Standing in the middle of Section B as the final minutes ticked off Lynah’s scoreboard on both Friday and Saturday night, I felt a nostalgic electricity reverberating through the student sections that seeped its way around the rink. I imagined that Lynah Rink once bore witness to this contemporary anomaly every evening its famed and feared ice hockey team laced up their skates. Scenes of students shuffling on the wooden bleachers before 7 p.m., of chest painted diehards who brave the tundra-like conditions, of 60 minutes of nonstop enthusiasm from the Faithful and townies alike, and of a domination of our Hahvahd and Dartmouth rivals flooded my mind amid visions of seasons past.
The field hockey team concluded the 2008 campaign on a high note, defeating Dartmouth, 3-2, on Marsha Dodson Field. It was a bittersweet win for the senior class, as the historic victory set new school marks for conference wins (6) and overall wins (11). Yet with the win, the Red (11-6, 6-1 Ivy) still failed to bring home a coveted title, finishing in second place in the Ivy League behind No. 11 Princeton for the third consecutive season.
Never before has Cornell hockey opened a season in such dramatic fashion. Junior goalie Ben “Mr. 0” Scrivens turned away all 68 shots he faced this weekend to shutout both No. 9 Princeton and Quinnipiac. Yet Cornell managed just one goal on the road trip and the Red rode home with three points in perhaps its most difficult test of the year.
The field hockey team came up short of clinching at least a share of the Ivy League title and the league’s spot in an NCAA tournament play-in game on Saturday, falling 4-0 to Princeton before a standing room-only crowd at Marsha Dodson Field.
For the No. 11 Tigers (13-2, 6-0 Ivy), the win marks its fourth consecutive Ivy title and the 14th of the last 15 awarded overall. For the Red (10-5, 5-1 Ivy), the defeat marks its first conference loss in over a year and prevents its most successful senior class ever from gaining sole possession of a league title.
With at least a share of the Ivy League title on the line, the field hockey team will face off against No. 11 Princeton tomorrow at noon on Marsha Dodson Field. Cornell (10-4, 5-0 Ivy) is looking to capture its first Ivy title since 1990, when it shared the honor with Harvard and Brown.
This is all too familiar territory for the Tigers (12-2, 5-0 Ivy), the winningest field hockey team in Ivy League history. Having captured 13 of the last 14 titles, including the last three, the Princeton seniors enter this game without having experienced anything but Ivy championships during their college tenure.
The field hockey team remained undefeated in Ivy play on Saturday with a 4-2 victory over Brown on Warner Roof in Providence, R.I. In a season where the Red is challenging many school marks, the team tied the Cornell record for overall wins and Ivy League wins, moving to 10-4 overall and 5-0 in the conference. Brown, on the other hand, drops to 3-11 overall and 0-5 in league play.
For the second consecutive year, the hockey team has opened its season with an exhibition tie. Yet I couldn’t shake the feeling that it’s going to be a tale of two seasons.
Cornell opened last year against Trois-Rivieres, University of Ottawa, and RIT, three teams arguably far weaker than the U.S. Under-18 Development Team. Disappointingly, however, Cornell finished an unimpressive 1-1-1 in those three games, registering just one goal in two of those contests.
This year, though, with only one coach’s practice under its belt heading into Saturday’s contest, Cornell looked far sharper and somewhat more disciplined than it did for good chunks of last season.
The field hockey team tied a school record for goals in one game en route to a 9-0 home victory over the Bryant University Bulldogs on Saturday at Marsha Dodson Field. The win improves Cornell to 8-4 overall this season, including four straight victories and seven of the Red’s last eight contests. Bryant drops to 1-11.
Leading the way for the Red was the red-hot sophomore Catie De Stio. Coming off Ivy League Co-Player of the Week honors, De Stio scored her first career hat trick and added another assist. De Stio is now tied for the team lead in goals and points with senior co-captain Abbi Horn.
The field hockey team swept a pair of games this weekend, defeating the Yale Bulldogs, 2-1, in overtime on Saturday before closing out the Lehigh Mountain Hawks, 2-0, Sunday afternoon. Leading the way for the Red was sophomore attack Catie De Stio who scored two game-winning goals — including the overtime winner 3:23 into the extra frame — and added an assist. Senior co-captain Abbi Horn also scored a pair, while junior goalkeeper Melanie Jue surrendered just one tally over both games.
“It was a really positive weekend and satisfying for us,” Horn said. “We played our game and got two victories. To come out, play an Ivy game on Saturday, turn around, and grind out a victory against Lehigh on Sunday speaks highly of the team’s maturity this season.”
When the women’s field hockey team defeated Princeton last year for the first time since 1990, you wouldn’t have found its junior co-captain celebrating with the entire squad for long. Instead, Belen Martinez could be found shedding tears of joy while relaying the good news to her parents on the phone. For Martinez, the sport of field hockey is much more than a hobby, it is part of her identity.