Saturday, April 26, 2014
Ithaca, NY - In the regular season finale for both teams, the No. 15 Quakers built a 10-4 lead and held on for a 10-8 victory over the Big Red Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.

The win gives Penn (10-4, 6-1 Ivy) a share of its eighth straight Ivy League title, which is a new Ivy League record.

Cornell (7-8, 4-3 Ivy) was led by Lindsay Toppe's three goals and one assist, while Tory Benson and Nina Corcoran combined for six goals and four assists to pace the Quakers.

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The Big Red jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the game's opening minutes on two goals by Toppe and one by Chelsea Rowe. Penn responded with a 7-0 run before Toppe notched a hat trick with 16 seconds left in the first half to make it a four-goal deficit at the break.

Penn extended the lead to 10-4 with two straight to open the second stanza. The Red mounted a four-goal run on scores from Rachel Moody, Shelby McNeilly, Rowe and Amanda D'Amico, but could come no closer.

Cornell honored its five seniors - D'Amico, Moody, Rowe, Jessie Smith and Cat Thomas - before the contest.

Princeton holds the top spot in the Ivy League tournament and will host Cornell in the semis next weekend. The Red fell to the Tigers 10-7 in overtime in their regular season meeting at Princeton. Penn will take on Harvard in the other semifinal, also in Princeton.

CLICK HERE for a complete recap of the game at CornellBigRed.com.

Saturday, April 19, 2014
Ithaca, NY - Cornell goalie Carly Gniewek stopped seven shots and five different players combined for eight goals as the Big Red toppled the Yale Bulldogs 8-7 to clinch an Ivy League playoff spot.

Wearing pink jerseys for its annual 'Pink Game' to raise funds for the Cancer Resource Center of the Finger Lakes, the Big Red (7-7, 4-2 Ivy) trailed 4-3 at halftime, but a three-goal run in the opening minutes of the second half gave Cornell a 6-4 cushion.

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Yale (8-6, 2-4 Ivy) would rally to tie it at 6-6 midway through the second stanza, but the Red scored two straight in response and held off the Bulldogs the rest of the way. With 25 seconds left in regulation, Carly Gniewek made a save off a free position shot to preserve the one-goal advantage.

Erin Magnuson recorded a game-high four points (3 goals, 1 assist) to pace the Bulldogs, while Lindsay Toppe, Chelsea Rowe and Emily Tripodi chipped in two goals each to lead the Red. Catherine Ellis and Sarah Hefner rounded out the scoring for Cornell.

Cornell has now won three straight Ivy League games. Its two losses in conference play came against Harvard and Princeton, both of which also clinched Ivy League playoff berths with Saturday afternoon victories. Penn - the final tournament participant - will take on Cornell next Saturday to end the regular season.

CLICK HERE for an official recap of the game at CornellBigRed.com.

The season finale against Penn on April 26th will be the final home games in the careers of Rachel Moody, Amanda D'Amico, Jessie Smith, Cat Thomas and Chelsea Rowe. Pregame coverage will begin at 12:45, with the opening draw at 1:00 on RLM Sports and the Ivy League Digital Network.
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Ithaca, NY - Three times, Cornell pulled within one goal of top-ranked Syracuse in the second half. But on all three occasions, the Orange (14-1, 5-1 ACC) would answer, ultimately escaping Ithaca with a 7-5 victory over the Big Red (6-7, 3-2 Ivy) during a snowy Tuesday night.

Kayla Treanor's two goals and scores from Gabby Jaquith and Alyssa Murray gave Syracuse a 4-0 lead at halftime. Out of the break, Lindsay Toppe racked up a natural hat trick - including two free-position scores - to make it a 4-3 contest.

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Treanor collected a hat trick of her own on the next goal, coming at 16:40 of the second.

Rachel Moody then traded goals with Murray and Katie Webster for the 7-5 final.

Webster finished with a game-high four points (one goal, three assists) for Syracuse while the Red were led by Toppe's three scores.

Cornell goalie Carly Gniewek stopped seven of 14 Orange shots, while Syracuse's Alyssa Costantino stopped four of Cornell's nine opportunities.

CLICK HERE for a complete recap of the game at CornellBigRed.com.

The Red will host Yale on Saturday before ending the season in Ithaca against No. 10 Penn the following weekend. A win over the Bulldogs would give Cornell the inside track to an Ancient Eight playoff berth.

RLM Sports and Ivy League Digital Network coverage of Saturday's game will begin at 2:45, with the opening draw at 3:00.


Saturday, April 5, 2014
By Faith Enenbach

Ithaca, NY - In a game with plenty of Ivy League playoff implications, the Big Red got a career-high six goals from freshman Catherine Ellis and defeated the Dartmouth Big Green 11-10 in double overtime Saturday afternoon at Schoellkopf Field.

Ellis notched the first goal of the game for the Big Red seven and a half minutes into regulation, putting Cornell (5-5, 2-2 Ivy League) up 1-0 before momentum shifted in favor of the Big Green. Dartmouth (5-5, 2-2 Ivy League) responded to the early goal by scoring five in a row, three of which came in less than 90 seconds of play.

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With her team down by five with two minutes left in the half, Ellis turned her one-goal effort into a hat trick, scoring two quick unassisted goals to cut the deficit to 5-3. Chelsea Rowe added a score of her own for the Big Red eleven seconds before the break, making it 5-4 Dartmouth at halftime.

Cornell tied up the game at five two minutes into the second half on a goal by Lindsay Toppe, but after that the Big Red and Big Green kept trading goals as each team looked to gain the advantage.  Jaclyn Leto knocked in a pair for Dartmouth, while Ellis added two more goals to tie the game at seven apiece. Sarah Byrne tallied a go-ahead goal for the Big Green with just four minutes remaining in regulation, but her team was unable to hold off the Big Red’s offense as Ellis scored yet again one minute later to tie things up at eight and send the game to overtime.

Thirty seconds into the extra session, Rachel Moody sent an unassisted shot past Big Green goalie Kristen Giovanniello to give Cornell a 9-8 advantage. Moody followed that up with another marker one minute into the second segment of overtime to provide the home team a two-goal cushion.

However, the Big Green were not about to go down without a fight as Leto came through with her fourth and fifth goals of the afternoon, tying the game at ten and forcing sudden death overtime. With the game on the line, Toppe fired an unassisted shot past Giovanniello with 1:17 left in double overtime to snap Cornell's four-game losing streak.

Ellis’s six goals paced Cornell’s offense, marking the first time this season that a Big Red has reached that total. Leto led Dartmouth’s scoring with five tallies, while Byrne collected three.

Both Giovanniello and Big Red netminder Rene Poullott made eight saves on the afternoon.

The win breaks Cornell's seven-game losing streak against Dartmouth, giving the Big Red its first win in the series since 2008 and its fourth victory since 1985. Dartmouth leads the all-time series 30-7.

Cornell, Dartmouth and Brown, all 2-2 in the Ivy, are in a three-way tie for fourth place, which is the final Ivy League playoff spot.

CLICK HERE for a complete recap of the game at CornellBigRed.com.

Cornell plays games at Penn State and Brown before returning to Schoellkopf to host Syracuse at 7 p.m. on April 15. The game will be carried on RLM Sports and the Ivy League Digital Network, with the pregame show starting at 6:45.

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