The field hockey team split a pair of one-goal games this weekend, walking away with an Ivy victory. On Saturday, Cornell (4-4, 2-0 Ivy) squared off against the Columbia Lions (5-1, 0-1 Ivy) at Yale University’s Johnson Field in New Haven, Conn. After jumping out to a quick lead, the Red weathered a Lion comeback to snatch a 4-3 victory in an offense-oriented match.
A day later, the ladies rolled into Fairfield, Conn., to face off against the Fairfield University Stags (3-8).
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The field hockey team (3-3, 1-0 Ivy) christened the inaugural match of Marsha Dodson Field this weekend with style. On Saturday, the squad opened its Ivy play versus the Penn Quakers (1-6, 0-1 Ivy) with a 3-1 victory then followed the win with a 4-0 victory over Georgetown on Sunday.
The Cornell athletic community lost a legendary figure on Friday as Nevin D. “Ned” Harkness passed away on his 89th birthday. Harkness, who coached men’s ice hockey and men’s lacrosse at Cornell, RPI and Union, died in Rochester, N.Y., after several months of deteriorating health. He is best known as the first collegiate coach to win national championships in two different sports.
The women’s field hockey team (1-3) will open Ivy play this weekend with two home matches. On Saturday at noon, the ladies will partake in pregame ceremonies as Cornell officially opens its newest sport facility, Marsha Dodson Field, before playing host to familiar foe Penn (1-5). Then on Sunday, the team will return to non-league play for a 1 p.m. match against Georgetown (0-6).
The squad is looking to bounce back from two close matches last weekend at Lock Haven and Bucknell. Both matches witnessed the Red suffer a 3-2 defeat, with the Lock Haven match requiring overtime. Indeed, one-goal losses have plagued the Red for the last couple of seasons — 13 of the team’s last 19 defeats have come in one-goal games, seven requiring overtime.
Those of us who view summer as an opportunity to rebuild vocal cords before returning to the Lynah Rink stands have longed for this moment ever since Cornell defeated Colgate in the consolation game of the ECACHL finals in Albany, N.Y., last year. Today’s announcement of line procedures for men’s hockey season tickets commences the annual sprint to the first puck drop at the Red-White game. For the newcomers to East Hill, it presents the first chance to truly prove their commitment to the brethren of fan-hood. Yet before that moment can occur, it is crucial to understand and appreciate how Cornell hockey came to such enviable success and prominence. That story, dear faithful, starts and ends with Lynah Rink.
The field hockey team embarked on its 2008 campaign this weekend with a road split against No. 19 Albany on Saturday and Siena Saints on yesterday. The Red (1-1) fell, 1-0, to Albany (3-1) before bouncing back with a 3-0 thumping of Siena (0-3). Cornell is trying to continue to build on recent success following a program-best 10 wins last season.
As the academic year winds down, we would like to call the Cornell community’s attention to an issue that affects a significant percentage of students: the poor treatment of hockey fans by the Athletic Department.
High prices for student tickets limit the Cornell fan base and result in empty seats. By comparison, 2008 NCAA champion Boston College offers free tickets to students, as do ECAC Hockey regular season champion Clarkson, Hockey East powerhouses Maine and New Hampshire and CCHA tournament finalist Miami (Ohio).
Walking off the court a week and a half ago, senior men’s tennis player Rory Heggie must’ve had a bittersweet smile on his face. Playing Princeton’s senior co-captain, Heggie came from a set down and defeated Mark Gober not only to clinch the No. 6 singles match, but also to secure the clinching point in a 4-3 victory for the Red. It was the first time the men’s tennis team defeated Princeton in New Jersey in over fifty years.
Unfortunately for Heggie and the rest of the Red, his dramatic come-from-behind victory marked the final match played by the seniors.
The weekend after spring break means that Ivy League tennis is here once again. These four weeks offer tennis fans an opportunity to witness school rivalries played out on the hard courts of the northeast, as well a chance for the men’s and women’s teams to play for the elusive Ivy title. Since it was first awarded in 1956 for men and 1980 for women, the Red has failed to capture either Ivy League Championship. By contrast, Harvard and Princeton have won a combined 42 men’s titles and 24 women’s titles.
With three rounds of golf to play before the Ivy League championship, the golf team will look for a strong performance at the 22nd annual Princeton Invitational tomorrow and Sunday. Featuring 15 schools, including Ivy foe Columbia and defending champion St. John’s, this 6,390 yard, par-71 course presents an opportunity for the squad to play an improved, consistent weekend of golf.