Having secured two Ivy League wins for the first time in head coach Julee Devoy’s tenure, the women’s squash team heads to Cambridge, Mass., this weekend hoping to make some noise at the CSA National Championships. The team’s initial seeding at the tournament was based on its record during the regular season. Thus, the Red’s 9-4 overall record has secured it a No. 6 seeding –– placing the team in the same draw as Princeton, Trinity, Penn, Harvard, Yale, Stanford and Williams. Cornell’s inclusion within the top-8 means that it will be competing in the Howe Cup A division for the first time under Devoy.
Junior guard Jeremy Lin’s free throw with no time left on the clock sealed Harvard’s come-from-behind, 64-63, victory against Brown at home on Saturday night. With no choice but to look for a jumper, Lin faked to get two Brown defenders off the floor and earned a foul call –– setting the stage for his 27th point of the game and 22nd of the second half. Senior forward Evan Harris made his first start of the season after having midseason knee surgery only a few weeks ago. He finished with 12 points, 11 rebounds and four blocks –– two of which came in the final minute against Brown junior forward Matt Mullery.
History was not to be made this past weekend, as the men’s squash team fell to No. 1-ranked Trinity, 0-9, on Saturday afternoon at the Belkin International Squash Courts. The Bantams extended their win streak to 198 consecutive matches –– the nation’s longest active winning streak in any intercollegiate varsity sport. The Red was, however, able to close out its regular season on a high note, shutting out both Brown and Hobart, 9-0. Cornell stands at 12-3 on the season, with a 4-2 record in the Ivy League.
The men’s tennis team will be back in action for the first time since November when it takes on Penn State to open its dual season this Sunday morning in University Park, Pa. The Nittany Lions are coming off back-to-back losses to Oklahoma State and Duke this past weekend, and will matchup against Virginia Tech on Saturday before hosting Cornell. The Red has been solid thus far this season, with freshman Evan Bernstein notching singles wins, and sophomores Jeremy Feldman and Andy Gauthier proving an effective doubles combination. On the women’s side, the Red will host Siena College on Saturday at 11 a.m., and then return to the courts four hours later to take on Fairleigh Dickinson University at the Reis Tennis Center.
This weekend, the men’s and women’s squash teams will aim to duplicate the dominant showing they had at the Cornell Invitational two weeks ago. The men (10-2, 3-2 Ivy) kick things off at 3 p.m. on Saturday against No. 1 ranked Trinity, which is looking to preserve its 194-match win streak –– the nation’s longest active winning streak in any intercollegiate varsity sport.
Saturday marked the fourth annual 21 Dinner, an event intended to honor fallen Cornell men’s lacrosse player George Boiardi ’04. Boiardi, who died in an accident on the lacrosse field in March 2004, wore jersey No. 21 –– a distinction that serves as the namesake for the fundraiser.
The dinner, once again hosted at Bridgewaters in New York City, was established by Jesse Rothstein ’03 as a means of paying tribute to his good friend and lacrosse teammate.
“It was a fantastic event; we had over 300 attendees, and we just had an unbelievable time remembering the life and legacy of George Boiardi,” said Rothstein.
The men’s and women’s squash teams enjoyed an incredibly successful weekend, winning a combined five matches to sweep the Cornell Invitational. The three-day competition featured nail-biters, upsets and blowouts, starting with the men’s 9-0 drubbing of Amherst on Friday afternoon at the Belkin International Squash Courts. Eight Cornell players shutout their opponents, 3-0. Sophomore Will Hartigan, who moved up to play in the No. 1 position, allowed just one point in the third game. In addition, sophomore Pat Brady and junior Chris Vernick, who played at the No. 7 and No. 8 positions, respectively, did not surrender a single point to their competitors through three games. [img_assist|nid=34437|title=Backhanded compliment|desc=Junior Steven Peever competes against Dartmouth on Jan.
Raheem Morris, a former Cornell defensive backs coach and special teams assistant, was named head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past Saturday. Morris, who spent the past two seasons as the Bucs’ defensive backs coach, has been with the team a total of six seasons in two stints. Under Morris, Buccaneer defenders have been named to the Pro Bowl 16 times and the defense has finished in the top-5 in the NFL in five of his six seasons.
Although the equestrian team saw limited action over the winter break, select members did travel to Painesville, Ohio in early December to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Lake Erie College. The Red scored 13 points, placing it 10th out of 26 teams –– just shy of the ribbons. Representing Cornell were seniors Dana Kendrick and Caroline Shulman, junior Brooke Cagwin and sophomores Georgina Melbye, Lauren Lavo, Rachel Klion, Kelsey Craig and Scotty Weber.
The Red started off the day with tri-captain Kendrick riding to a first-place finish in the Open Flat class. She was joined by fellow captain Shulman in sixth.
This weekend the equestrian team will travel to Painesville, Ohio, to compete in the Tournament of Champions at Lake Erie College. The show will feature 22 schools from the east coast and beyond, many of which have ridden at Nationals in past seasons, or are expected to this year. What differentiates this tournament from typical collegiate horse shows, besides the sheer volume of teams competing, is the fact that every school can only bring eight riders, as opposed to the usual 16 or 20 who comprise a team at most regular season shows. For that reason, the Red will be relying on a relatively small amount of riders to keep up the team.