Dana Daniels/ Sun Staff Photographer#32 Maddie Kiep vs [email protected] Schoelkopf W 7-6Saturday February 20, 2016
The Cornell women’s lacrosse was officially recoginized by the University as a varsity sport in 1972. They are currently coached by Jenny Graap ’86, who has led the team to one Ivy League Title, one NCAA Final Four appearance and has coached 80 all-ivy selections.
On Sunday, the Red earned a victory over rival No. 12 Penn to win the tournament and bring the Ivy League Tournament trophy to Ithaca for the first time in Cornell Athletics history. On Friday, the Red defeated Princeton in overtime to advance to the championship game.
It was a closely contested game, and several times it appeared as though the Red would finally take the lead. However, on Saturday the No. 18 Cornell women’s lacrosse team (11-4, 5-2 Ivy) dropped its last game of the regular season in a heartbreaking 10-6 loss to No. 14 University of Pennsylvania (12-3, 6-1 Ivy). With the win, Penn claimed a share of the regular season Ivy League title with Princeton as well as a top seeding and hosting rights for the Ivy League tournament.
Fourteen games into the season and the Red is rolling through what could be one of the greatest seasons in recent memory for the program. The Red won eight straight games to start the season and set the record for the best start to a season in history;, now through 14 games the women have lost only three games. Lead by an outstanding senior class headed by senior co-captains Brittany Marriott and Emily Tripodi, the Red has been able to achieve at a high level all spring, and could be poised to achieve the team’s eventual goal of an Ivy League championship.
The Cornell women’s lacrosse team has undoubtedly had a very successful season, only losing to high-caliber, top-15 teams in Maryland, Syracuse and Princeton. The team has already surpassed its win total from last season and improved its win percentage from .562 to .786, so anything more this year is icing on the cake. But with an Ivy League title at play, the No. 18 Red (11-3, 5-1 Ivy) must defeat No. 14 Penn (11-3, 5-1) on their senior day for a chance to share the title with the Tigers.
This Saturday, Cornell women’s lacrosse (11-3, 5-1 Ivy) traveled to Cambridge and earned another Ivy League win, remaining in contention for the regular season Ivy title. The Red dominated Harvard (7-6, 3-3 Ivy) in both halves to earn an 11-3 victory.
The Cornell women’s lacrosse team (10-2, 4-1 Ivy) lost its second game of the season this past Saturday to Princeton (9-3, 4-0 Ivy). Princeton is now the only remaining undefeated team in conference play. The game, which never had more than a two-goal difference, was a hard-fought contest for the Red on the Tigers’ home turf. Going into the game, Cornell knew it would be a close; the Red was ranked for one of the first times all season at No. 20 (18 currently), and the No.
Just over a week ago, the Red lost to No. 1 Maryland, but the women managed to bounce back from that matchup to beat Ivy foe Dartmouth, and this Wednesday the Red traveled to University Park, PA, to face, and defeat, No. 10/12 Penn State, 10-7.
The Cornell women’s lacrosse team continued its impressive season, avenging its loss to Dartmouth last year, winning 12-5 on Saturday. The Red now sits at 9-1 on the season including 4-0 in the Ivy League.
The women’s lacrosse team faced off against three different opponents on the road: Brown, Binghamton and the defending national champions, Maryland. The Red managed to continue its winning streak against its first two opponents, but was unable to topple Maryland, the current top-ranked team in the nation.