October 7, 2005
M. Lax Plays Tourney
| October 7, 2005
While the Red will not officially start its season until next spring, the men’s lacrosse team will have a taste of top-level competition when it competes in the Algonquin Cup on Sunday.
The tournament, hosted by Hofstra, has a number of college lacrosse powerhouses participating including national runner-up Duke, Hobart, Stony Brook and St. John’s. The Red will face the hosts in its first game and would take on St. John’s if it wins.
“This is taking the first big step in getting our guys’ feet wet for those who haven’t played for Cornell before, both freshman and other guys who haven’t played so much college lacrosse,” said Cornell head coach Jeff Tambroni.
Tambroni is especially looking forward to see how his relatively younger and inexperienced squad will fare in its first live action. Coming off a 2005 season in which the sole Ivy League champions lost to the Blue Devils in the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, there are several question marks on the team due to the departures of graduates such as attacking duo Sean Greenhalgh ’05 and Kevin Nee ’05, midfielder Justin Redd ’05 and defensemen Kyle Georgalas ’05 and Casey Stevenson ’05.
“[The tournament] gives us an opportunity for us to find out what we’re all about,” Tambroni said. “This year more than ever, we’re excited to find out who we are and where we are with this young group of freshmen and transfers that we have on the team.”
Tambroni, who indicated that under NCAA rules that the team can only participate in one fall tournament each year, also said that the competition will help his coaching staff plan for the spring and give his guys the opportunity to show what they can do.
“This will be a wonderful format for us to play some of college lacrosse’s best teams and you have to find out where you are and how much work you need to put in the offseason,” Tambroni said. “To come up with a lineup in the springtime which is going to be successful, then you might as well play against the teams you want to measure yourself up against.” This is the third-ever Algonquin Cup, with Army winning last year and Notre Dame taking the title in the competition’s first season of existence.
Archived article by Brian Tsao Sun Assistant Sports Editor
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October 12, 2005
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Every cloud has a silver lining, and this was true for the volleyball team last night. Although the Red came away with a 3-2 loss to Syracuse (15-7, 4-2 Big East), head coach Deitre Collins felt that the team demonstrated the potential to take its game to the next level. The match, however, did end a nine-game winning streak for Cornell (10-3, 3-0 Ivy), which included wins over league opponents Brown (4-10, 1-2 Ivy) and Yale (11-2, 2-1 Ivy) earlier this weekend. “Syracuse is the level we want to be at,” Collins said. “So knowing that we went five [games], and that the match could have gone either way, lets us know that we’re at a higher level than we have been in the past and that’s the direction we want to continue to work in.” The Red got off to a slow start, dropping the first game, 30-24. Cornell had a slight advantage in the second game, taking an early 3-0 lead, but the Orange quickly made up the difference. The two teams battled back and forth to the end – the scored was tied 11 times over the course of the game – before junior outside hitter Thais Mirela hit one of her 17 kills to give the Red a 33-31 victory. The teams proved to be equally matched, with the Orange taking game three, 30-24, and the Red rallying to force a tiebreaker with a 30-26 win in game four. The opponents traded points in the fifth game before Syracuse reeled off four straight points to finish with a 15-11 victory. Although the Red hurt itself in the end, giving up the final game point on an attack error, the team displayed a balanced attack. Offensive standout, junior Elizabeth Bishop, sat out the match, but Collins did not see this setback as a negative, but rather as an opportunity for others to step up and prove themselves. They did just that, as junior outside hitter Joanna Weiss had a match-high 19 kills on .484 hitting, while senior blocker Heather Young and senior outside hitter Rachel Adomat added 15 and 17 kills, respectively. Senior libero Kelly Kramer led the defense with 30 digs, while Mirela and senior setter Whitney Fair added 15 and 13, respectively. Fair also had 32 assists, while sophomore setter Amy Gordon contributed 31. Syracuse had five players in double-digits for kills, with Kelly Duan registering a team-high 16. Aila Dommestrup was a dominant force for the Orange, handing out 62 assists. Three players had more than 10 digs, with Joscie Kaup notching 28. Red Sweeps Ivy Foes at Home This tightly contested match followed another emotional match on Saturday, a 4-1 victory over Yale. This was the first rematch between the Elis and the Red since Yale eliminated Cornell in a playoff for the conference’s solo bid to the NCAA tournament. “It just feels great because we’ve been waiting for this day since last November,” Kramer said. “We’ve come a long way – we want to dominate this year and I think we showed we have the potential to do that.” In front of large crowd – on hand to help the Red commemorate Banner Weekend and previous championship teams – Cornell took the first game, 30-28. It looked as if the teams were just as evenly matched as last year, however, when Yale rode a 17-11 advantage midway through the game to a 30-27 win. But with memories of last year lingering, the Red came back from a brief intermission and polished off the Elis with 30-28 and 30-23 victories in games three and four, respectively. The team felt that the difference from a year ago was an ability to stay focused and alert down to the last play. “I think that’s something that really comes from practice lately,” Kramer said. “We