November 14, 2003
W. Icers Home For Pair
| November 14, 2003
After this weekend’s games against St. Lawrence, the women’s hockey team will not have another game at Lynah Rink until 2004. In between, it will have nine games in four different states and two different countries.
Yet first the Red will have to face Saints, the fifth-ranked team in the nation, and their senior forward Gina Kingsbury, who returns to the lineup after playing with Team Canada in the Four Nations Cup. Kingsbury is currently sixth in St. Lawrence history with 99 career points and fourth in career goals with 49.
Last season, Kingsbury had three goals and two assists against the Red in two 8-1 victories, including a four-point outburst in the first match-up. Kingsbury and the Saints hope she can replicate that performance so she can hit the century mark in points, but more importantly, so the team can earn a victory.
The two victories for the Saints last season gave them 10 all time against Cornell, including the last nine straight. Both games ended with 8-1 scores, as St. Lawrence dominated. Sophomore Jen Munhofen led the way for the Red, tallying one assist and one goal off an assist from classmate Caitlin Warren, on the weekend. Sophomore goalie Flora Vineberg stopped 15 shots in a relief appearance in the first contest.
The Red is looking for its first victory of this season after dropping its first two games last weekend at the hands of Colgate and Clarkson. The Red’s lone goal of the weekend came off the stick of sophomore Vicki Hodgkinson off a feed from classmate Andrea Skinner. The Red will look to snap its early losing streak and win on its home ice — something it was only able to accomplish once all last season.
It won’t be easy though, as Cornell takes on St. Lawrence, which comes off a weekend split with the University of New Hampshire. The ninth-ranked Wildcats rebounded from an overtime loss to the Saints to defeat them, 6-3, two days later.
The Saints come into Ithaca for their first ECAC game of the year, after compiling a 4-3-1 record thus far.
Archived article by Chris Mascaro
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November 17, 2003
The men’s soccer team finished its season on a strong note, tying the fourth ranked team in New York, Columbia (10-4-3, 3-2-2 Ivy), on Saturday night at Berman Field 1-1. The Red (5-9-2, 2-3-2 Ivy) won its most Ivy games in three years, and most likely eliminated the Lions’ chances of an at-large bid to the NCAA College Cup. “That wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world,” said head coach Bryan Scales in reference to spoiling Columbia’s postseason hopes. The booters have more to be proud of than that, as they displayed a lot of heart and determination, especially in the second half. “I’m really proud of the effort that they put in tonight, and that was a real good performance for us. That’s what we’re looking for, at this stage, is the commitment and it was here tonight,” remarked Scales. The Red got on the board early, as junior Peter Lynch slid a low shot through a defender on net that Columbia keeper Dean Arnoaoutakis saved. Freshman Ryan Imamura was there to collect the rebound, and he dished it to classmate Nick Leonard, who slammed it home from the right side for his second goal of the year. After the goal, Cornell kept up the pressure on the offensive end, but got a scare on its defensive side when junior goalie David Mahoney collided with a Cornell defender as he went out to play the ball in the 34th minute. Junior Scott Palguta was able to clear the ball, however, to prevent Columbia from getting a shot at the empty net. With just over a minute to play in the first half, Columbia’s Oladero Ola-Niyi received the ball to the left of the Cornell goal from Stephen Foster, and sent a strike past Mahoney for his third goal of the season. Despite letting up a goal in the waning moments of the half, the Red came out after halftime with a lot of intensity. “They could have folded, that’s a terrible time to give a goal up, and they came out in the second half and went after them again. We kept going forward and going forward,” said Scales. Sophomore Kuda Wekwete made a great play in the 57th minute, as he stole the ball from a Columbia defender, and went in on a breakaway. The goalie rushed in and before Wekwete could get the shot off, he was tripped up from behind. “I don’t know how you don’t have a penalty kick there with Kuda going in on goal, so there’s lots of calls during the game that don’t go your way, but you have to hope that they don’t determine the fate of the game,” remarked Scales. Mahoney was tested in the 67th minute, when Thorsteinn Gestsson received the ball inside the Cornell box. He one-touched it toward the left post, but Mahoney came up with the quick save. In the 90th minute, Mahoney made his biggest stop of the game, as he made a diving save, leaving him out of position. Columbia collected the rebound, but the shot on the open net was blocked by a Cornell defender. “I thought we dominated the whole second half of the game, and then in the overtimes, where we had a lot of good chances to finish the game, we just didn’t,” said Scales. The Red’s best chance in the first overtime was set up by senior Ian Pilarski. Pilarski brought the ball up the right side of the field and crossed it to Palguta on the left. He blew by the last Columbia and launched a high shot that Arnoaoutakis tipped slightly. “When you get inside the penalty box and you have open shots on goal, it’s a matter of concentration and striking a good ball and keeping it down. It’s frustrating to miss chances inside the penalty area especially when you have so many of them, but that’s part of soccer,” commented Scales. In the second overtime, the booters put five shots on goal, but could not find the back of the net. With three minutes to go in the second extra session, Pilarski broke in on goal after beating his defender. He launched a shot from the left that hit the outside of the goal. “It’s going to be a long offseason for us, and although we didn’t win the game today, we have to be pleased with our performance. At least it says the guys said ‘You know what? We didn’t quit,’ and that’s the bottom line,” said Scales. Archived article by Jonathan Auerbach
