March 1, 2009

Sports Update 2-28-09: M. Basketball Fails to Secure Ivy Championship

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Men’s Lacrosse: Cornell 9, Army 8

The men’s lacrosse team walked away from its second game of the season with a tight win against Army. The game winner was a cooperative effort between All-Americans Michael Seibold and John Glynn who combined for the goal that put No. 4/6 Cornell over the top. Siebold scored on a low, hard shot on the army goal from 15 yards out, from an assist by Glynn. The team is now 2-0, continuing its step towards the top.
Army (1-2) was held up by the work of their star goalie, sophomore Thomas Palesky. Palesky made 22 saves in two periods to save the Black Knights from the Red onslaught. The multitude of lead changes created one of the most exciting games of this young lacrosse season. The Red stand victorious and look on to their next match at UVa on March 8.

Men’s Hockey: Cornell 3, Brown 2

The men’s hockey team snuck into the second seeding of the ECAC Hockey tournament with a win against Brown, 3-2. The simultaneous loss of Princeton at Harvard allowed the team to sneak in to the second seeding.
Blake Galagher’s last minute goal took the Red into overtime where it was able to save the game from the brink of a loss. Ben Scrivens put on a show, making a multitude of saves to keep the Red’s victory hopes alive.
The team will host its ECAC Hockey quarterfinal series March 13-15. The series is best 2-out-of-3.

Women’s Basketball: Harvard 63, Cornell 56

The women’s basketball team faced a tough bout with Harvard on senior night and eventually felt to the Crimson in a heartbreaking 63-56 loss. Allie Fedorowicz lead all scorers with 25 points, but it was not enough to put the Red over Ancient Eight rival Crimson. The team now drops to an even 6-6 Ivy record, while Harvard moves up to 9-2 in the League.
The Red lead by up to nine during the second half, but could not hold onto the lead as the Crimson battled back into the late minutes of the final period. The Crimson would go on a 14-2 scoring streak late into the second to secure victory.
The game against Harvard was the last home game for the Red which now heads to Princeton and Penn for its final weekend of the season.

Men’s Basketball: Harvard 71, Cornell 70

The men’s basketball team lost in a nailbiter, 71-70 in Cambridge today. The loss prevents Cornell from claiming at least a piece of the Ivy League title, and forces the need for a win next weekend in order to solidify its spot. The Ivy League title also provides an automatic slot in the NCAA tournament bracket.
Harvard was 52 percent from the floor, helping pad their lead throughout the game. Senior Jeremy Lin showed his backcourt prowess, holding the Red down throughout the game. Lin also tacked on 20 points and four assists. The only Cornellian to reach double digits was senior Jeff Foote.
The Red had a chance to even the score late in the fourth quarter with multiple free throw attempts, but all were missed. The team now faces Princeton and Penn at home in a close battle for the Ivy League title.

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