October 1, 2012

FIELD HOCKEY | Field Hockey Finishes Weekend With Two Nailbiter Victories

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The Cornell Field Hockey team won both of its contests this weekend, notching an overtime victory against Ivy League foe Yale and then shutting out Siena the next day to pick up its second win in two days. The Red (3-6, 2-1 Ivy League) defeated the Bulldogs (3-6,1-2), 1-0, and then took down the Saints (0-7) by the same score.

In the contest against Yale, the scoreless regulation resulted in an overtime in which the Red struck quickly. Senior forward Kat DiPastina was able to pick up the only goal of the game by taking the ball all the way up the field and scoring a scorching strike into the back of the net. The Red was also bolstered by the performance of goalie Carolyn Horner, who managed to save 3 penalty corners and finished the game with 8 total saves. Horner has been a strong presence in goal for the Red all season as a national leader in saves per game. After this weekend she has a total of 3 shutouts in 9 games.

The next day, the Red took to Dodson field against Siena and the first 41 minutes were again scoreless as the Red dominated play but couldn’t find a go-ahead goal. In the 42nd minute, junior forward Britney Thompson drew first blood by scoring off a pass by senior forward Kat DiPastina. Cornell dominated the rest of the game, dictating tempo and outshooting Siena 22-4. Both shutouts over the weekend have created some serious momentum going forward into the second half of the season.

While it got off to a slow start this season, the Red has proven itself as a force to be reckoned with in the Ivy League with a record of 2-1. Cornell will play its next game on the road against Colgate this Wednesday, before traveling to DC for a friends and family dinner and a game against Georgetown.

Original Author: Shayan Salam