M. Soccer Heads to Syracuse for Season Opener

In what men’s soccer head coach Jaro Zawislan deemed “an irony of fate,” the Red will open its 2009 season tomorrow night against his former team and local Cornell rival –– Syracuse.
“It wasn’t planned,” Zawislan said with a laugh. “It was prearranged many years ago that this game was going to be [the] opening game for Cornell men’s soccer, and for Syracuse, the home opener.”
Zawislan spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach for the Orange before taking over as Bryan Scales’ replacement in April. Since then, he has been working to change the culture of the team and learn as much about the players as possible, while simultaneously organizing intense training sessions in order to maintain a competitive environment.


Senior goalie Jake Myers and Red defenders look on in horror as Syracuse’s Cody Jamieson finds the back of the net for the game-winning goal to hand the Orange the national championship and end the Red’s 2009 season.

Syracuse's Comeback for the Ages in National Championship Game Ends Cornell's Season

When freshman midfielder Roy Lang scored to put the men’s lacrosse team up 9-6 with 5:37 left in the NCAA finals, it seemed like things were going too smoothly against defending national champion Orange. It had been a close, hard-fought game, but the Red was getting all the breaks — Syracuse attackman Stephen Keogh’s goal in the fourth quarter was waved off because of a nearly imperceptible crease violation, Cornell was drawing penalties to keep possessions going and the team’s senior goalie Jake Myers was at the top of his game, holding Orange attackmen Kenny Nims and Keogh to just one score in four shots on goal.

Cornell Can't Hang On as Syracuse Mounts Comeback For the Ages

Cornell had the lead from beginning to end until Syracuse senior attackman Kenny Nims scored at the end of a circus play with four seconds remaining in regulation to tie the game at 9. The Red was attempting a clear but the Syracuse ride forced the turnover and several looping passes later, Nims fired a low shot past Cornell senior goalie Jake Myers from point-blank range to force overtime.
Cornell won the face-off in overtime but a quick turnover led to a goal by Syracuse’s Cody Jamieson, who was academically ineligible for most of the season but made a huge impact in his few games with the team. Jamieson’s goal handed Syracuse the 10-9 overtime win.

With Championship on the Line, M. Lax Hopes for Revenge Against Syracuse

The men’s lacrosse team’s 2009 season came full circle when it upset top seed Virginia for a chance to play in the national championship game against No. 2 seed Syracuse. The Red shocked the Cavaliers, 15-6, by playing intelligent team defense and, above all, controlling possession and showing discipline on offense. Those talents, however, weren’t always in the 2009 team’s repertoire — they appeared out of necessity after the Red’s 15-10 loss to the same Orange squad that will take the field on Monday looking for its second consecutive (11th overall) national title.

Rowing Travels, Wins in Away Competitions

All three rowing teams had successful weekends, as the Red was able to overpower its opponents in most events.
The heavyweight crew won the Goes Trophy by trouncing Syracuse and Army on Onondaga Lake in the all-important varsity-8 race. The Red also picked up the Stagg Cup for winning four of the five races held on the lake.
The heavyweights have been dominant in the last two weekends. Saturday marked the first time that the Red had lost a race since the fall season. However, the team will have a much tougher test next weekend as it returns to Ithaca for a head-to-head matchup with Princeton and Yale.

Softball Looks To Down Orange

After sweeping Penn in back-to-back doubleheaders over the weekend, the softball team’s blinders are set on its next games down the road in Syracuse. The Red will face the Orange (19-10, 8-4 Big East) in a doubleheader scheduled for today at 3:30 p.m., at SU Softball Stadium.
Syracuse has won its last three games, the most recent of which came against Canisius on Monday in a doubleheader sweep. In the first contest, sophomore Angie Sagnelli pitched a complete game to improve to 5-1 on the season; the Orange outhit the Golden Griffins, 11-5, and notched seven RBIs –– good for a 9-2 win.

Second-Quarter Lapse Dooms Men’s Lacrosse

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — Even the run-and-gun offense favored by the men’s lacrosse team couldn’t keep up with the Orange’s high-octane scoring unit as No. 5 Syracuse took advantage of 17 Cornell turnovers and a big second quarter to topple the Red, 15-10, in a matchup between two of the most prolific offenses in the country.
Syracuse’s (8-2) defense bounced back from a rough outing against No. 2 Princeton on Saturday and prevented Cornell’s (7-2, 3-0 Ivy) offense from setting up while also thwarting the Red’s quick transition game. The Orange outshot the Red, 48-34, and caused 17 turnovers while only committing 14.

Lightweights Look to Defend Matthews Cup

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.