In a world outside Cornell prelims, 80 percent is a pretty good showing, and the Cornell men’s and women’s polo teams now sport identical 4-1 records after winning their respective games this past weekend. The women handed the University of Connecticut (4-1) its first loss of the season, doubling up 22-11 in Ithaca on Friday. The men defeated UConn (2-3), 28-13, at home on Saturday and Skidmore Polo Club, 21-14, in Saratoga Springs on Sunday. Friday’s game was unusual for the women in that they had faced UConn in Storrs only five days earlier. Senior captain Anna Winslow said she believes being familiar with their rival’s game was an advantage coming in.
Cornell polo head coach David Eldredge guided his riders to mixed results this weekend but sees good signs in his team’s play. “I am quite happy with where they are,” Eldredge said of his women’s team, continuing that the men “[Will] be just fine.”
In the Red polo action last weekend, the Cornell women (3-1) walked away with two victories on the road, winning ,13-7, against Virginia Polo Club on Friday and 20-9 against UConn Polo Club on Sunday. The Cornell men suffered a road loss, dropping a close 13-12 match to Virginia on Friday. Coming off a loss the weekend before, the women worked on their game in preparation for the two teams who senior rider Anna Winslow called Cornell’s biggest rivals. “We were pushed a lot harder in practice,” she said.
After consecutive wins against Skidmore College last season, the Cornell women’s polo team is positioned to do well in its upcoming match against the Thoroughbreds next week. The match will be played in Saratoga Springs, New York. Although Skidmore will have a home field advantage against the Red, the women are looking forward to showing the Thoroughbreds their abilities on the field. Most of last year’s matches, both at Cornell and in Saratoga Springs, ended with Cornell in the lead by at least 20 points. The Red is optimistic that it will have success again during this season’s matches.
To be a winner, one must do the best he or she can. Although winners, the men’s and women’s polo team was unable to come away with the championship they have dreamed of since October. The duration of a polo campaign rivals the length of any college sport’s season. From October 4 through April 11, the Red ran the gamut of emotions over the course of the schedule. While the men’s squad experienced a roller coaster of rises and falls, the women’s team simply rode the wave of success until its meeting with Virginia in the title game. With all the marbles on the line, the Red came up only several trots short.
The men’s and women’s polo teams both found success over the break, with the men beating Yale and UConn to qualify for Nationals, while the No.1 women disposed of UMass and UConn en route to a 20-0 season record and their own Nationals bid.[img_assist|nid=36185|title=Once a winner, always a winner|desc=A Cornell rider beats out an opponent during Cornell’s 17-8 victory over the Huskies on Nov. 8, 2008. The women faced UConn again in the Eastern Regional finals March 13, winning by forfeit and advancing to Nationals.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
With Sunday’s scheduled match against UConn postponed, the men’s polo team could focus solely on its intriguing showdown with Kentucky on Friday. Cornell beat Kentucky 22-11, after taking a 14-4 lead in the first half. The women also won their match against the Wildcats, 33-5, completing the sweep Saturday night at the Oxley Equestrian Center.[img_assist|nid=33729|title=Get your gallop on|desc=Junior Emily Bold (1) fights an opponent from UConn for the ball during the Red’s 17-8 win on Nov. 8 at the Oxley Equestrian Center.|link=node|align=left|width=|height=0]
The Wildcats come from polo country, but their style of play is more adept to an outdoor venue.
While back-to-back games in one weekend are no easy task for any coach to prepare for, the concept of two games in three days is certainly doable. Now add one, and then another, and then one more: five games over 48 hours is enough to send most coaches to an early shower. Polo head coach David Eldredge, ’81, however, is no stranger to a stressful weekend. The men’s side, which claimed a 3-1 record going into the weekend, played UConn at the Oxley Equestrian Center in Ithaca on Friday night before traveling to New Haven, Conn. Saturday evening to face the Yale Bulldogs. After playing Friday night at Yale and at home Saturday night vs.
How can thoroughbreds find themselves on the losing end of a game featuring horses? Easily, when the horses in question are the Thoroughbreds of Skidmore College, who had the misfortune of facing a dominant men’s polo team on Saturday evening in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Senior Rich Weidel capitalized on his best game of the season to propel the visiting Red to an impressive victory, while senior Tim Scott and sophomore Max Constant also played key roles in the squad’s third win of the young season. [img_assist|nid=33270|title=Ride on|desc=Sophomore Max Constant lines up a hit during the Red’s win against Harvard on Oct. 24.
The men’s and women’s polo teams had a successful weekend at the ring with decisive wins on the road and an exciting main event draw at home for the women against two-time Interscholastic High School Champion Maryland Polo Club. The men’s team began the weekend’s polo matches with a bang in a 28-8 thrashing of the Thoroughbreds at Skidmore Friday night.
Saddle up, lock and load. The Oxley Equestrian Center was the place to be this past Friday and Saturday, as both the men’s and women’s polo teams started their 2006-07 campaigns on good notes. The men won their game 19-15 in come-from-behind fashion while the women dominated their Saturday game by a score of 26-7.