Coming off a loss that saw five goals from St. Lawrence and likely facing two goalies in Union’s Melissa Black and RPI’s Lovisa Selander who boast save percentages of .935 or better, Cornell is keying in on keeping its opponents off the board and grinding out goals of its own.
Down by two goals with four and a half minutes to play against St. Lawrence on Saturday, Cornell women’s hockey head coach Doug Derraugh ’91 opted for a sixth attacker. Two empty net goals later, the Red were staring at a 5-1 loss and a winless weekend at home. Cornell (8-9-4, 4-6-4 ECAC) has hovered around the .500 mark for the majority of the academic winter break. After playing Clarkson (20-3-3, 8-3-3) to a 2-2 tie on Friday at Lynah Rink, the Red could only muster one goal against St.
Because Cornell requires a swim test, it should come as no surprise to many readers that it was hot and humid at Teagle Pool on Tuesday afternoon. Cornell women’s swim and dive head coach Patrick Gallagher was working with one of his swimmers, freshman Jordan Silbert, fly/IM, before practice when I arrived. Walking up and down the length of the pool made for an unusual interview. “What’s the team mindset?”
“What’s the team mindset, Jordan?” Gallagher joked, “Are you more worried about the meet or finals?”
Gallagher clarified he was only half kidding. With finals coming up, it is an awkward time in the semester to have a swim meet.
Cornell polo was off to the races last weekend as the men’s and women’s team each led by six points after their first chukker. The women (5-1) would go on to beat Skidmore Polo Club 16-3 at home on Friday, while the men (4-2) could not hold their lead and lost to Roger Williams 17-16 in a shootout at home on Saturday. Head coach of both teams David Eldredge said the women’s team had worked on improving their start after having spotted their opponent an early lead in previous weeks. “When they came out on the field they were pretty well geared up,” Eldredge said. Senior captain Anna Winslow agreed that Cornell had a strong start.
In a world outside Cornell prelims, 80 percent is a pretty good showing, and the Cornell men’s and women’s polo teams now sport identical 4-1 records after winning their respective games this past weekend. The women handed the University of Connecticut (4-1) its first loss of the season, doubling up 22-11 in Ithaca on Friday. The men defeated UConn (2-3), 28-13, at home on Saturday and Skidmore Polo Club, 21-14, in Saratoga Springs on Sunday. Friday’s game was unusual for the women in that they had faced UConn in Storrs only five days earlier. Senior captain Anna Winslow said she believes being familiar with their rival’s game was an advantage coming in.