Update: Tickets for the quarterfinal matchup between Princeton and Cornell are available through Hofstra’s athletics site: http://tinyurl.com/rygv7e
Attackman Rob Pannell justified his new Ivy League Rookie of the Year trophy – awarded on Wednesday by the league office – with a five-point performance to boost the Red over visiting Hofstra, 11-8, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. With the win, Cornell moves on to a rematch with fourth-seeded Princeton, a 10-7 victor over UMass on Sunday. The game will be played at Hofstra on Saturday at 3 p.m. Cornell beat Princeton, 10-7, on April 18 at home in the team’s biggest win of the season. The Tigers were ranked No. 1 in the country when they lost to the Red.
The women’s lacrosse team continued its undefeated streak against its first nationally-ranked opponent on Saturday. No. 20 Hofstra fell, 13-10, to the Red in a highly offensive battle. However, the Red pulled through with better defense and superb goaltending by junior goaltender Kristen Reese.
“Our defense really backed us up during the first half and really helped us stay in the game as things wore on,” freshman attack Jessi Steinberg said.
The team’s undefeated streak continues to boost the confidence of the young team that entered this season wondering how the loss of a large graduating class would affect their performance. This young team will need to mature in a hurry if they want to compete for the top spot in the Ancient Eight.
The wrestling team made it very clear why it is ranked third in the nation. The Red dominated opponents in both halves of a doubleheader yesterday. Cornell wrestlers won 16 of 20 total matches as they prevailed against Columbia and Hofstra.
“I really think we wrestled very well,” said junior Troy Nickerson. “It was definitely the best we’ve wrestled in the last month or so.”
The Red opened its Ivy League season at Columbia. The meet began with Nickerson at 125 pounds. Nickerson, who is ranked No. 2 in the nation, quickly took down his opponent and won by fall. The pin was a sign of things to come for the Red.[img_assist|nid=34872|title=No Meagher effort|desc=Sophomore D.J. Meagher won both of his matches yesterday.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
Almost every team, no matter what the sport, will inevitably go through a series of peaks and valleys, sometimes emotional, sometimes physical, and sometimes both. The wresting team experienced what can only be described as a valley in its season over the past couple of weeks, following a mediocre performance three weeks ago against Eastern Michigan and then a 16-14 loss to Missouri two weeks ago. But following last weekend’s dominating 32-7 win over Tennessee-Chattanooga, it seems the Red may have left that valley for good.
This Sunday the team travels to Columbia or its 12 p.m. kick off to the Ivy season against the 1-2 Lions, and then will get right back on its bus and drive to Hofstra in Hempstead, N.Y for a 5 p.m. contest against the 3-1 Pride.