The ‘Other’ Opiate of The Masses

I can’t imagine why anyone would get involved with sports journalism. Most aspiring journalists dream of crafting an investigative story to reveal some deep-seated corruption in government; most sports fans avoid writing altogether. Sports journalists apparently come from that dead zone of the Venn diagram between “aspiring journalists” and “sports fans.” It’s not always a rewarding job; athletes whine that they don’t get enough attention and non-athletes complain that they get too much — after all, why spend so much time dissecting the intricacies and storylines of sports, an industry that has been equated with religion as an “opiate for the masses,” at least according to a lecture by Prof. Issac Kramnick, government.

M. Lacrosse Upsets Top-Ranked Princeton, Jumps to No. 2 in Coaches' Poll

It took more than a year for the men’s lacrosse team to “get over the hump” of beating a top-5 team, but head coach Jeff Tambroni said his squad seemed to channel the spirit and intensity of the 2007 season in its 10-7 win over top-ranked Princeton on Saturday at Schoellkopf Field. With the win, Cornell secured a share of the 2009 Ivy League championship, its seventh consecutive league title. Senior midfielder John Glynn continued his warrior effort at the face-off X, and the team made every possession count by slowing down the pace of the game and taking the “best available shot,” which is a mantra of Tambroni’s offense.

Second-Quarter Lapse Dooms Men’s Lacrosse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Even the run-and-gun offense favored by the men’s lacrosse team couldn’t keep up with the Orange’s high-octane scoring unit as No. 5 Syracuse took advantage of 17 Cornell turnovers and a big second quarter to topple the Red, 15-10, in a matchup between two of the most prolific offenses in the country.
Syracuse’s (8-2) defense bounced back from a rough outing against No. 2 Princeton on Saturday and prevented Cornell’s (7-2, 3-0 Ivy) offense from setting up while also thwarting the Red’s quick transition game. The Orange outshot the Red, 48-34, and caused 17 turnovers while only committing 14.

M. Lax Travels to Syracuse for Important Match

Only three quick days after its last game, a comeback win over Harvard, the No. 3/3 men’s lacrosse team will strap its pads back on and head to Syracuse for a big matchup against the No. 6/5 Orange at the Carrier Dome tonight at 7 p.m. The Red has won five games in a row; its last loss was against Virginia, the top team in the country that held on for a 13-12 win over the Orange earlier this season.[img_assist|nid=36625|title=All eyes on you|desc=Senior netminder Kyle Harer defends the net during the Red’s 21-11 win over Penn on March 28. Harer may be challenged for the start against No. 6/5 Syracuse by classmate Jake Myers.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]

Individual Performances Carry Red Past Crimson

The No. 3/4 men’s lacrosse team was aided by four goals each from seniors Max Seibald and Chris Finn and solid goaltending from backup netminder senior Jake Myers to overcome an early four-goal deficit to Harvard and finish with the win, 13-12, on Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf field. Seibald’s and Finn’s four goals each were career-highs, and Myers, subbed in to replace starter senior Kyle Harer, notched four saves and allowed one goal in just under 20 minutes to seal the win.
One week after struggling at face-offs, Cornell (7-1, 3-0 Ivy) won 15-of-27, thanks largely due to senior midfielder John Glynn’s impressive pain tolerance. Glynn played through a fractured left elbow that kept him out for just one game to win 12-of-21 face-offs. Seibald won 3-of-5 at the X.

Injured M. Lax Hosts Harvard Saturday

The season is officially past the halfway point, but it seems like the No. 3/4 men’s lacrosse team is just getting to work. Starting with its home matchup against No. 13/17 Harvard on Saturday, the Red enters a stretch of games that head coach Jeff Tambroni called the most competitive he’s ever seen.
“It’s the same schedule every year,” said head coach Jeff Tambroni. “But Brown has gotten better, Princeton seems to be back to their old ways and Syracuse clearly set themselves as one of the two best teams in the country.”

Despite Injuries, M. Lacrosse Secures Win Over Penn

Junior attackman Ryan Hurley scored five goals and led the banged-up Red offense to a big day against Penn’s leaky defense in a 21-11 win over the Quakers. Cornell showed off its depth in overcoming injuries to senior All-American midfielder John Glynn, senior midfielder Tommy Schmicker and sophomore defenseman Max Feely that kept them out of the game; senior defenseman Matt Moyer also played through a leg injury.

Sports Update 3-29-2009: Men's Hockey To Take on Bemidji State Tonight With Frozen Four Spot On the Line

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Men’s hockey: 3, Northeastern: 2

Senior Evan Barlow continued his late-season hot streak and scored the game-winner to lift Cornell to a 3-2 comeback win over Northeastern. The Red advances to play in the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regional at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday against the winner of Notre Dame-Bemidji St.

The Most Flagrant Foul

The play didn’t really factor into the end result of Cornell’s 78-59 loss to Missouri in the NCAA tournament, but it certainly grabbed my attention as I was squinting at my laptop’s live feed of the game.
With 10:57 left in the second half, junior Ryan Wittman was called for an offensive foul after swinging his elbow around and catching his defender, Zaire Taylor, in the nose. Taylor grabbed his nose and subbed out, though he came back less than two minutes later.
At least that’s how it would be reported in a calm, professional way. Here’s what CBS announcer Bob Wenzel said:
“That looks like a flagrant foul to me. Notice how his elbow comes away from his body, Zaire Taylor takes this one in the face. This looks flagrant to me.”

Cornell Shut Out by Yale in ECAC Championships

ALBANY — The men’s hockey team advanced to the ECAC Hockey tournament finals with a 4-3 double overtime stunner over Princeton on Friday night, but fell to Yale in the title game, 5-0. Cornell finishes the year second in ECAC Hockey rankings and received an at-large berth to the NCAA tournament for the first time since the 2005-06 season.