After a New England road trip that yielded mixed results for the softball team, the Red (27-7, 6-2 Ivy) travels to Olean, N.Y., this afternoon to take on St. Bonaventure University (4-18) in non-conference play. That is, they would have, had Mother Nature not had other plans.
“I spoke with the head coach of St. Bonaventure, and they’re anticipating 4-8 inches of snow, so my first concern is whether or not we can get the game in,” said head coach Dick Blood.[img_assist|nid=36630|title=Incoming|desc=Senior Jessy Berkey slides to safety. Berkey warned that the Red should not underestimate St. Bonaventure.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The softball team took over sole possession of first place in the Ivy League with its doubleheader sweep of Yale yesterday afternoon in Sunday’s rescheduled matchup. The Red followed a 4-2 win in Game 1 with a 12-3 runaway five-inning victory in the second part of the twinbill. Cornell improves to 4-0 in Ancient Eight play and 23-5 overall. The team lit up Niemand-Robison Field with a home run display, as juniors Elise Menaker and Ashley Garvey and seniors Jessy Berkey and Meg Risica each went deep. Menaker went 3-for-5 on the day with five RBIs, and contributed a double in addition to her two homers. Garvey batted .500 and drove in four runs, while Berkey collected three hits in five at-bats –– good for two RBIs.
Less than 24 hours after concluding a rescheduled doubleheader against Yale, the softball team will return to the field today at 3 p.m. to take on Siena College in a non-conference two-game series. Cornell (23-5, 4-0 Ivy) is riding a 12-game winning streak after a commanding sweep of the Bulldogs yesterday afternoon, and will look to keep up the momentum against the visiting Saints. Siena currently stands at 4-11, and is coming off a twinbill sweep of Binghamton at home –– its longest win streak of the season. The Saints have yet to secure a victory on an opponent’s turf this year, and the Red will be looking to continue that trend.
Although the crushing defeats by the men’s basketball and hockey teams did not leave Cornell sports fans with much reason to celebrate last weekend, the softball team enjoyed a successful week in Florida, albeit not of the Spring Break variety. Playing 17 games in eight days as part of the Stetson Invitational and Rebel Spring Games (with a Monday afternoon doubleheader thrown in), the Red improved to 19-5 on the season and has now won its last eight contests.[img_assist|nid=36178|title=Swing away|desc=Junior Elise Menaker went 3-for-3 in the Red’s 10-1 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. The game was the last in a series of 17 that spanned all of Spring Break.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The men’s and women’s squash teams concluded their season this past weekend at the CSA Individual Championships, hosted by Williams College in Williamstown, Mass. Cornell had a total of eleven representatives — the most qualifying players the Red has had in recent history — comprising of six men and five women. The men’s team enjoyed moderate success, with four players picking up wins against some of the top squash competitors in the country. On the women’s side, senior co-captain Alex Cornett capped off her collegiate squash career with an impressive victory in the Holleran Cup’s second consolation round finals.
The softball team will kick off its season this weekend at the George Mason Invitational in Fairfax, Va. First up for the Red is a matchup with the host team tomorrow at 11:45 a.m., followed by an afternoon contest against Akron. George Mason is coming off of a four-game sweep to open its new home ballpark, whereas Akron carries a 4-5 record coming into this weekend’s invitational. The Red returns to the field on Sunday at 11:15 a.m. to take on Ivy League rival Penn, also opening its season in Va., and concludes the weekend with a 1:30 game vs. Saint Josephs (2-2). Cornell finished the 2008 season with a 40-10 overall record, and ranked second in the Ivy League at 16-4. The Red was also No. 1 nationally in team batting average (.351).
This weekend, select members of the men’s and women’s squash teams will travel to Williamstown, Mass., to compete in the CSA Individual Championships at Williams College. Representing Cornell from the men’s team will be junior co-captain Chris Sachvie, sophomores Will Hartigan and McKay Claghorn, and freshmen Alex Domenick, Dave Hilton and Thomas Spettigue. On the women’s side, the Red will rely on freshman Shivangi Paranjpe, sophomore Jennifer Gemmell, juniors Rebecca Hazell and Liza Stokes and senior Alex Cornett, who will be competing in her last collegiate match. [img_assist|nid=35582|title=Overhand it|desc=Sophomore Will Hartigan will compete this weekend.|link=node|align=right|width=|height=0]
The CSA National Championships this weekend didn’t play out exactly as the men’s squash team had anticipated, but the Red nonetheless produced a solid showing in Princeton, N.J. Cornell (13-5, 4-2 Ivy) went into Nationals ranked fourth in the country, but a narrow loss to Harvard set the stage for the team finishing sixth following Sunday’s play. There was a silver lining, however, as the Red was deemed the Collegiate Squash Association’s most improved team after its jump in the standings from No. 11 at the beginning of the season, to its current No. 6 position.
The men’s squash team heads to Princeton, N.J. this weekend hoping to improve on, or at least preserve, its No. 4 ranking at the CSA National Championships. Of the 64 teams that will be in attendance, Cornell’s inclusion within the top eight means that it will be competing in the Potter Cup “A” division against the likes of Trinity, Princeton, Yale, Harvard, Rochester, Penn and Dartmouth. The Red will kick things off at noon today, against Harvard, which, according to head coach Mark Devoy, poses the biggest threat if Cornell aims to maintain its seeding or improve on it.
This weekend women’s squash emerged from the CSA National Championships having protected its No. 6 national ranking. While Princeton bested the host [img_assist|nid=35185|title=Off the wall|desc=Junior co-captain Liza Stokes competes in a match against St. Lawrence on Feb. 2. Stokes blanked her Stanford opponent, 3-0, on Saturday.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]team, Harvard, 5-4, to clinch the Howe Cup division title, the Red also had a solid showing in Cambridge, going 1-2 against three of the top eight teams in the nation.
“It was an outstanding team effort of many close, hard-fought individual matches, with all players giving 110 percent … our best performance yet,” said head coach Julee Devoy.