Despite a competitive opening to the game, the women’s basketball team lost its season opener and got the year off to a rough start, falling 93-49 against Duquesne in Pittsburgh.
Although the final score might not suggest it, the game began with a fiercely contested back-and-forth battle between the two teams, as Cornell (0-1) showed energy and athleticism on the Dukes’ home court. After opening the first half with a 4-0 lead, Duquesne (2-0) saw it slip away as junior Virginia McMunigal hit a 3-pointer and junior Lauren Benson took a steal the length of the court to put the Red up, 5-4.
In the last game of the season, the Red sprint football team won a surprisingly competitive and hard-fought game Friday against Mansfield University, but was unable to bring home a CSFL championship due to Navy’s win against Army in Annapolis.
In the last game of their careers, quarterback Zak Dentes, receiver Mike Brennan and the rest of the senior class led Cornell (5-2, 3-1 CSFL) to a 38-28 victory at home. Meanwhile, the Midshipmen (7-0, 4-0 CSFL) finished off a perfect season with a 24-0 shutout against their longtime rival and claimed their 26th CSFL title.
On Sept. 27, the Red dominated Mansfield offensively and defensively, crushing the sprint football newcomer, 35-0. On Friday however, a much improved and competitive team arrived in Schoellkopf Field.
On Friday, the sprint football team pulled-off a come-from-behind win against Army and kept its hope of a CSFL title alive, despite an unfortunate turn of events more than 250 miles away.
With only 39 seconds left, senior quarterback Zak Dentes found junior wideout Upal Sarker on a 10-yard pass for the go-ahead score, and put the Red (4-2, 3-1 CSFL) possibly in a position to capture a share of the National title, depending upon the outcomes of games around the league next week.
Navy’s (5-0, 3-0 CSFL) victory over Penn in Annapolis this weekend puts the Midshipmen in the driver’s seat to win the CSFL championship if they can defeat Army this Friday.
This morning, the sprint football team took off for West Point, N.Y., to face CSFL rival Army, with a title-shot and a prominent team record both on the line.
Cornell (3-2, 2-1 CSFL) is coming off a big win against formerly undefeated Penn. Senior quarterback Zak Dentes threw for a season-best 286 yards and sophomore linebacker Clay Hemminger notched a team-high four sacks.
The Black Knights (2-3, 1-1 CSFL) meanwhile, have not played a game in two weeks.
The matchup represents a chance for the Red to achieve, with a little bit of luck, its undisputed season goal: a conference championship.
If the Red can pull-off the win, and if Navy (5-0, 2-1 CSFL) loses its matchup against Penn, the CSFL title will head back to Ithaca.
Just because opportunity knocks, that doesn’t mean you’re always going to hear it.
Sprint football senior running back Ryan Smith almost learned that the hard way.
“[Senior quarterback] Zak [Dentes] had asked me to join in the spring of my sophomore year, but I didn’t, which is actually a decision I regret now,” Smith said.
But he wasn’t to make the same mistake again.
“He asked me again last spring,” Smith said, “so I joined during the off-season.”
Several months later, Smith has now become an unexpected leader and ground-game workhorse for a Red backfield that has been decimated by injuries.
As a two-sport athlete at Musak High School in Monroe, Conn., football wasn’t even his focus.
With the senior quarterback and starting running back both on the bench with injuries, the sprint football team notched its first conference win on Friday with a dominating 40-14 victory over Princeton at Powers Field.
The theme of the night was the breakout performance of sophomore backup quarterback Elliot Corey, who started for senior captain Zak Dentes.
“At the beginning of [last] week, Zak texted me and let me know he wasn’t going to be starting,” said Corey.
Dentes and the Red coaching staff did not disclose before game time that the usual signal-caller’s nagging foot injury would keep him from, which might have thrown off the opposing defense.
You hear NFL coaches say it all the time — unlike a similar dilemma at the quarterback position, a running back controversy is a good thing.
It may then be a case of “too much of a good thing” for the sprint football team.
Hindered by injuries, although fortunate to have a variety of personnel options, the state of the Red’s backfield is still in question heading into this weekend’s contest against conference foe Princeton at Powers Field.
Stepping onto a football field as the starting quarterback of the home team may be a lofty, cliché dream of college athletes. For senior Zak Dentes, it will seem all too familiar. This season is the third year in a row he has done it.
Although thrice named the starting quarterback of the sprint football team, this season Dentes has acquired a new title — team co-captain.
“Last season, the team voted for the three captains, and that’s something I’m really proud of,” Dentes said. “I have my team’s support, so really, I’m just looking to continue to do more of the same.”
“More of the same” for Dentes means not only unflappable leadership, but outstanding individual accomplishments and accolades.
Any gym teacher will tell you — a fundamental part of nearly every athletic activity is proper footwork.
No one knows that better than sophomore Clayton Hemminger.
The sprint football linebacker may be a trim 175 pounds (172 on game days), but he has the size and strength of a varsity tailback. That, however, hasn’t prevented him from being light on his feet.
“Last year, I was always on my heels, and I didn’t always know what to do,” Hemminger said. “Now, I stay on my toes the whole game. I stay aggressive the whole game.”
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Aggressive is an understatement.
After a disappointing 0-5 start to the season, the men’s soccer team hopes to gain some confidence and pride by coming together as unit this Sunday in Easton, Penn. The Red will take on the Lafayette Leopards in what the it hopes to be a turning point for a squad frustrated by a lack of continuity on offense and execution on defense.
Yesterday, head coach Bryan Scales called a team meeting to discuss what must be done to right the path of the 2008 season.
“We have to do a lot of soul-searching, figure out why we’re making the same mistakes day-in and day-out,” said junior forward Matt Bouraee. “No one wants to continue like this. At this point, we can only improve, and we won’t give up as a team.”