Madison Square Garden is an intimidating venue for an athlete, no matter his or her skill level. The Cornell wrestling team traveled down to the Garden this past weekend to compete in the annual Grapple at the Garden, where it dropped two matches to No. 5 Nebraska and No. 14 Rutgers, a day after the Cornell men’s ice hockey team went up against Boston University at the same venue. “For the most part, we wrestled tough and a lot of the younger guys got some experience, especially wrestling in front of such a huge crowd and a big arena,” junior and former All-American Brian Realbuto said.
After an impressive comeback in the second half and a fierce battle for the win that stretched into a fourth overtime, the women’s lacrosse team ultimately prevailed over Rutgers on Saturday, clinching an 8-7 victory after nearly 70 minutes of play.
“It was a complete team win and everybody pulled together to come back. We played like a team to pull it off,” said freshman midfielder Katie Kirk.
The Scarlet Knights (1-1) took the lead early in the game, starting off with a string of four goals in the first 15 minutes of play, three coming in the first five minutes. Rutgers player Brooke Cantwell scored two unassisted goals, and her teammate Nina Frankoski netted the other two.
After a successful season opener against Colgate on Wednesday, the women’s lacrosse team will remain on its home turf to host Rutgers tomorrow.
“We were all really excited to get our first win and get the first-game jitters out of the way before our second bigger game,” said freshman midfielder Shannon McHugh.
Rutgers (1-0) played its own first game of the season this week as well, defeating Temple, 16-9, on Wednesday. Last time Cornell (1-0) came up against the Scarlet Knights, the Red won, 10-6. Cornell leads the overall series against Rutgers 11-1-0.
“We know that Rutgers is going to be very athletic. They’re quick and they had a really nice win yesterday against Temple,” said assistant coach Suzie Friedrich.