Following up on the consistent momentum that they have been building over the past couple of years, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will open their seasons today against Army by hosting a head-to-head race at the Ithaca Moakley Course. With strong performances in last year’s Ivy League Heps Championships and some successful individual NCAA qualifiers, the runners are aiming to recapture the Heps title in 2009.
Nevertheless, the Red will be without some of their top runners, including junior Adrien Dannemiller, who is taking a semester abroad in Switzerland, and senior Peter Loy who is out of commission with a knee injury. However, the runners are optimistic about their 2009 campaign regardless of the obstacles that they will be facing.
The fall tennis season begins today, with the Red taking on a mixed field of Ivy foes and local contenders. The men will play host to the Cornell Fall Invitational at Reis Tennis Center today through Sunday.
The men’s team is returning to the court after a breakout season with now second-year head coach David Geatz, who led the Red to a second place finish in the Ivy League. The team dropped only two matches last year against the Ancient Eight, both of which went down 4-3. The Red graduated five seniors, and has brought on five freshmen to fill the empty spots. This season may be harder for the Red, after losing a few players who, according to junior Jeremy Feldman, were the “heart and soul of the team.”
M. Basketball Names Tri-Captains
Three seniors will step up to share the captain title for the men’s basketball team in 2009-10, head coach Steve Donahue announced on Tuesday: center Jeff Foote and forwards Alex Tyler and Jon Jacques, who serves on the Sun’s editorial writing board. Foote and Tyler are two of the five returning starters from last year, and Jacques has been a vocal leader on the team and played in 13 games last season.
Foote is the reigning Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year after posting 7.2 rebounds per game and 2.1 blocks per game, both Ivy League-leading figures. He also bulked up in offseason while playing in the Howard Pulley Summer Pro League in St. Paul, Minn. — up to 265 from 245.
Berman Field — the sight of so many tragic losses last fall — will soon see some excitement again, as the reinvigorated men’s soccer team returns for its 2009 home opener this weekend. Cornell will travel to Buffalo for tonight’s faceoff with Canisius, then the Red will host St. Bonaventure two days later at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Though Cornell (1-1-0 Ivy) dropped its season opener last Saturday, 2-1, to first year head coach Jaro Zawislan’s former team, Syracuse, it was a well-fought match that the Orange came from behind to win, and the Red rebounded with a 1-0 victory at Hartwick on Monday. St. Bonaventure (1-2-0 Atlantic 10) also dropped its season opener, falling hard at Cleveland St. last week, 3-0.
With last week’s tough season-opening tournament out of the way and under its belt, the volleyball team will be looking to pick up its first win — or wins — of the season this weekend at the Binghamton Invitational. The Red will face Farleigh Dickinson this afternoon, with two matches against Towson and Binghamton tomorrow morning and evening. The tournament will take place just down the hill in Vestal, N.Y.
“This weekend being at Binghamton gives us another opportunity to see some competition,” said head coach Sarah Bernson in an interview with the university. “[We will] see where we’ve improved upon from last week and continue to give us benchmarks for our own development as a team.”
Cornell field hockey continues to keep the ball rolling in the right direction as the Red stayed perfect on the season after shutting out Siena, 4-0, yesterday afternoon.
Saints (1-3) goalkeeper Renee Clavette registered 22 saves, but could not hold off the persistent Red (3-0) attack. In the course of 70 minutes, Cornell pounded the net with 43 shots to Siena’s one.
We all had a lot of expectations when we came to Cornell — of the school, of the experience and of ourselves. As incoming freshmen, we were all excited to explore the possibilities of college life, but at the same time nervous and unsure of how it would really pan out. Many probably panicked over whom they would sit next to in the dining hall for their first meal, whether they would like their roommate or not or when they would make new friends. But when I arrived on campus, 16 best friends were here to greet me. They were all girls who I had talked to frequently over the summer, who had answered all my questions and who shared a love for my favorite game. This is my team, and yours — Cornell volleyball. The affability of the group was apparent long before I stepped on campus.
After starting its season with a tie and a loss, the women’s soccer team will split its time this weekend: traveling to Lehigh on Friday before returning to face Manhattan College at home on Sunday.
“We feel pretty confident coming into the weekend and think we can come away with a few wins,” said junior forward Lena Russomagno. “A lot of us are frustrated after some of the results last weekend and we are just looking to beat some teams and end on a good note.”
The Mountain Hawks (1-1-0) started their season with a 3-1 victory over Nebraska, followed by a 1-0 loss to Virginia Tech.
“I think Lehigh is definitely beatable for us,” said sophomore defender Sam Wright.
Men’s soccer head coach Jaro Zawislan’s return to his old stomping ground of Syracuse may not have unfolded exactly as planned, but there was a silver lining to the long weekend, as the Red (1-1) picked up its first win of the season against Hartwick (1-1-1), and the first of Zawislan’s tenure as coach. A late-game penalty kick gave Syracuse (1-2) the advantage in Saturday night’s matchup, but Cornell would rebound in commanding fashion on Monday night –– shutting out Hartwick by a score of 1-0. In doing so, the Red equaled its win total from last season and snapped an 11-game losing streak dating back to Sept. 21, 2008.
The Red (2-0) has flown out of the gates this season with victories against Georegtown and Davidson over the weekend –– raring to prove that they are not a second-place team. The team was led by senior attacker Kelley Kantarian, who was named the Co-Ivy League Player of the week. Kantarian had three goals on six shots in addition to an assist over the course of the weekend series.