While many students will be leaving Ithaca for fall break this weekend, the women’s soccer team will stay right at home for an Ivy League match versus Harvard. The Red will host the Crimson at Berman Field tomorrow at noon, as each team tries to bounce back from a loss in its first Ivy game. Cornell (4-6-0, 0-1-0 Ivy) fell in its opener at Penn 1-0 last weekend, whereas Harvard (6-3-1, 0-1-0) lost at Yale 2-1 in overtime.
Harvard, who is ranked No. 7 in the Northeast region according to Soccer Buzz magazine — and eighth in the nation — is coming off a 1-0 win over Fairfield.
The women’s soccer team dropped both its matches this weekend, falling on the road at Penn on Friday and at home yesterday to Colgate. Cornell (4-6-0, 0-1-0 Ivy) lost 1-0 to Penn in its Ivy League opener, while its 3-0 loss to Colgate was its first loss at home.
Though Penn (6-2-1, 1-0-0) controlled most of the play, the only goal that the Red defense conceived was a 9th minute own goal. The women were able to keep Penn’s Jessica Fuccello in check, holding her to just one shot on goal. Fucello is second in scoring in the Ivy League to Cornell’s Lena Russomagno. As a team, the Quakers outshot the Red 11-1, and earned 10 corner kicks compared to the Red’s zero.
The women’s soccer team has seen much of its offensive production come from a pair of players, something that is typical of many squads. The surprising part about the Red is that its point leaders, Lena Russomagno and Natalie Zandt, are freshmen. The duo has accounted for nine of the team’s 12 goals this year, and 20-of-31 points. Head coach Danielle LaRoche is clearly excited about their production, but was unaware of the numbers that the two have put up so far.
“I wasn’t aware of their point total. Wow — that’s pretty impressive,” LaRoche said.
Russomagno’s six goals and 14 points lead the team. Her two assists also give her a share of the team lead with sophomore forward Eva Dixon.
The women’s soccer team split its two contests this weekend, beating Niagara at home on Friday and falling on the road to Bucknell. Each game went to overtime, as the Red (4-4-0) continued its trend of dominating at home and struggling on the road.
In Friday’s match against the Purple Eagles (4-4-0), the women went into halftime trailing 1-0. Though freshman goalkeeper Jodi Palmer made five saves in the first half, the Red eventually surrendered one in the 39th minute to Niagara’s Britney Bisnott. Six minutes into the second half, however, freshman Lena Russomagno evened the game at 1 with her sixth goal in four games.
Six games into the season, the women’s soccer team has already matched its win total from the 2006 season. After an 0-2 start, first year head coach Danielle LaRoche has brought the Red back to the .500 mark, posting a 3-1 record in its last four games. The Red, currently stands at 3-3 after coming off a disappointing 3-13-1 (1-6) last year.
The women’s season began with a couple of lopsided road losses to strong Hofstra and St. Johns teams, which it followed up with a home overtime win over Hartford. The Red then dropped a game that it feels it should have won at St. Bonaventure, and won its last two this weekend at Berman Field against Siena and Lafayette, respectively.
Freshman goalkeeper Jodi Palmer was a little spooked this summer when she got a call from women’s soccer head coach Danielle LaRoche. LaRoche was letting the Maple Valley, Wash. native know that the returning starter was not coming back to Cornell, and that Palmer was penciled in as the Red’s starting goalkeeper.
“At first, I was really nervous about the whole thing. But then I thought about it, and realized that this was a good opportunity to show what I can do,” Palmer said.
LaRoche was a bit uneasy as well, to say the least. She dubbed it a “coaching nightmare” to enter her first season as a collegiate head coach with only one goalkeeper on the roster — and a freshman, at that. As soon as Palmer got to campus, however, LaRoche’s concerns were eased.
The women’s soccer team split its two games this weekend, beating Hartford 1-0 at home on Friday evening and falling to St. Bonaventure 4-2 yesterday afternoon. The Red’s thrilling double-overtime victory over Hartford marked head coach Danielle LaRoche’s first career win as head coach.
The women’s soccer team will host Hartford at Berman Field tonight at 6 p.m. in its home opener. The squad will then travel to St. Bonaventure, N.Y., to take on St. Bonaventure for a Sunday afternoon tilt. The Red (0-2) looks to bounce back from a rough start to the year, with consecutive road losses to Hofstra and St. John’s.
Tonight’s contest will mark head coach Danielle LaRoche’s first home game. The new coaching staff has used this week of practice to tinker with the starting lineup. They made some tactical adjustments, and continue to work on revamping the defensive scheme. Coach LaRoche is extremely happy with how the team has trained and is looking forward to earning her first win as a head coach.
The men’s heavyweight, men’s lightweight and women’s crew squads will all be in action this weekend in multiple locations. The men’s heavyweight team will travel to Derby, Conn., to take on Princeton and Yale in the Carnegie Cup tomorrow, while the men’s lightweight and women’s squads will both stay home to take on Dartmouth.
The golf team will wrap its season up this weekend in the Ivy League championships. The 54-hole tournament will be held at Galloway National Golf Club, just northwest of Atlantic City, N.J.
The Red is coming off a less -than-stellar performance earlier this month at the Yale Invitational, though its struggles can be attributed primarily to the cold and windy conditions in New Haven. In both the George Washington Invitational and Towson Invitational, its two other tournaments this season, the Red left with impressive seventh place finishes. Head coach Matt Baughan feels that the squad should be somewhat confident heading into the weekend, and that the team’s weak performance at Yale was not indicative of the way the Red has played all spring.