Cornell men's lacrosse is 1-0 after a 12-8 win over Hobart, and the women opened 2014 with a 17-9 slaughtering of Temple.
It’s still technically winter but Ivy lacrosse started this weekend, and both the Cornell men and women opened the season with a home win. The men picked up a come from behind, 12-8 victory over Hobart and the women dominated visiting Temple 17-9.
It will be an interesting season for the men’s team; they finished as the national runner up in 2013, but this fall they were part of a hazing scandal that resulted in the firing of Coach Ben DeLuca and the cancelling of all preseason scrimmages. Last year’s assistant Matt Kerwick will be at the helm of a Big Red squad that returns 16 players, including 3 preseason all Americans in junior Connor Bucsek, and seniors Doug Tesoriaro, and Tom Freshour. Tesoriaro is off to a great start after game 1; he won 20 of 24 face offs and collected a team high 14 ground balls to go with 2 assists.
Cornell was tabbed 16th in preseason polls and they have a great schedule full of big time competition. They host Virginia on March 8th who is 7th in the county right now and 4-0 to start the season, and the Big Red will host Syracuse on April 8th who is preseason number 1 in the USILA poll. Their next game is at Binghamton tomorrow and this Saturday Cornell is at University of Michigan.
The women’s team had a disappointing finish last year, ending up 10-6 and missing out on the NCAA tournament. They return most of their scoring and and are aided by a class of athletic freshman that coach Graap expects to contribute.
Junior captain Lindsay Toppe was the high scorer last season with 47 goals and 59 points, and both she and freshman Catherine Ellis finished with 4 goals in game 1. Coach Graap says Ellis reminds her of Caroline Salisbury, last season’s senior captain who was second on the team in scoring. The 9 women in this freshman class can hopefully more than replace what was lost to graduation, and help the Big Red make it to the NCAA tournament, which is a team goal. Sophomore Emily Tripodi notched 5 assists yesterday, apparently out to break the Cornell single season assist record she shattered as a freshman with 36.
The Big Red has a tough schedule, playing 7 games against teams that finished in the top 20 last year, 5 of whom are ranked to start the 2014 season. The next game is at Harvard Saturday at 1.
Originally Aired: Monday, February 24, 2014. This is a part of the 93-Second Sports Shot series. 93-Second Sports Shots air weekday evenings at 6pm.