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
Imagine this situation: it’s two o’clock on a Friday afternoon and your starving parents just arrived in Ithaca. The dining hall is closed and you don’t feel like venturing to the Commons or Triphammer. Then you think of Collegetown, land of Hong Kong Chinese, Peace Restaurant, Sinbad’s – but where can you get a meal with table service in the middle of the afternoon? Rulloff’s Rulloff’s is a Collegetown staple – the atmosphere is classic with its heavy cathedral doors, dark green interior, vintage lamps and downstairs area. Named after famed murderer Edward Rulloff, this restaurant and bar has been open since 1977. The menu features American classics such as buffalo wings, burgers, deli sandwiches, salads, brie with fruit, nightly seafood specials, a full Mexican menu and a pasta special. On Sundays, Rulloff’s features a full brunch menu with creative omelets, breakfast sandwiches and sweet potato fries. My favorite menu item at Rulloff’s is definitely their cheddar-covered home fries: the potatoes were fried to perfection, crispy yet not greasy and the cheese was smothered on top. My only complaint: there could have been a bit more flavor to the cheese, either by adding chives or sharp cheddar. I would definitely not recommend ordering any of Rulloff’s dip specials: they tend to be covered in a quarter inch of grease, particularly the spinach and artichoke. Also, beware of soup specials, as they can be inconsistent. I once ordered a pumpkin soup that tasted like a mixture of canned pumpkin with mashed potato. But the other week, I tried a delightful cream of tomato soup flavored with crunchy onions and chunks of tomato. The bottom line: be wary and stick to Rulloff’s staple menu items. This place is a much better quality bar than restaurant. The Nines Down the street from Rulloff’s, the Nines also offers sandwiches, appetizers and salads. However, the Nines is famous for its enormously thick deep dish pizzas. One deep dish is enough to feed a hungry family of four or five; slices are cut into roughly six-inch squares and average at least an inch thick. The dough is chewy, the sauce is sweet and the cheese is stringy. I can’t count the number of times I have been to the Nines, and I have never ordered anything beyond the pizza. The Nines also offers an interesting atmosphere. It seems as if there is always live music and orders come down from the kitchen via a dumb waiter. I’ve never had a poor pizza experience at the Nines, but for those of you who are devoted to New York style, beware: this is Chicago-style deep dish, not thin crispy hand-tossed. The only slight quibble I have with the Nines is that table service can be incredibly slow. It is not unusual to wait an hour to receive your order and your drink could sit empty for about that long as well. Bottom line: Good pizza, crummy service. Aladdin’s Aladdin’s on Dryden provides a third option for mid-afternoon restaurant goers. The menu is Mediterranean, but pasta options abound as well. Appetizers at Aladdin’s are a special treat: the veggie and hummus platter is a healthy alternative for those of you who haven’t seen a piece of broccoli in weeks, and the tabbouleh is perfectly seasoned. The chili is also a fabulous winter dish: try it piled high with cheddar. I frequently eat my favorite appetizer, the fruit and nut salad, as a main course. My first bite of this salad was honestly one of the most amazing moments of my life: the sweet honey mixed with the cool, refreshing yogurt and the ripe cantaloupes and strawberries, all contrastingly topped with crunchy walnuts made me realize that sin doesn’t necessarily equate to chocolate. Of course, main courses at Aladdin’s are also good quality: the moussaka has a pleasantly creamy texture with background flavors of cinnamon, and the pasta dishes are characterized by interesting shapes and an array of fresh sauces. I would personally stay away from the falafel, as it can be dense and greasy; Sinbad’s falafel is far superior. Bonuses at Aladdin’s include prompt table service, plenty of seating and one of the three best dessert cases in Collegetown (the other two belong to Collegetown Bagels and Cafe Pacific). Bottom line: At Cornell, there might be a lack of transportation, a lack of nice weather and a lack of time for sleep, but there is never a lack of food. While most cities hold strict lunch and dinner hours, one can find table service all the time at Cornell, even at two o’clock in the afternoon. Archived article by Anna FishmanSun Staff Writer
October 12, 2005
