Running across the Arts Quad from spinning class to sociology lecture might not always lend the best body odor, and fitting physical education classes into a jam-packed schedule can be challenging. However, Cornell students are not alone in their quest to fulfill the two-course P.E. requirement.
The Cornell volleyball team hosted two big Ivy League opponents this weekend. The squad played the No. 1 ranked Dartmouth Big Green on Friday for the annual Dig Pink fundraiser benefiting breast cancer and the No. 3 Harvard Crimson on Saturday. Coming into the weekend, Dartmouth was on a three-game winning streak and thus had a lot of momentum.
Men’s lacrosse: 8, Hobart: 7
Men’s lacrosse holds on to defeat Hobart despite not scoring in the second half; team will play Hofstra in NCAA tournament
The Statesman defense and junior goalie Max Silberlicht shut down the No. 2 offense in the country for an entire half on Saturday, but Cornell’s eight first-half goals were enough of a cushion for the Red to get the 8-7 win in its last regular-season game of 2009. The 15 seniors on the Red’s roster were treated to a win in their regular-season finale at Schoellkopf Field, pushing Cornell’s record to 10-3, the fifth straight season with 10 wins. Hobart fell to 7-7.
The baseball team will host Princeton tomorrow for the right to face Dartmouth for the Ivy League Championship. The Red (15-21, 10-10 Ivy) split a doubleheader with the Tigers (18-18, 10-10) on Friday and dropped the first game of Monday’s twin bill. Needing a win in Game 2, freshman infielder Frank Hager blasted a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth to put Cornell in front for good. The fact that the Red is even in this position is remarkable considering its 2-11 start.
The men’s lacrosse headline on Dartmouth’s athletics website Sunday read “Cornell Too Much for Big Green.” Too much, indeed. Talk about a rebound. The men’s lacrosse team took another step forward on the road to another Ivy League championship with a morale boosting 19-6 win over Dartmouth Saturday in New Hampshire. The No. 3 Red (8-2, 4-0 Ivy) dominated in almost every category, forcing the Green (3-8, 0-3 Ivy) to play catch up the entire match. The win will do a lot to erase any lingering bitterness following the Red’s loss last weekend to No. 6 Syracuse.
“It was a must-win game,” said freshman attacker Rob Pannell. “After the Syracuse game we were a little disappointed. I think the Dartmouth game was a chance to just get a win, keep on track for the Ivy title.”
Following a tough road loss against No. 5/5 Syracuse Tuesday, the men’s lacrosse team will be on the road again this weekend, traveling north to Hanover, N.H., for a game against Ivy competitor Dartmouth. A win would keep the No. 3/3 Red (7-2, 3-0 Ivy) at the top of the Ancient Eight standings, as well as provide a surge of much-needed momentum for Cornell before the team faces No. 2/2 Princeton and No. 11/11 Brown next week.
“[A win against Dartmouth] is definitely huge,” said senior middie John Glynn. “We’ve spent a lot of time reviewing the tape from the Syracuse game. We want to correct any and all of the mistakes we made against them.”
Dartmouth, an Ivy rival, is by necessity an important match, regardless of either team’s current record.
After taking six straight wins to open the season, women’s lacrosse has fallen on a losing skid. The team has lost three in a row, the last two to Ancient Eight rivals Princeton and Penn. This weekend, the team heads to Hanover, N.H., for a match against No. 15 Dartmouth.
The Red has fallen in the lacrosse rankings after being rated as high as 14th in the preseason. The team has fallen to 19 in the polls while closer to 27th in the power rankings. The young team has been showing some of its inexperience recently, having a tough time against the nationally ranked teams on its schedule.
The Red (4-12, 2-2 Ivy) will continue its Ivy League schedule with a road trip this weekend. Cornell will face Harvard in two games tomorrow and then will travel to New Hampshire for a doubleheader against Dartmouth on Sunday.
Beginning tomorrow at noon, the Red will take on host Harvard (4-17, 2-2 Ivy). Last season, the Red won the first half of a doubleheader against Harvard on a walk-off single by current senior shortstop Scott Hardinger. The Red lost a 2-1 contest to the Crimson later that day.
Tomorrow, the Red will send sophomore Jadd Schmeltzer to the mound for its first game.
When Cornell traveled to take on Dartmouth, a surprise contender for the Ivy title, on Friday night, some might have expected a repeat of the Red’s 79-76 double overtime thriller win on Feb. 14. But junior Ryan Wittman’s hot shooting night helped to douse the upstart Green’s title hopes and lift Cornell over Dartmouth, 75-57. The loss dropped Dartmouth into a fourth-place tie in the Ancient Eight, but the Green rebounded with a 67-53 win over Columbia on Saturday to pull into a three-way tie for third. Cornell is in first place and has a two-game lead with two left to play in the Ivy League schedule.