November 27, 2003
W. Cagers Fall to St. Francis
| November 27, 2003
Nothing seemed to go the Red’s way last night, as Cornell (0-3, 0-0 Ivy) dropped its third straight game to the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (2-1, 0-0 NEC), 86-47. The Red came out strong in the first few minutes, although by the half, St. Francis held a dominating 47-27 lead. It all went downhill from there for Cornell, as the Red struggled to take quality shots and turned over the ball 21 times on the night.
“Right around the eight minute mark it seemed like we hit a wall,” explained head coach Dayna Smith. “Offensively we took very poor shots.”
St. Francis is an extremely tough squad that is a favorite to win its division year after year. The Red Flash had several players who gave Cornell trouble all night, including junior forward Beth Swink and guard Tonjee Ward. Swink scored 13 points, all in the first half. Ward led the team with 20 points.
“We wanted to try to stop Swink and Ward,” said Smith. “We were successful at stopping their forward, but their guard hit a lot of three pointers.”
So far this season, the Red has struggled because of its schedule. The Red’s schedule is far more difficult than it was last year, especially in this early part of the season.
“We’re playing big-time teams,” said Smith. “We knew going into the season that our schedule is a lot more difficult. We’ve got to use these [games] as learning experiences.”
If the Red wants to rebound from its current losing streak, the team will have substantial work to do on both the offensive and defensive ends. On offense, junior All-Ivy point guard Karen Force will need to get hot. Force only had one point last night. Defensively, the Red been on the wrong end of the offensive rebound statistics in all three games. The team’s assist-to-turnover ratio has also been poor.
“We’re not panicking by any means,” said Smith. “It’s a long season. We do have to learn from our mistakes.”
Archived article by Michael Pandolfini
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December 1, 2003
With a little over a minute left and with the men’s hockey team clinging to a precarious 3-2 lead, a smattering of fans in the students’ section began the Lynah tradition of jiggling their keys, feeling that the game was well in hand. Unfortunately for the Lynah Faithful, the players on opposing Mercyhurst disagreed. The Lakers’ Scott Reynolds tallied the equalizer with just 5.5 seconds showing on the scoreboard, sending the game to overtime and an eventual 3-3 tie. For the second time in two weeks, Cornell (3-2-4, 3-0-1 ECAC) allowed a goal in the game’s closing minute. Last weekend against Ohio State, the Buckeyes’ Dave Steckel scored with 53 ticks remaining to give his team a 4-3 win. On Saturday, it was Reynolds who victimized the Red, banging home a rebound past Cornell freshman goaltender David McKee. “It’s tough. We’ve done that the last couple of games at home. We’ve dominated teams and end up tying or losing the game in the last minute,” freshman forward Byron Bitz said. “It’s tough on us mentally but we’ve got to bounce back and learn how to close games off.” “Our guys have got to make the plays,” Cornell head coach Mike Schafer ’86 said. “Our guys had a chance to get the puck out and we didn’t.” Just moments before Reynolds’ goal, Cornell appeared to have cleared the puck and secured the win. However, one of the linesmen called the Red for icing although the puck appeared to have deflected off a Mercyhurst stick, bringing the faceoff back into the Cornell end of the ice. “I didn’t think the puck should’ve been there in the first place. I thought it was a bad call by the linesman. The puck should’ve never been an icing call,” Schafer said. “You just can’t have that happen, especially in a non-conference game at our own rink. You can’t miss calls like that. Those calls are calls that can’t be missed. And then you turn around in overtime and they dump it in, and he waives the call off on the icing. I just don’t know where our officiating is coming from in our own league. “It’s just inexcusable for them to miss that type of call tonight,” Schafer continued. For much of the evening, Cornell dominated the action, peppering Mercyhurst’s Andy Franck with 47 shots on net. By comparison, McKee faced just 