The loss marked the first home defeat for Cornell since Dec. 7 — the Red had won its previous four games in Ithaca. With Penn’s victory, Cornell slipped into sixth place in the Ivy League standings, with eight games still remaining.
“Just because we are out of playoff contention doesn’t mean that our season is over. We still have a bunch of guys that love and expect to win, and we will continue to fight in each game until the very last pitch is thrown.”
Following a pair of disheartening losses to in-conference opponents, the Cornell men’s basketball team will welcome Princeton and Penn to Newman Arena in order to try to get back on track as the Ivy League season approaches its halfway point. “It was tough,” said junior guard Robert Hatter of last weekend’s games. “We definitely want to come back and make up for it. … We’re just putting it behind us.”
Hatter, who missed the team’s first four Ivy League games due to an ankle injury, returned against Yale and Brown last week and found it difficult to get back in the swing of things.
This week, the Cornell football team finds itself in a position that it has not found itself in since 2013: preparing for a game coming off of a victory. As the Red heads down to the University of Pennsylvania for the season finale, head coach David Archer ’05 faces a tall task in trying to spoil the Quakers’ chances at the Ivy League title. For seniors such as running back Luke Hagy and linebacker JJ Fives, Saturday’s matchup in Philadelphia presents the last opportunity for them to play spoiler in a Cornell (1-8, 1-5 Ivy League) uniform. “It’s unbelievable,” Fives said. “It feels like I just stepped up here my summer going into my freshman year.
The Cornell men’s sprint football team let up 26 points in the first half of last Friday’s game against the University of Pennsylvania, the most it has let up in the first half of a game all season. The Red (2-2-0) outscored the Quakers (3-1-0) in the second half, but it was not enough to overcome Penn’s powerful start.
Junior forward Katy Weeks sent the ball in from outside the circle towards sophomore forward Krysten Mayers, who gathered the ball and sent a nice shot through the legs of the Penn goalkeeper. The goal came early in the second half and knotted the score at one to one. Cornell (4-3-0) (0-1 Ivy) added another goal shortly thereafter to take the lead. However, Penn (6-1-0) (1-0 Ivy) was not finished and was eventually able to tie the game. A tightly contested back and forth match went to overtime, where the Red ultimately lost on a Penn penalty stroke.
“Announce the Princeton score,” fans yelled excitedly.
“Donahue doesn’t want it announced,” came the reply from press row.
But with less than two minutes left, men’s basketball head coach Steve Donahue’s wife decided it was time for him and his team to know what everyone else already did — the Red was mere minutes away from its second straight Ivy title.
“I guess everyone else knew [that Princeton was losing],” Donahue said, laughing. “My wife yelled something at me, and I find out I’m the only guy that didn’t know. I was thinking since I didn’t hear anything, that Princeton had won.”
Over the weekend, the track team teamed up with Penn’s track and field team at Franklin Field in Philadelphia for an international win. The Red represented the red, white and blue, as well as individually: both the men’s and women’s squads scored enough points to win the event on their own.
The biennial event was scored following traditional British scoring, with event winners notching one point for their team.
Of the 16 points scored by the American tag-team in the 16-3 win, 10 were scored by the Red.
Sophomore Adrienne Dannemiller won the 3000-m steeplechase in 9:02.40. The steeplechase is an international event that appears during the Olympics. The event includes 28 hurdle jumps and seven water jumps, which are 3.94 meters long.