I never thought I would say this, but as of this week, the Evil Empire is officially in disarray. Not so long ago, in fact only seven years ago, the New York Yankees had won three straight World Series’ and four out of the last five. Led by immortals such as Derek Jeter, Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, and the postseason heroics of Paul O’Neill and Scott Brosius, the Bronx Bombers were seemingly unbeatable. They were invincible. They were the Damn Yankees.
Before the men’s hockey team kicks off its 2007-08 season this Saturday against Rochester Institute of Technology, senior co-captain Ray Sawada went blow-for-blow with Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams. 1. You have a very unusual name, Ramond Masao Sawada. Where does a name like that come from?
Well I’m half Japanese and half Italian so Masao is actually my Japanese grandfather’s name and Sawada is obviously my father’s name, who is also Japanese.
Yeah it’s a good combination.
Great combination, the name flows off the tongue. I couldn’t resist with this one, does everybody love Raymond?
You know, I think it takes time to get to know me, but I think that everybody does.
Coming off an impressive week in which the volleyball team earned victories over rivals Harvard and previously Ivy-undefeated Dartmouth, Kara Zaragoza dug up a few spikes from Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams.
1. I like to start out with questions about the team before I get into more ridiculous stuff, just so I maintain some sort of legitimacy in doing these interviews. So that being said, the last three years your team has won an Ivy League championship. But this year is a little bit of a struggle with a 6-9 (3-2 Ivy) record, what’s the deal with the team?
Before the football team renewed its annual Homecoming game rivalry with Colgate this Saturday at Schoellkopf Field, Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams tossed the rock around with junior quarterback and two-sport star Nathan Ford. Williams is still trying to recover his fumble. 1. So I talked to you a while ago and you said that the football team would win the Ivy championship, but then you guys lost to Yale and Harvard by pretty wide margins. What happened?
Before playing his first match of the season at the Delaware Invitational, senior tri-captain Chad Bernstein hit the range with Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams. Williams was quickly removed after hitting a five-year-old with a shank.
1. I like to start off a little easy, so why do you play golf? Why would you want to pursue golf of all the other sports in the world?
Chicks dig the long ball
[Laughing] Chicks dig the long ball!
And it’s a lot easier. I mean it’s a walk in the park compared to football. We see those guys in the weight room and they’re grinding it out; we’re just enjoying life.
So you’re saying you have the pleasure of being a Division I athlete without necessarily…
After one week of Ivy League play, Penn and Columbia — who are two of the four teams off to a 1-0 start — are on top of the women’s soccer standings. Here is a recap of all of the games played by Ancient Eight teams this past week.
The Quakers opened up their Ivy League schedule with a 1-0 win over Cornell on Friday night. Penn — who improved to 6-2-1 overall with the win — dominated Cornell in virtually all aspects of the game, outshooting the Red 11-1 and taking 10 cornerkicks to Cornell’s 0. The lone goal was scored by a Cornell defenseman who was attempting to head the ball out of the box but directed it into the back of the net instead.
In case any of you have been wondering why my name has been relatively absent from paper for the past couple of weeks (and by the way if you actually have, that’s embarrassing and you should begin to rethink your life a little) it is because I sacrificed fulfilling many of my beloved duties at The Sun in order to prepare for the Law School Admission Test (a.k.a. The LSAT). Now that may not seem like a big deal to some of you, but I think I speak for many future law students (and for that matter future medical students like Scott Zuckerman and Michael “Texas Belt Buckle” Schechter) in saying that I would rather take a Tyson punch to the kidney than go through that experience again.
The Red’s offensive line has been one of the team’s strengths for each of the last three seasons and with a number of experienced starters returning, this year looks to be no different. The line is anchored by two fifth-year starters, center Ted Sonnenberg and right guard and co-captain Brian McGuire. Both players, who have started in 20 games alongside one another, helped Cornell rank among the national leaders with 215.4 yards per game and 40 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons.
“The fact that we have been alongside one another for so long is definitely really important for this team,” Sonnenberg said.
It is not often that a special teams player makes a significant impact on a football team’s season. Except for perhaps the spectacular 2006 season of Chicago Bears return man Devin Hester, return men are often overlooked and underappreciated football players. Yet sophomore wide receiver, return man and special teams player extraordinaire Bryan Walters was a big reason why the Red recovered from a 1-3 start to the 2006 season to finish with a 5-5 (3-4 Ivy) record.
Despite catching only three balls for 33 yards over the course of his freshman campaign, Walters made his presence known early and often returning both kicks and punts for Cornell. Over the course of the season, he asserted himself as arguably the top special teams player in the Ancient Eight.
One week after senior Brian Kuritzky led the men’s soccer team to the Nike/Kentucky invitational championship and the team’s best start (3-1) in recent memory with four goals and two assists, Sun Assistant Sports Editor Lance Williams kicked some balls around with the white hot forward. Kuritzky, so hot right now.
1. I covered soccer last fall and it was rather depressing, you guys were 4-8-3 and couldn’t score a goal for your lives. But now the team is 3-1 to start the season, what has been the secret to your success?
There’s no secret, we’ve just been around each other more on and off the field. Whereas last year we weren’t gelling as a group, I know it’s a cliché, but we really are coming together …
[Laughing] Easy buddy.