20. The Red opened the game firing, outshooting the Lakers 13-5 in the first period. Yet, it wasn’t until the second period that Cornell found the back of the net, when sophomore defenseman Jon Gleed scored his first collegiate goal to give the Red a 1-0 advantage at 1:22. On the play, Franck turned aside attempts from sophomore Matt Moulson and senior co-captain Ryan Vesce. However, the rebound trickled to the slot, where Gleed fought off a defender, wheeled, and fired the puck past Franck’s outstretched left skate. “I thought Jon Gleed played one of his best games in this uniform,” Schafer said of his defenseman, who also hit a crossbar and had several other scoring chances. “Jon’s been getting more and more confidence. The more confidence he gets, he’s just playing the game instead of thinking about it.” Mercyhurst would answer before the second intermission, however, tying the game at 1-1 with a power play goal at 17:02 of the second period. After working the puck behind the Cornell net, Adam Tackaberry fired a cross-ice pass to Rich Hansen at the left point. Hansen skated to the left faceoff dot before firing a wrister, which deflected off of T.J. Kemp and into the Cornell goal. The break between periods didn’t slow down the Lakers, however, as Mercyhurst took its first lead of the game when Peter Rynshoven scored just 1:49 into the third period. Bitz knotted the score just five minutes later, though. As it did all game long, the line of Vesce, Moulson, and Bitz cycled the puck effectively. After gaining possession of the puck along the boards, Bitz skated to just outside the crease before flipping a backhand, which eluded Franck. “I just walked out of the corner, threw a backhand, didn’t even look, and I guess it just went through his five-hole,” Bitz said. “I was pretty lucky.” The score would remain tied until sophomore forward Cam Abbott squeezed the puck between Franck’s pads to give the Red a 3-2 lead with 7:43 remaining. The goal was Abbott’s fourth of the year, and assists were awarded to seniors Greg Hornby and Ben Wallace. “I just came out looking to get it on net. The goaltender was cheating a little bit, I squeezed it between his pads, and it trickled over the line,” Abbott described of his goal. Unfortunately for Cornell, the lead wouldn’t stand, with the Red settling for a 3-3 draw. “I think we dominated the team five-on-five. I think we can play teams five-on-five against any team in the country, but we’ve got to be able to put them away,” Abbott said. The tie was the latest in a line of disappointing results for the Red at home, where it is still winless after five games. Last season, Cornell finished its home slate with a perfect 15-0-0 record. “Obviously coming into Lynah Rink, if you asked me if we’d be 0-2-3 in our own rink, I’d have thought you were crazy. At the same time, if we don’t capitalize on our scoring chances, it doesn’t matter where we’re playing, it’s going to be a long night,” Schafer said. “When you get 47 shots and you can only put three goals in, we’ve got to do one of two things. We’ve either got to really concentrate on stop giving any chances at all, or start to capitalize. I think it’s got to be a combination of both going into next weekend.” For the most part, the Red has been physically superior to any of its opponents thus far. However, mistakes at inopportune times have led to the team’s slow start. “Mental errors are costing us right now, big time,” Bitz said. “It’s really frustrating. The frustration continues to build. We’re disappointed with the fact that every mistake that seems to happen, the puck ends up in the back of our net. It’s tough to have the puck a lot, get a lot of scoring chances, and miss the net a lot and not capitalize. And then make a mistake, it’s in the back of your net,” Schafer said. “There’s no question in anybody’s mind that this hockey team is a frustrated one right now.”Archived article by Alex Ip
December 1, 2003
