Three Stars of the Week: November 12 – 18
Junior running back Luke Hagy recorded a career-high 148 yards on 19 carries and three total touchdowns to lead the football team to its first win of the season in the Empire State Bowl on Saturday.
The Big Red fought off Ivy League rival Columbia for a 30-27 victory, beating the Lions in New York City for the first time in 10 years.
Hagy helped Cornell jump out to an early lead by converting on a fourth-and-inches for the first touchdown of the game and, shortly after, caught a pass in the end zone from sophomore quarterback Robert Somborn to put the Big Red ahead 14-0.
However, the Lions battled back and Cornell eventually found itself down 27-23 in the fourth quarter after blowing a hefty 21-0 lead.
At this point, Hagy delivered his biggest run of the game, breaking through for a 63-yard touchdown run early in the final quarter of the game. The junior sped through the line untouched and outran the Columbia defense for the score, putting the Lions away for good.
The Big Red will host Penn for senior day to conclude the 2014 season at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday at Schoellkopf Field.
With a breakout weekend, freshman defender Erin O’Connor compiled six total points to lead the women’s hockey team over Brown and Yale, 5-1 and 6-2, respectively.
O’Connor tallied three assists on Friday against the Brown Bears for her first three collegiate points and then netted her first goal and tacked on two helpers to earn ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Week honors.
The rookie secured her first collegiate goal almost halfway through the second period on Saturday thanks to a five-on-three opportunity for the Big Red. Senior Jillian Saulnier received a pass by the right side of the goal line from classmate Emily Fulton and then fed the puck quickly across the crease. The pass met O’Connor in the left circle, who powered home a one-timer on the short side past Yale goalkeeper Jaimie Leonoff.
The weekend sweep marked Cornell’s first two victories of the season after a rocky start, as the Big Red played without star players Brianne Jenner and Saulnier and head coach Doug Derraugh, who helped Team Canada to a gold medal in the 4 Nations Cup.
O’Connor also netted her second goal of the season on Tuesday night, as the Big Red defeated Colgate 3-1. Now, Cornell goes on the road for two games against Minnesota Duluth, which are slated for 4:07 p.m. and 6:07 p.m. starts on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
After sitting out the entire 2013-14 season due to offseason shoulder surgery, senior Shonn Miller led the men’s basketball team with 21 points, 13 rebounds, and two blocked shots in his return for a 68-60 victory against George Mason
Despite falling 76-71 to Loyola (MD) on Sunday, Miller also spearheaded the team’s effort, finishing with 20 points, nine rebounds, and two assists.
For his outstanding performance to open up the season, Miller was recognized as the Ivy League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week. This marks the forwards seventh such award in his career.
Miller had an enormous game on Friday, playing for the first time in almost a year and a half. He posted a double-double and connected on a career-high four three-pointers, while scoring all 11 of the squad’s final points to end the first half.
In his hot start over the weekend, Miller shot 41 percent from the floor, 46 percent from beyond the arc, and 80 percent from the charity stripe.
On Tuesday, the Big Red fought back from 17 down to stun the Colgate Raiders with a 58-52 win. Next up for Cornell, the team travels to South Carolina for the Charleston Classic, where the Big Red will face the University of South Carolina at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.