The women’s soccer team starts off its season this weekend, playing host to Binghamton today, and then traveling to face Niagara on Sunday.
“We are just excited to play,” said junior co-captain Lena Russomagno. “After preseason, after practicing a lot, we are just excited to get out there and show what we’ve got and show what we’ve been doing in practice.”
The Red’s first matchup will be against Binghamton, a team that’s coming off a pair of losses last weekend at Delaware and Saint Joseph’s. Binghamton edges out Cornell in the series between the teams, 1-0-1, and tied Cornell the last time the two teams met, back in 2004.
The women’s rowing team will race at home this weekend, as the Red takes on competition from Dartmouth.
After having a strong showing in last weekend’s Dunn Bowl, placing second in three against Brown and Columbia, the Red hopes to continue its momentum into Dartmouth.
“We’re coming off a pretty successful weekend in the first varsity boat. We had a really big step forward last weekend, so the Dartmouth race should be an opportunity to keep our momentum going,” varsity captain Cathleen Balantic said.
While on the road this weekend, the women’s lacrosse team pulled through with a 7-6 win over Yale in a close contest that was decided with less than five minutes remaining. The game-decider was an unassisted goal scored by senior midfielder Jessica Wiegand.
This win bumped Cornell (8-5, 3-3 Ivy) up in the standings, while pushing Yale (5-9, 1-5) behind to another Ivy League loss.
Freshman midfielder Katie Kirk’s three goals, all coming in the first half, helped lead the Red to success. Wiegand and senior Halsey Diakow each contributed a goal and an assist in the contest.
After an impressive comeback effort fell short in Wednesday’s 11-8 loss to No. 8 Syracuse, the No. 18 women’s lacrosse team will stay on the road to go up against Yale tomorrow.
“Yale is going to be tough,” said assistant coach Suzie Friedrich. “They have a couple go-to players who are doing well on the attacking end of the field, but we’re playing really well right now as a team, both defensively and offensively. So we’re feeling pretty confident, especially coming off of last night’s strong performance against Syracuse.”[img_assist|nid=36950|title=I like to move it, move it|desc=Senior Jessica Wiegand looks to bypass a Brown opponent at Schoellkopf Field in last Saturday’s contest.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
After playing two games on the road, a 12-8 loss to Dartmouth on Saturday and Monday’s 5-3 win over the University of New Hampshire, the women’s lacrosse team is prepared to host Brown University at Schoellkopf Field tomorrow.
The win against UNH marked the end of a four-game losing streak for the Red, with each of the losses coming against teams ranked in the top-20. The match against UNH showcased the Red’s tough defense. Junior goalkeeper Kristen Reese achieved career-best results, making 13 saves and holding guard at the net without allowing one goal for over 31 minutes during the first half. UNH, a team that averages 13 goals per game, wasn’t allowed much room for scoring.
The women’s lacrosse team fell to Dartmouth on Saturday while on the road in New Hampshire. After the Red played a dominant first half, Dartmouth took control after the break to score six straight goals and bring the final score to 12-8.
While the No. 15 Big Green remain undefeated against the other Ivies so far (6-3, 3-0 Ivy), the Red (5-4, 1-3 Ivy) added another loss to its growing skid.
“I think we just played so well the first half, but we just lost a couple draw controls and I think we just let Dartmouth take the momentum away from us a little bit,” said junior attacker Kate Dewey.
The Ithaca College Invitational on Saturday marks the first race of the semester for both the men’s and women’s rowing teams. After intense training during their midseason break, the teams hope to start off the spring season strong and will use this race as an indicator of where the crews stand since their last meet in the fall.
Four schools will be competing in both the men’s and women’s races. The men will face Ithaca College, Marist and Hobart College and the women will go up against Ithaca College, Marist and William Smith College.
Hoping to build upon its 3-0 undefeated record, the women’s lacrosse team will host Le Moyne College today at Schoellkopf Field in what will be the first meeting of these two central New York teams.
Like the Red (3-0, 0-0 Ivy), Le Moyne (2-3, Independent) is similarly trying to utilize the momentum of its winning streak, as the team is coming off of a 20-7 victory against Detroit Mercy and 11-9 win over Sacred Heart.
“We never played Le Moyne before, so it should be interesting,” sophomore attacker Libby Johnson said. “I’ve played with a lot of girls on the team in summer leagues and stuff, and there are definitely a lot of good players on the team. We know that they’re going to be looking to bring a good game just from being from the same area as us.”
After an impressive comeback in the second half and a fierce battle for the win that stretched into a fourth overtime, the women’s lacrosse team ultimately prevailed over Rutgers on Saturday, clinching an 8-7 victory after nearly 70 minutes of play.
“It was a complete team win and everybody pulled together to come back. We played like a team to pull it off,” said freshman midfielder Katie Kirk.
The Scarlet Knights (1-1) took the lead early in the game, starting off with a string of four goals in the first 15 minutes of play, three coming in the first five minutes. Rutgers player Brooke Cantwell scored two unassisted goals, and her teammate Nina Frankoski netted the other two.
After a successful season opener against Colgate on Wednesday, the women’s lacrosse team will remain on its home turf to host Rutgers tomorrow.
“We were all really excited to get our first win and get the first-game jitters out of the way before our second bigger game,” said freshman midfielder Shannon McHugh.
Rutgers (1-0) played its own first game of the season this week as well, defeating Temple, 16-9, on Wednesday. Last time Cornell (1-0) came up against the Scarlet Knights, the Red won, 10-6. Cornell leads the overall series against Rutgers 11-1-0.
“We know that Rutgers is going to be very athletic. They’re quick and they had a really nice win yesterday against Temple,” said assistant coach Suzie Friedrich.