From the start of his tenure, making Schoellkopf Field a dangerous destination for visiting teams has been an integral part of head coach Jim Knowles’ ’87 agenda for guiding Cornell into the upper echelon of Ivy League football. On Saturday, Knowles and the Red (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) gave notice that no opponent – even the defending Ivy League champion – is invincible against the home team with a 27-13 victory over No. 20 Harvard (2-2, 1-1 Ivy) at Schoellkopf Field. The victory marks the first time that the Red has earned a win from a ranked opponent since joining Division I-AA in 1982, and also the first time this year’s senior class has beaten the Crimson. “I don’t like to think that Harvard’s coming back down the pack,” Rex said. “I like to look at it as Cornell’s back, we can play against anybody.” Cornell forced the Crimson into five turnovers and limited Harvard’s primary offensive weapon, All-American running back Clifton Dawson, to 39 yards on 24 carries. Senior safety Joel Sussman had a game-high 18 tackles, including two for a loss, while junior defensive lineman Ryan Kiscadden added 10 tackles and senior safety Kevin Rex contributed nine tackles and one interception to lead the defensive effort. Harvard’s defense was not as effective, as the Red rushed for 148 yards and gained another 106 through the air. Senior quarterback Ryan Kuhn had 47 yards and one touchdown on the ground, and completed 9-of-19 passes, including one for another touchdown. Senior wide receiver Brian Romney caught five passes for 76 yards, including a 21-yard touchdown reception, while sophomore tailback Luke Siwula rushed for 86 yards and a touchdown. Cornell received key contributions from many sources including senior cornerback Jason Cloyd, who notched three tackles, one interception, and one fumble in his return to the starting lineup. Special teams also stepped up for the Red, as sophomore Michael Bolling averaged 40.7 yards on six punts, including a career-best 53-yarder, and senior A.J. Weitsman was perfect on the day with two field goals. The Red showed no early jitters about taking on Harvard. After Dawson fumbled the ball on the Crimson’s first play, quarterback Liam O’Hagan recovered it – only to turn it over two plays later, when his pass was intercepted by Rex and returned to the Harvard 21-yard line. The Red offense took the field, and Kuhn found Romney, who ran into the end zone on his first snap of the game. “[The first few minutes] just gets everybody on one page, everybody believing. I turned around and we didn’t have many fans in the stands, but it felt like that place was packed because people were jumping up and down,” Rex said. “To start a game like that, we just took the wind out of their sails early.” Cornell made sure that Harvard did not regain its composure, forcing a turnover or a punt on the Crimson’s first 13 possessions and holding them scoreless until the fourth quarter. The Red held Harvard to four plays or less on 10 of these possessions and limited the Crimson to eight yards or less on 10 possessions. “The last five and half quarters we’ve played are among the worst we’ve played in an incredibly long time. We certainly know that if there’s one thing that’s contributed to it, it’s turnovers, but it’s not the only thing,” said Harvard head coach Tim Murphy. “They out-played us, they out-physicalled us, and that’s really a disappointment to me, because we pride ourselves so much on being a tough, physical, aggressive team.” One of those punts, coming at the end of Harvard’s first possession in the second quarter, set up Cornell’s second scoring drive. Kuhn and Siwula went to work on the Harvard defense, rushing for 23 and 52 yards, respectively, as the Red marched down the field for its second touchdown – a career-high, 28-yard rush up the middle by Siwula, as Cornell went ahead, 14-0. On the following kickoff return, junior wide receiver Patrick Blakemore forced Harvard’s Steve Williams to fumble the ball, which was recovered by freshman defensive back Tim Bax at the Harvard 23-yard line. Four plays later, Weitsman scored on a 38-yard field goal attempt, pushing the Red’s lead to 17 at halftime. The teams battled through a scoreless third quarter that featured seven punts and one Cornell turnover. However, late in the period, Cloyd forced a Harvard fumble on another punt return which was recovered by junior defensive end Matt Darby. The ensuing Cornell possession carried into the fourth quarter, and ended with Weitsman’s second field goal of the afternoon – this one, a 21-yard effort. After a Cornell personal foul and a 15-yard penalty was called on a punt return, Harvard set up on the Red’s 48-yard line. Over the next 12 plays, O’Hagan rushed for 26 yards on three carries and Dawson rushed for 22 yards on seven carries – capped off with a touchdown run from one yard out with 8:35 remaining in the game, making the score 20-7. Junior wide receiver Anthony Jackson responded with a 29-yard punt return, positioning the Red for its final scoring drive of the game. Kuhn took control on this possession, making a third-and-five, 31-yard pass to Romney and then faking a hand-off and making a six-yard run into the end zone. “[Kuhn] seemed very efficient, and he made the big play, the big pass when we needed it to spark us when the running game was struggling,” Knowles said. Harvard refused to give up, however, battling the Red down the field and converting on two third downs and one fourth down over 48 yards before O’Hagan ran four yards into the end zone with less than a minute left in the game. Cornell answered with a final big play of its own, as Kiscadden blocked Matt Schindel’s extra point attempt to hold Harvard to 13 points on the day. “We played start to finish one of the best games I’ve ever been around, and you could tell from the start with special teams,” Knowles said. “This week was play more from our heart, less from our brain, and that’s what we talked about with the team.” Archived article by Olivia Dwyer Sun Assistant Sports Editor