By ELANI COHEN
The men’s and women’s polo teams were victorious in matches against regional rival, the University of Connecticut, this past weekend at home. While the women’s team edged out the Huskies with a final score of 17-13, the men won with a bit more of an advantage with 29-12. The University of Connecticut is one of the Red’s toughest rivals in the region and the victory pushed Cornell to No.1 in their region with victories at home and away.
The women’s team entered the match coming off a win against University of Massachusetts. Juniors Anna Winslow and Elena Wicker, along with sophomore Emma Eldredge, started for the Red. The match began in the Red’s favor with an early three-point advantage in the first chukker. As the match went on, the Huskies fought back but couldn’t diminish the Red’s lead. The first chukker ended with Cornell leading the Huskies, 4-2.
During the second chukker, the Red scored a quick four goals. The Huskies responded with three goals of their own. However, before the half was over, the Red was able to increase its lead to 10-6. As the second half began, Cornell scored four goals within the first few minutes, which the Huskies would never get back. The match ended with a final score of 17-13 in Cornell’s favor. This was a high scoring game for the Red: Winslow tallied 11 goals followed by Wicker and Eldredge, who each scored two. There was two pony goals by the Red as well.
Eldredge said that the Red is proud of its performance against the Huskies and believes the squad has been steadily improving this season.
“UConn is always a very physical team but we came out strong and pulled off some incredible team work,” she said. “We came away with a 17 to 13 win, which is great against such a strong team. We are all proud of our playing and how we are progressing this year. Each game we feel more confident and more driven to do well.”
Senior Alex Langlois had a strong showing in the matchup against the Huskies, posting four goals for the Red. (Courtesy of Alex Langlois).