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Monday, 12 April 2010

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Our Horses Are Pretty Good, Too Print E-mail
Monday, 05 April 2010

As if the successes of the basketball, hockey, and wrestling teams were not enough . . .

The Big Red men's and women's polo teams are heading into the USPA Nationals this week, hoping to cap off their fine seasons with championships. The women (16-1) tuned up by defeating the Baltimore Polo Club 17-14 on Friday, April 2. On the day before, the men (14-4) had downed Georgetown 14-12.

Cornell Victorious Print E-mail
Monday, 22 March 2010

Another weekend like this, and the NCAA may launch an investigation of Cornell athletics:

Not content with an Ivy League title and a first-round victory over Temple in the NCAA tournament, the men's basketball team pounded Wisconsin 87-69 to advance to the Sweet Sixteen and a game against the University of Kentucky this Thursday night at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse. Even the New York Times and Washington Post exulted in their victory—and a sportswriter is touting Cornell as one team in an "all surprise" Final Four.

The men's hockey team defeated Brown 3-0 in the ECAC tournament semifinal and then repeated that performance with a 3-0 triumph over Union College on Saturday, to win their 12th ECAC title. They move on to the NCAA tournament, where they will face the University of New Hampshire on Friday night in Albany.

The wrestling team finished No. 2 in the nation at the NCAA tournament, with Kyle Dake winning the national championship at 141 pounds and three other Big Red wrestlers joining him as All-Americans. The team's second-place finish was their best ever in the national tournament.

The women's hockey team stunned Mercyhurst — ranked No. 1 and sporting a 30-2-3 record — in the NCAA tournament semifinal, winning 3-2 in overtime to advance to the championship game against the University of Minnesota-Duluth. The contest went three overtimes before a redirected shot finally won it for UMD. If there was a down moment in this weekend, it was seeing the Big Red women standing on the ice with tears streaming down their faces — but they should hold their heads high for the way they played all year.

And that's without mentioning fencing or polo.

Let's Go Red!

Triumph and Tragedy Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 March 2010

While any large institution has its share of ups and downs, the contrast has been especially stark at Cornell in the past month. The athletic teams have had unprecedented success: Women's hockey has won the Ivy League and ECAC championships and is making its first trip to the Frozen Four. The men's hockey team finished second (by one point) in the ECAC regular season, swept Harvard in the quarterfinals of the ECAC tournament, and is on its way to Albany to play for the league title and a guaranteed trip to the NCAA tournament. The men's basketball team won its third straight Ivy title and will play Temple in the NCAA tournament on Friday. The wrestling team — ranked No. 3 nationally — won its eight straight Ivy title, fourth straight EIWA title, and is sending eight wrestlers to the national tournament. And there have been many academic and administrative accomplishments as well, all reported on the Cornell Chronicle website, including the appointment of Deputy Provost David Harris as deputy assistant secretary for human services policy in the Obama Administration.

At the same time, this past month has seen three unfortunate student deaths, leading to a rash of similar articles in local, regional, and national media — some of which have unfairly tagged Cornell as a "suicide school," despite considerable evidence that suicides do not happen at Cornell any more often than they do at other colleges and universities. A few of the stories have been wildly sensationalistic (and error-filled); others, including a front-page article in the New York Times and a report on NPR, have been more balanced, but still tend to give the impression that being a student at Cornell is somehow more difficult and precarious than it is at other rigorous schools. (The Daily Sun's "Sunshine" blog has done a good job of cataloging these articles.)

On Wednesday, more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff gathered on the Arts Quad to express their sorrow at the deaths and their support for each other. It was a beautiful, sunny day, unusually warm for March in Ithaca. Let's hope that was an omen for the days to come.

Women's Hockey Advances to Frozen Four Print E-mail
Monday, 22 February 2010

For the first time, the Cornell women's hockey team has claimed the championships of the Ivy League, the ECAC Hockey regular season, and the ECAC Hockey tournament. They won the Ivy title — their first outright Ivy championship since 1996 — on February 12 with a 4-0 victory over Brown. A week later, they captured their first-ever ECAC season title by defeating Union 6-1.That win boosted their record to 15-8-6 overall and 14-2-6 in the ECAC.

Goalie Amanda Mazzotta has been outstanding all season, posting ten shutouts and being named ECAC Hockey Goaltender of the Week three times.

In the ECAC Hockey tournament, the Big Red women swept Colgate in the best-of-three first round series and then defeated RPI to reach the championship game. Two third-period goals by Clarkson sent the contest to overtime, where a goal by sophomore Kendice Ogilvie at the 7:52 mark won the game 4-3 for Cornell. Ogilvie was named the tournament's most outstanding player.

In the NCAA tournament, Cornell (20-8-6) defeated Harvard 6-2 in the first round to advance to the Frozen Four, where they will face top-seeded Mercyhurst (30-2-3) in the semifinal at Ridder Arena in Minneapolis on Friday night.

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