The women’s hockey team lost and tied its two ECACHL games this weekend at Lynah Rink. The Red (3-4-1, 0-1-1 ECACHL) fell 5-2 to Yale on Friday night, and then tied Brown 2-2 on Saturday.
In its loss to the Bulldogs (3-0-1, 3-0-1), the Red built a 2-0 lead heading into the third period. At the 4:09 mark of the second period, freshman Karlee Overguard took a pass from senior Brianne Schmidt to put away her team-leading fourth goal of the year. With 4 minutes to go in the second, senior Caeleigh Beerworth added to the Red’s lead with a 5-on-3 goal, assisted by Overguard and Laura Danforth.
The women’s hockey team features a number of talented freshmen who have already contributed to the team’s early success. Perhaps even more important than the newcomers’ great on-ice play, though, is the stability and leadership provided by a trio of senior forwards, Brittany Forgues, Caleigh Beerworth and Brianne Schmidt.
Third-year head coach Doug Derraugh ’91 couldn’t emphasize enough the importance of having players who have been with the program for so long.
The women’s soccer team has its last chance this year to earn an Ivy League win this weekend when Columbia visits Berman Field. Currently on an eight-game losing streak, the Red (4-11-0, 0-6-0 Ivy) has certainly struggled to this point.
If the team’s competitive nature doesn’t already provide enough motivation to perform well on Saturday, seniors Leslie Campbell, Mariye Wick, Jill Tirabassi, Kara Lewis, Molly Easterlin, Jen Case and Jackie Stromberg have an additional source of inspiration — it will be the final game of their collegiate soccer careers.
“It’s hard not to think that it’s your last game, but it’s important to approach it like you do every game,” Campbell said. “We need to make sure that we leave everything on the field and a play a good game.”
The women’s hockey team is looking to bounce back from a couple of home losses last weekend, playing games tonight and tomorrow at Niagara.
The Red (2-2-0) hits the road for the first time this year as it faces off against the Purple Eagles (2-1-1) at Dwyer Arena tonight at 7 p.m.
Tonight’s game marks Niagara’s home opener. The Purple Eagles are off to their best start since the 2002-2003 season, when they opened the yar with a 3-1-0 record. After a loss and a tie to start the season, Niagara dominated Northeastern last weekend, 6-4 and 5-2, in consecutive wins.
The Red will need to contain the Purple Eagles’ high-powered offense, which is led by junior forward Ashley Riggs. Riggs has already tallied seven goals and one assist through just four games this year.
Leslie Campbell knows that her time on the field for the women’s soccer team is drawing to a close. But instead of dwelling on old memories, however, Campbell is set on grinding out the last two games of her collegiate soccer career and building towards the future of the program. Given the team’s lackluster performance this year, Cambell believes that a strong effort could start the rebuilding process.
“I hope to send the team off on the right foot,” Campbell said. “Two wins or two good games could set the tone for next season, and I want to make sure the program improves in the future, starting with these last two games.”
Powers Field at Princeton Stadium will be the site of tomorrow’s women’s soccer game, when the Red kicks off against the Tigers at 1 pm.
Cornell (4-9-0, 0-4-0 Ivy) is trying to break out of a six-game losing streak, and is coming off a 4-0 home loss to Brown. Princeton (7-5-1, 3-1-0) is ranked No. 4 in the Mid-Atlantic Region according to Soccer Buzz magazine and second in the Ivy League. The Tigers can keep its Ivy championship hopes alive with a win.
The womens’ soccer team couldn’t stop its slide this weekend, as it fell at home to Brown, 4-0. The Red (4-9-0, 0-4-0 Ivy) has now dropped its last six games and has failed to score in each one of those contests.
The first half was relatively even, with the Red outshooting the Bears (4-8-1, 2-2-0 Ivy) 9-6. In the 31st minute, however, Brown was able to break through when freshman Sylvia Stone finished off a cross from Lindsay Cunningham. The Red entered halftime down 1-0, but Brown took over from that point on.
The women’s soccer team will attempt to snap a five-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon, when it hosts the Brown Bears. Cornell (4-8-0, 0-3 Ivy) is looking to bounce back from a lopsided loss at Yale, while Brown (3-7-0, 1-2-0 Ivy) is coming off a 3-1 loss at local rival Rhode Island.
The coaching matchup pits the Red’s first year head coach Danielle LaRoche against Brown’s veteran coach Phil Pincince. Pincince has led the Bears’ women’s soccer program for 29 seasons, and is the 12th winningest coach in NCAA history. He is very well known and respected throughout the soccer community, and has been around long enough that he was one of the coaches recruiting LaRoche when she was coming out of high school — in 1991.
The women’s soccer team is heading to New Haven, Conn. to take on the Yale Bulldogs tomorrow afternoon. It will be the first game in a doubleheader, with a matchup of the two schools’ men’s programs in the nightcap. The Red women (4-7-0, 0-2-0Ivy) are coming off a home loss to Harvard and continue to seek their first Ivy win of the year. Yale (6-5-0, 1-1-0) is looking to bounce back from a home loss to Dartmouth.
Yale brings a solid offensive attack featuring junior forward and returning second-team All-Ivy selection Maggie Westfal, who leads the team in goals, assists and points. She ranks fifth in the conference for points and third in goals per game, behind Cornell’s own Lena Russomagno, who is second in both categories.