have such tough competition at practice now that either side is constantly fighting.” Weiss, who was named this week’s Ivy League Player of the Week for her efforts over the weekend, scored the game points in the final two contests. She and Mirela both registered impressive efforts for the Red, with 14 kills each. Bishop had a team-best 21 kills over the match, while Fair added 60 assists. Kramer and senior Kristen Hughes anchored the defense with 18 digs each, while Bishop added 12. Yale had a balanced attack, with four players contributing more than 10 kills. Shannon Farrell had 12 digs, and Jacqueline Becker had 63 assists to pace the Elis. The first match of the weekend proved to be the smoothest for the Red, as it shook off a rough start to beat Brown, 3-0. The Red found its composure and reeled off 30-25, 30-25, and 30-21 victories against the Bears. Adomat and Bishop were the constant force at the net for the Red, registering 15 and 13 kills, respectively. Weiss was an additional power against the Bears, chipping in with 10 kills. Fair led Cornell in digs and assists, with 10 and 32, respectively. Archived article by Olivia Dwyer Sun Assistant Sports Editor
October 12, 2005
Ballgame over. ALDS over. Angels win. The-eh-eh-eh-eh Angels win. Oh, John Sterling. You are an idiot. The Angels Game 5 triumph over the Evil Empire on Monday night means that I, and all other righteous individuals (Yankee haters), can now rest easy for the next six months. For the first time in a while, loathing the Yankees is actually becoming a rewarding activity. Instead of being miserable every season, I am starting to get used to marking my calendar for that extra special holiday that comes around once a year sometime in October: Yankee Elimination Day. I mean, no offense to Thanksgiving, but this is my idea of a celebration. If we had classes yesterday, I have no doubt that the Cornell administration would have given everyone the day off to rejoice. The best part about the whole day is that Yankee fans do not know how to respond to losing. It is amazing the excuses that come out of these peoples’ mouths – the umpires blew the game, A-Rod isn’t a real Yankee, Cashman should have kept Contreras, etc. Bottom line – the Yankees choked. There is absolutely no excuse for losing to a vastly inferior Angels club after being ahead one game to none and taking an early 2-0 lead in Game 2. They had the Angels on the ropes – they just could not put them away. The Yanks should have won this series in four games. But, despite playing like dogs, they were given yet another golden opportunity on Monday night to finish Anaheim off. Instead of going up against Cy Young favorite Bartolo Colon- who other than one bad inning, shut down New York in Game 1 – the Yankees got to face 22-year old Ervin Santana. Don’t get me wrong – I think Santana is a good, young pitcher. But in the playoffs, the Yankees eat inexperienced guys like him for lunch. And it looked as if New York was going to do just that, after the first four batters Santana faced reached base in the second inning. The guy was obviously feeling the postseason pressure – and nobody was warming up in the Angels’ bullpen. I thought the game was over. It was not as if he was getting rocked – he just wasn’t throwing strikes. He walked the first three hitters, followed by a run-scoring single by Bubba Crosby of all people. However, the Yankees only came away with two runs because Cano was caught stealing in between the first two free passes – essentially running the Yanks out of a big inning. Given Santana’s propensity for wildness, I cannot understand Torre’s reasoning for sending Cano in that situation. Williams was at the plate with a 3-1 count, and Santana could not find the strike zone. The Yankees should have let the rookie beat himself – but instead, gave him a way out of the jam. Santana went on to pitch 5 1/3 innings of three-run ball for the Angels on Monday night. But, he should not have even gotten out of the second inning. If Game 5 was played at Yankee Stadium, he most definitely wouldn’t have. But, because of the Yankees’ loss at Fenway on the last day of the season, New York had to battle the Angels in Anaheim – which likely was the difference in the series. However, even after Cano was thrown out, the Yankees had first and third with only one out and the top of the order coming up. However, Jeter flied to right and A-Rod, as usual, struck out. Most of the talk yesterday revolved around how A-Rod choked on the big stage once again. Rodriguez was awful. He finished the series with a .133 batting average, zero RBI, and went 0-for-7 with men on base – this all coming from a guy, who led the team in all three Triple Crown categories during the regular season. The biggest out Rodriguez recorded was the double play ball in the ninth inning on Monday that all but squashed a Yankees comeback effort. However, while a lot of the blame has to fall on the 252 million dollar man, many of the Yankees hitters had a terrible series. Given the state of the Yankees pitching staff, the offense needed to overpower the Angels – however, the combination of Rodriguez, Sheffield, and Matsui went 12-for-56 in the series, with only 3 RBIs and zero homeruns. The Angels – who only had one player hit over 18 dingers in the regular season – out-homered the Yankees in the ALDS, 4-2. Steinbrenner has to be absolutely furious with his team’s failure for the fifth straight year in a row. What the Yankees need to do is rebuild their farm system under the direction of Gene Michael. However, the angrier the Boss gets, the more impatient he gets – as his input with the team is running it into the ground. The club he wants to assemble has the ability to sell four million tickets, but it does not have the necessary pieces to win a World Series.Bryan Pepper is a Sun Assistant Sports Editor. Raising the Apple will appear every other Wednesday this semester.Archived article by Bryan Pepper