After starting its season with a tie and a loss, the women’s soccer team will split its time this weekend: traveling to Lehigh on Friday before returning to face Manhattan College at home on Sunday.
“We feel pretty confident coming into the weekend and think we can come away with a few wins,” said junior forward Lena Russomagno. “A lot of us are frustrated after some of the results last weekend and we are just looking to beat some teams and end on a good note.”
The Mountain Hawks (1-1-0) started their season with a 3-1 victory over Nebraska, followed by a 1-0 loss to Virginia Tech.
“I think Lehigh is definitely beatable for us,” said sophomore defender Sam Wright.
The women’s soccer team could not utilize its home field advantage and went without a win this weekend, earning instead a scoreless tie against Binghamton on Friday and a 3-1 loss to Niagara on Sunday.
“I thought we played good soccer but it was disappointing because we made some rookie mistakes that caused us to give up goals. We really showed inexperience,” said head coach Danielle LaRoche.
Bringing the regular season to a successful close, both men’s rowing teams swept this weekend’s competition in the gorgeous Ithaca weather on Saturday. Women’s crew, on the road in Providence, R.I., had a solid performance coming in second place in its three races.
“Cornell came out really hard. All of our boats had really good races and we put up some great times,” senior varsity heavyweight Jonathan Carroll said.
The women’s lacrosse team heads back on the field to host Vanderbilt in a non-league afternoon matchup today. Although the No. 20 Cornell is on the upswing at the moment, No. 10 Vanderbilt is expected to be one of the tougher tests of the season.
The Red (8-5, 3-3 Ivy) will need an early lead to hold off a strong offensive team like the Commodores. Vanderbilt (9-4, 2-2 American Lacrosse Conference) has won seven of its last eight games, including an 18-11 victory over Notre Dame on Wednesday.[img_assist|nid=37060|title=Shades of red|desc=Senior Jessica Wiegand (left) won the game for Cornell against Yale last Saturday. The Red play the Commodores this afternoon.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The women’s lacrosse team netted another Ivy League victory this past weekend to extend its win streak to two games, defeating Brown 12-9. After overpowering University of New Hampshire during the week, No. 20 Cornell (7-4, 2-3 Ivy) utilized its momentum and technique to play a solid sixty minutes.
“I thought Brown definitely played a good game and they were a lot better than last year,” said sophomore Libby Johnson. “They really never let us pull away. Every time we would score a couple of goals, they would always answer back. “
Starting off the game strong offensively by maintaining control of the ball through draw controls and forced turnovers, the Red did not give the Bears (6-5, 2-2 Ivy) many opportunities, which created longer possession times for the Red.
The women’s lacrosse team (5-2, 1-1 Ivy) broke its early season winning steak over Spring Break. While on the road for most of the break the Red dropped two of its three matches, beating Columbia before losing to Loyola and Penn.
“We lost two in a row and in similar fashion … but the teams were definitely different. Penn was supremely talented all over the field, and Ivy League is always a big focus for us,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “It hurt that we weren’t playing more strongly.”
Riding on the energy and momentum gained from last weekend’s overtime victory, the No. 14 women’s lacrosse team heads on the road for the first time this season. Cornell (2-0) faces off against instate foe, No. 20 Hofstra, tomorrow afternoon.
“We are excited to play this weekend and to put everything together and play a full 60 minutes,” said junior Kate Dewey. “We are focusing on playing Cornell lacrosse and playing as a team. This week we have been focusing on attack and full field play.”
The women’s hockey team pushed its season to the fullest after clinching a spot in the first round of the playoffs against No. 7 Harvard. In both weekend games, the Crimson continued to deliver and execute goals, however, leaving the Red with a 3-0 and 4-0 loss in its last games of the season.
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“Coming into this weekend, we knew that Harvard was a top seed, and that we had to bring our best to compete with them. Both games we played well,” said freshman forward Catherine White.
Hoping to utilize its momentum and energy gained from its 8-0 victory over Union last weekend, the women’s hockey team (12-12-5, 8-9-5 ECAC) begins its postseason on the road, facing off against Harvard tomorrow afternoon.
“Our team is actually very excited to play Harvard this weekend. It is going to be a very exciting and close game. We have no fears playing Harvard,” said sophomore forward Rebecca Johnston. “They are a very good team, but we can definitely matchup to their play, and I think if we play our best, then we can definitely come out on top.”
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After graduating seven seniors, the Red has regrouped from its second place finish in the Ivy League last season. With such a young team, consisting of 21 freshmen and sophomore players, Cornell is looking for some of this new ability to step into more prominent positions on the team. In addition, six returning starters will demonstrate their knack, including junior goalkeeper Kristen Reese and All-Ivy players Kelly Hansen, a senior defenseman, and Tissy O’Connor, a junior midfielder.