-hole. The teams would remain scoreless until Bitz scored his first goal in front of the Lynah Faithful, hammering a slapshot past Marr to give the Red a 2-1 lead heading into halftime. Trailing 2-1, the White team scored two quick goals after halftime to take the lead. Junior Mike Knoepfli scored at 13:05 to even the score before McCutcheon wristed a shot past Chabot to give the White a 3-2 edge. “The thought process in recruiting them was that they’re offensive players,” Brekke said of standout freshmen Bitz and McCutcheon. “That’s what they’re expected to do. They did what we expected of them, and hopefully that continues.” Sophomore Dan Pegoraro knotted the score at 3-3 with a short-handed breakaway goal with 4:43 remaining in the second half. That score would stand until the shootout. In the shootout, the White took an early lead, when its first shooter, Knoepfli, beat Marr. Junior defenseman Jeremy Downs evened the game at 4-4. However, the very next shooter, the White’s Carefoot, beat Chabot for the gamewinner. Vesce, the Red’s last shooter had a chance to tie, but freshman netminder Dave McKee made a sprawling save to deny the captain. “it was a good save, bad move. He made a great save, and he roobed me,” Vesce said. “I had an open net and he reached back and Dave made a great save.” For the men’s hockey team, the game served more of an evaluation purpose. “It’s still going to take some time to filter out as far as who should be playing with whom and who should be playing in different situations. It’s definitely a big help to have a game like that tonight,” Brekke said. “We have to fine tune our systems a little bit. The power play is definitely an area we need to work on. The penalty kill can always get better. We’ve got a talented team. It’s just putting them into the Cornell system that’s going to make the team successful,” Vesce said. Even though it was an intrasquad game, the coaches of the two squads still wanted the win and the bragging rights along with it. “You never want to lose in an intrasquad game. You hear about it for the whole year until the next intrasquad game. It’s a little fun competitiveness,” Red coach Scott Garrow said. “I’ve known Brent since we played together at Western [Michigan] and I don’t like to lose to him in anything.” After only three official practices, just playing at Lynah was the biggest thrill for the icers. “It was nice to get back and playing hockey,” Garrow said.Archived article by Alex Ip
October 20, 2003
No starting quarterback. No leading running back. No problem. Or at least that’s what the opening of Saturday’s football game against Georgetown seemed to indicate. Its closing, however, told a different story. Cornell (1-4, 0-2 Ivy) roared into the first quarter of this weekend’s 42-20 loss to the Georgetown Hoyas (3-4, 1-2 Patriot). After the Hoyas opened the scoring with a 35-yard run by sophomore Marcus Slayton, the Red offense took over to erase the seven-point deficit. Senior quarterback D.J. Busch, starting for an injured Mick Razzano, marched the Red downfield on 12 plays for 76 yards and the team’s first points of the game. Busch’s target of choice was junior receiver Carlos Hill, who caught two passes for 39 yards and a touchdown on the Cornell scoring drive. A quick defensive series and one field goal later, Cornell found itself with a 10-7 lead in the early second quarter. Cornell’s defense was able to hold Georgetown during the next drive, but then, things began to fall apart. Sophomore tailback Andre Hardaway carried the ball three times on Cornell’s next drive, steadily moving the team towards midfield. On his third attempt, however, the Red was whistled for a holding penalty, erasing all of Hardaway’s gains. Cornell’s next mistake came just a few plays later when Busch fumbled the ball and Georgetown recovered. “I think one of the big momentum turns was the fumble,” said Busch. “You go out there, you’re moving the ball, you score a quick 10 points, and you go and put your defense in the hole. That’s what happens. Good teams will respond, and Georgetown answered.” Already in the red zone, Georgetown easily moved the ball forward. One pass and two carries later, the Hoyas were up 14-10. But the worst was yet to come. Busch and the Cornell offense failed to convert on their next third-down attempt. In what appeared to be a routine fourth-down play, junior punter Mike Baumgartel sent the ball 42 yards to the Georgetown 10-yard line. What happened next, however, was anything but routine. Hoya senior Luke McArdle fielded the punt and darted upfield. Finding an open lane, he took the ball 88 yards. McArdle appeared to be endzone bound, but junior Nate Tarsi caught up with him and hauled him down at the two-yard line. Slayton scored his second touchdown on the very next play, carrying it in from two yards out to give Georgetown a 21-10 lead. McArdle repeated the feat on the next punt return. Cornell failed to move the chains again, setting Baumgartel up at the Red’s 29-yard line. McArdle ran the 48-yard punt back to Cornell’s 21. Five plays later, and the Hoyas were in the endzone again. The second half was similar, with Georgetown turning Cornell mistakes into two additional touchdowns. While it would appear that special teams was the weakest part of Cornell’s game on Saturday, senior defensive end Kevin Rooney didn’t pass the blame for the loss. “We don’t make excuses, and whenever we’re put on the field we have to stop them,” he said of the defense. “We failed to do that and that’s why we lost. The onus is on us to stop Georgetown and we didn’t do that.” For Cornell head coach Tim Pendergast, the questions didn’t start with any one unit of the team. Instead, the questions, and answers, began with the Red’s mistakes. “We don’t sit there at practice on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and fumble the ball. We don’t sit there on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday and allow punts to be returned on us,” he said. “We don’t miss tackles. We don’t see a lot of things that we see here done today, and we’re going to try like hell to find the answers to why.” Overall, Cornell was called for 35 yards on five penalties, and two lost fumbles. While the offense converted on four of its six red zone attempts, and gained 385 total yards on the day, the coaching staff found it hard to see any positives. “I’m very frustrated that the positives are overshadowed by the huge negatives,” Pendergast said. “As I mentioned, turnovers, dropped balls, penalties; I can go on and on and on, but the positives right at this point don’t ease how I feel, and I’m sure they don’t ease how our players feel.” Busch echoed Pendergast’s statements. “Any positives we had out there on offense and defense are largely outweighed by the negatives,” he said. “We can’t turn the ball over and we can’t shoot ourselves in the foot like we repeatedly do.” The team will spend the next week refocusing itself on its remaining Ivy games. Rooney dismissed any thoughts that the team might continue its losing trend. “A lot of times they say there are two ways you can go, but I think for our guys there’s only one way you can go and that’s just to get back at it and try to do the things that we didn’t do today the rest of the last five games.”Archived article by Matt Janiga