While most Cornell students went home to visit their families and eat turkey and mashed potatoes for Thanksgiving break, the wrestling team spent its time mashing opponents at the Mat Town Invitational at Lock Haven University. The Red won the tournament with 156 points, as the victory marked the team’s second first-place finish in as many weeks. Though the victory pleased head coach Rob Koll, it did not thrill him. “It was nice to win, but it was nothing more than we expected,” said head coach Rob Koll. “At the beginning of the year, we have certain goals and expectations, and even though we won, I thought we could have wrestled better.” Yet, four of the team’s grapplers earned first-place finishes that helped propel Cornell to the top spot on the scoreboard. Individual champions included junior Travis Lee at 133 pounds, sophomore Dustin Manotti at 149 pounds, junior Tyler Baier at 174 pounds, and senior Matt Greenberg at 197 pounds The most exciting match of the tourney was Lee’s 133-pound title bout against Penn State’s Josh Moore. Coming into the match, Lee and Moore were ranked first and second in the weight class, respectively, and the close match proved why. Both wrestlers fought fiercely for three periods, but Lee emerged victorious with an 11-9 decision to capture the championship. More importantly, the win solidified his No. 1 national ranking and helped him earn the tournament’s most outstanding wrestler award “I was very pleased with Travis’s performance,” said Koll. “Moore had pinned almost everybody he’d faced up until now, and Travis really did a nice job against him in the match.” Manotti, who entered as the tournament’s top seed after winning the Red’s Body Bar Invitational last weekend, also delivered impressive performances. He captured decisions over North Carolina’s Andrew Slack, Buffalo’s Pat Lloyd, and Rider’s Labe Black en route to his finals match. In that bout, Manotti defeated Lock Haven’s Mike Maney 6-2 to take the championship. Baier also came into Saturday’s matches favored to win his bracket. Dominating performances throughout the day validated the ranking. After earning shutout decisions over Ryan Summers of Lock Haven and Charlie Pienarr of Slippery Rock, Baier defeated Ohio’s Ed Willis, 9-4, to advance to the title match. Baier faced second-seeded, Buffalo’s Ed Pawlak, and defeated him handily by a score of 8-4. Finally, after disposing his opponents during preliminary matches, Greenberg found himself in a tough bout against Buffalo’s Kyle Cerminara for the title. Though lower scoring than his teammates’ final contests, Greenberg’s match was nonetheless a nailbiter, as Greenberg won by a slim margin, 5-4, at the end of regulation. Senior Scott Roth was the only Red wrestler to reach the finals and not pull away with a championship. The No. 2 seed in the 157-pound weight class, Roth fell to top-seeded Jake Percival of Ohio in a tight 9-8 match for the title. A pair of third-place finishes from junior Joe Mazzurco and senior Randy Stout also helped Cornell strengthen its lead during the tournament. Mazzurco entered the day seeded second in his division and earned decisions over Ohio’s Vinny DiGiovanni and Nick Rausenburger of Buffalo before falling to third-seeded Tim Foley of Virginia, 5-3. After a medical forfeit by Lock Haven’s Jason Gilligan in the consolation bracket, Mazzurco advanced to the third-place match, where he edged fourth-seeded Jeremy Reitz of Clarion, 4-3. Stout had a very successful day, going 5-1 as an unseeded wrestler in the 184 weight class. His pin at 2:42 against fourth-seeded Mike Greenberg advanced Stout to the third-place match, where UNC’s Mark Canty forfeited. “Dustin [Manotti] wrestled great, Matt Greenberg did a great job, and so did Tyler [Baier],” said Koll. “But we also had some really nice finishes by [Joe] Mazzurco, Scott Roth, and Randy Stout. I was really pleased with all of them.” In spite of the team’s overall finish and several outstanding performances, Koll knows that his men will have to improve as the season progresses in order to finish strongly at the NCAA tournament in March. “Right now, we have a couple of weight classes where I expected more, but we’ll figure things out,” he concluded. “We have some good and tough freshmen and seniors competing for spots, but whoever wins will have to not only take the place, but be outstanding. Our competition next semester is against a lot of top-10 teams, and if our guys aren’t nationally competitive, they’ll lose.” The team’s next test will come Dec. 29-30, when the Red travels to the Midlands Invitational hosted by Northwestern in Evanston, Ill.Archived article by Everett Hullverson