Both the men’s and women’s track teams have been sleeping with the enemy this past week, metaphorically speaking. Cornell has been hosting the Oxford and Cambridge squads since Tuesday as they get set to compete in the traditional biennial Cornell-Penn vs. Oxford-Cambridge meet this weekend in Philadelphia. Those on the Red’s squad who do not make the trip to Franklin Field will travel this weekend to Cortland to compete in the Cortland Invitational.
For over a century, the Cornell track team has united with its counterpart at Penn to compete against the two British universities. The meet will be scored according to traditional British rules in which each event title will be worth one point. There are 19 total points that can be accumulated.
After surrendering two game-winning walk-off home runs to Harvard and 27 runs to Dartmouth last weekend, Cornell strongly needs an ego boost within the Ivy League. This weekend should provide just the tonic the doctor ordered as the Red hosts the winless Quakers. The two teams will play a two-day four-game series beginning tomorrow at Hoy Field.
The softball team hopes to remain perfect at home when it takes on Ivy League South Division rival Penn in back-to-back doubleheaders this weekend. After inclement weather forced the postponement of the Red’s (27-7, 6-2 Ivy) twin bill against St. Bonaventure University on Wednesday, Cornell has had a weeklong respite from competition. With that in mind, the team looks to head into play against the 9-20-1 (4-4 Ivy) Quakers feeling refreshed.
Penn, on the other hand, last saw action on Wednesday afternoon, dropping both ends of a doubleheader against non-conference foe Temple; the Owls outscored the Quakers by a combined 14-3 in a one-sided slugfest. Penn’s offense was led by sophomore Alisha Prystowsky and junior Susan Miller, each of whom homered to drive in the Quaker runs.
The Cornell track and field teams will see action tomorrow in the Quaker Invitational at the University of Pennsylvania. The meet comes on the heels of a weeklong training trip to Irvine, Calif., which concluded with the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational.
The Red’s intense practice schedule will help the team perform at its peak later in the season, but it has left many sore and fatigued.
“At Irvine, it’s usually just a long week of training,” said junior thrower Scott Jaffee. “We have two-a-days there and we train pretty hard, so we’re pretty tired by the end.”
Two teams of Cornell rowers will say goodbye to the familiar Cayuga Inlet after successful outings on the lake last weekend. The women will make the short trip to Syracuse today to compete in this evening’s races, while the lightweight men head to Penn to row in the Matthew’s Cup tomorrow. In the meantime, the men of the heavyweight crews will keep an eye on the Red’s John Collyer Boat House as they stay behind to train for the George Washington Invitational in Washington, D.C., on April 10.
The women, who were originally scheduled for Saturday engagements against Syracuse and Yale, were forced to change gears last minute when the race was moved back to tonight due to weather forecasts calling for unfavorable conditions in the area this weekend.
Junior attackman Ryan Hurley scored five goals and led the banged-up Red offense to a big day against Penn’s leaky defense in a 21-11 win over the Quakers. Cornell showed off its depth in overcoming injuries to senior All-American midfielder John Glynn, senior midfielder Tommy Schmicker and sophomore defenseman Max Feely that kept them out of the game; senior defenseman Matt Moyer also played through a leg injury.
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Senior Evan Barlow continued his late-season hot streak and scored the game-winner to lift Cornell to a 3-2 comeback win over Northeastern. The Red advances to play in the finals of the NCAA Midwest Regional at 8 p.m. ET on Sunday against the winner of Notre Dame-Bemidji St.
There are wins, and there are big wins, the kind of wins that give teams a real sense of pride and a jolt of adrenaline that, under the right circumstances, can stay with a team for a long time. The men’s lacrosse team will face Penn at home this Saturday, with the remnants of that fresh adrenaline still coursing through its veins. The No. 3 Red (5-1, 1-0 Ivy) are coming off a big weekend, following a strong win against top-10 rival Duke, 10-6, followed up by a 15-8 victory over Yale to kick off Ivy League play.
The women’s lacrosse team (5-2, 1-1 Ivy) broke its early season winning steak over Spring Break. While on the road for most of the break the Red dropped two of its three matches, beating Columbia before losing to Loyola and Penn.
“We lost two in a row and in similar fashion … but the teams were definitely different. Penn was supremely talented all over the field, and Ivy League is always a big focus for us,” said head coach Jenny Graap ’86. “It hurt that we weren’t playing more strongly.”
“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.[img_assist|nid=35926|title=Victory!|desc=The men’s basketball team celebrates its second-straight Ivy League Championship by cutting the net.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]