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Winter Sports Wrapping Up, Spring Just Beginning
A Look at the Week in Cornell Sports
Allison Lombardi
| March 3, 2014
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A recap of Cornell hockey, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, and softball for the week of 2/24-3/3.

It was a great weekend for Cornell women’s hockey who swept Princeton in the opening round of the ECAC tournament.  At home Friday, the Big Red topped the Tigers 3-2 and Saturday the team skated to a 5-3 win to move on to the semifinals this upcoming weekend at archrival Harvard.  Cornell was down 2-0 at the end of the second period on Friday, but senior Jillian Saulnier broke the drought for Cornell 2 minutes into the third and senior forward Jessica Campbell soon added 2 more for the Big Red’s come from behind win.   Saturday Saulnier had 2 more goals and 2 assists and Campbell added another goal and 2 assists to advance. The women are 6th ranked nationally and seeded 3rd in the ECAC tournament, and will take on a 2nd seed Harvard club it has not beaten yet this season.  It’s a best of 3 series starting Friday at 4PM in Cambridge.  The other semifinal game pits Quinnipiac at Clarkson. 

Men’s hockey split a pair against Dartmouth and Harvard this weekend, losing 1-0 on Friday but coming came back with a 3-2 overtime win at Lynah the following night.  It was the last regular season home game, so after junior Joel Lowry netted the game winner in the extra time, the Lynah Faithful honored seniors Roger Craig, Armand De Swardt, Kirill Gotovets, Dustin Mowrey, Craig Esposito, and Andy Iles for their time on the hill.  The two points means Cornell will be the 4 seed in the ECAC tournament so they have a bye this weekend and will host the quarterfinals against the winner of Princeton vs. Yale starting Friday, March 14th

Turning to the hardwood, the men’s basketball team lost two more this weekend to move their record to a pitiful 2-24 and 1-11 in conference.  Friday at Harvard the Big Red was destroyed 72-47 and Saturday they were downed by Dartmouth, the one D1 team has Cornell has beaten this season, by a final of 87-78.  Harvard is now 11-1 in the Ivy League and will secure the berth to the NCAA tournament, where they actually won a game as a 14 seed last year.  On Saturday Senior Dwight Tarwater scored a career high 23 but the story was the same as it’s been all season, the Big Green shot 50% from the floor and went 12 of 20 from beyond the arc en route to putting up 87 points.  This will be the final weekend for the Big Red, Friday they host Princeton at 7PM and Saturday they will celebrate senior night after playing Penn also with a 7PM tipoff. 

Women’s basketball fell to Harvard at home Friday 70-66, but on senior night defeated Dartmouth 63-50 to move to 14-12 and 6-6 in conference with one weekend to left in the season.  Friday, senior Alyson DiMagno had a 14 point, 10 rebound double double and became the first player in Big Red history to amass 1,200 points and 900 rebounds in a career.  The women’s season closes on the road this weekend; Friday they play at Princeton at 7 and Saturday the team is at Penn at 8PM. 

Cornell men’s lacrosse is 3-0 to start the season after a 15-14 overtime win at University of Michigan this past Saturday.  Matt Donovan scored his fifth goal of the game with 1:41 left in OT to prevent Michigan from pulling the upset on the 16th ranked big red.  Senior attacker Dan Lintner had a hat trick and junior Connor Buczek had 4 points with 2 goals and 2 assists.  Senior Doug Tesoriaro also became Cornell’s career face-off win leader, adding 15 yesterday for a career total of 502.  The next game is tomorrow at Scheollkopf at 4PM vs. Canisus College, and this Saturday will be Cornell’s first big challenge in their difficult schedule; they host Virginia who is 4th in the country with a 6-0 record, actually coming off a win Saturday over 8th ranked Syracuse.  That game is at Scheollkopf at noon.

Women’s lacrosse dropped their first ivy game of the season with a 10-7 loss at Harvard Saturday which evens their record at 1-1.  Cornell had a 6-5 lead at the half with junior captain Lindsay Toppe scoring 3 goals and junior Sarah Hefner netting 2, but the Crimson dominated after the break and only senior Amanda D’Amico was able to get one passed Harvard goalie Kelly Weis.  Cornell’s freshman net minder Renee Poullott had 7 saves.  The Big Red will next take on Colgate in Hamilton this Wednesday at 4PM, and Saturday they host Columbia at 3.

In their opening weekend, the Cornell baseball team went 2-1 in a 3 game series against Navy in Maryland.  The rubber game Sunday resulted in a 4-2 Cornell win in 11 innings.  The tie was broken by back to back doubles from senior Chris Cruz and junior Matt Hall to start to the 11th.  Hall finished 5 of 12 on the weekend, as did junior centerfielder JD Whetsel.  Junior Brent Jones threw 6 shutout innings as the game 2 starter, and sophomore Michael Byrne did likewise in relief in game 3.  This weekend the Big Red will travel south again for 4 games at George Washington University.

The softball team opened with 2 wins over George Mason and 2 losses to Army in Virginia. The pitching was lacking over the first series which largely contributed to the two big losses, one of which was ended after 5 innings because of the mercy rule.  As a team Cornell allowed 22 earned runs on the weekend for a team ERA of 6.7. Sophomore catcher Leanne Iannucci homered for the sole run in the 10-1 mercy rule loss, and senior Christina Villalon went 6 of 11 over the 4 games.  This weekend they return to George Mason for 2 more contests against the Patriots and 2 against Monmouth.  

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