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.
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.
On Saturday evening, the Cornell men’s polo team took on the Skidmore Thoroughbreds at the Oxley Equestrian Center. In its first game since its two-month winter respite, the Red looked anything but rusty. The men racked up a dominating 26 points more than their opponents, while allowing only one goal, en route to a 27-1 victory. With the win, Cornell moves to 8-2 for the season.
The equestrian team was hitting on all cylinders this past weekend, as it beat rival Skidmore to claim victory in the latter portion of Morrisville’s two-day show. The Red started the weekend by scoring 34 points on Saturday, which put the team in third place behind Skidmore (46) and Morrisville (39). However, the riders came back in dominating fashion on Sunday to beat their rivals to the east by five points and secure their first win of the season.
“We had a wonderful day,” said head coach Chris Mitchell, “Everybody rode so well, it was just a good day all-around.”