November 17, 2003
The football team’s seniors were honored for their years of dedication in a pre-game ceremony this Saturday. After that, however, the juniors promptly stole the show. Columbia junior quarterback Jeff Otis hit classmate Wade Fletcher for two touchdowns on the way to a 34-21 victory over Cornell. The Lions’ (4-5, 3-3 Ivy) offense moved the ball quickly and efficiently in the first half, whereas the Red’s (1-8, 0-6) got off to a rocky start. Cornell sophomore Andre Hardaway received the opening kickoff at his team’s own 14-yard line. Cutting his way upfield, Hardaway was stopped just past the 30. Unfortunately for Cornell, the ball kept going. Columbia’s kicker recovered the fumble at the 42-yard line to give the Lions prime field position. Within four plays, they were in the endzone on a Fletcher reception. The Red’s offensive woes continued on the fourth drive of the game. Backed in at its own 14, Cornell lined up in a passing formation. The snap to senior quarterback D.J. Busch was high, however, causing him to scramble after it in the end zone. When Busch looked up, the Columbia defenders were right there with him. Hurried and looking for a receiver, the senior quarterback aired it out over the middle of the field. Busch found one. He just wasn’t on Cornell. Columbia’s Steve Cargile intercepted Busch’s pass right between the numbers. With a wide open lane before him, he was able to return the ball 20 yards. Columbia ended the drive with a field goal to make the score 10-0. “We dug ourselves a pretty big hole the first half, and most of it came unfortunately on turnovers,” said Cornell head coach Tim Pendergast. Yet, as deep as the hole extended, Cornell seemed to be on the verge of climbing out. After the Lions handed the team a 10-point deficit, Busch and the offense went the length of the field to score seven points of their own. The touchdown came as sophomore tailback Josh Johnston punched through Columbia’s defensive line for a seven-yard run. “We knew that we could pound the ball against them,” said Johnston. And they did, but not without a comedy of errors. Though Johnston scored on the drive, Busch was sacked, Cornell was called for a delay of game, and the Red even had to punt. Only through a Columbia mistake was the drive saved, as the Lions were called for roughing the kicker, and the Cornell drive was given new life. “We’ve been playing behind all year. I don’t even know what it feels like to play with a lead,” he said. Columbia didn’t allow him to find out on Saturday, either, as the 10-7 score would be the closest Cornell came all day to capturing the lead. The Lions finished out the first quarter with a second touchdown and closed the half with 43-yard field goal. Cornell responded to neither. After halftime, though, things seemed to change. Columbia and Cornell held each other scoreless for a majority of the third quarter. With 7:22 left, however, Columbia broke the deadlock by intercepting a Cornell pass. A series of rushing plays moved the Lions closer to the goal line. Within striking distance, Otis threw to Fletcher, but the pass was broken up by senior safety Neil Morrissey. Undeterred and on third down, Columbia ran the same play again, this time to completion. Cornell was right back in it with its next four plays. Johnston pushed the ball forward 12 yards, and senior receiver John Kellner scrapped his way to another four to keep the Red moving down the field. It was junior receiver Trent Carvolth, however, who hit pay dirt, catching a short slant pass which he then took 45 yards for a touchdown. “The one time we did try to pressure, they threw the quick under for Carvolth for the touchdown,” said Columbia head coach Bob Schoop. Busch recognized the blitz, citing the gaps in Columbia’s coverage for the play’s success. “That’s the way it’s supposed to work,” he said. “We’re supposed to be able take advantage when people blitz us.” After making it 27-14, Busch and Cornell did more than that. A quick defensive stop gave the Red the ball and a combination of Busch’s arm and Johnston’s legs gave Cornell its third touchdown. “We were on the two yard line and needed to get in,” said Johnston of his second touchdown. “I just drove my feet, got in.” The play kept both teams on edge. “I think the outcome was in doubt until the very end,” said Schoop. “We just couldn’t knock them out, even though we got up 27-7, and then we let them back in the game with two touchdowns.” Then, Cornell’s defense went to work. After stopping Columbia on first down, and batting a pass away for second down, the Cornell defense set itself up with a 13-yard cushion. It proved not to be enough, however, as Otis found senior Travis Chemelka for a first down. From there, Columbia marched down the field. Otis ran the ball into the endzone himself to end the drive and put the game out of reach. “I felt like, had we stopped them there, we had plenty of time left to go. I felt like we were moving the ball real well offensively,” said Pendergast. Busch agreed with his coach. “We were still in the game with five minutes left, and then they came up with a big play on third-and-long to seal the deal,” he said. “Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong this year, and that’s the bottom line.”Archived article by Matt Janiga