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Three Stars of the Week: November 19 – 25

  1. Christian Hilbrich

Junior forward Christian Hilbrich recorded his first two goals of the season to lead the men’s hockey team to its first four-point weekend of the season.

Hilbrich netted the game-winner on Friday to give Cornell a 3-2 victory over Yale. The goal occurred with seven minutes, two seconds remaining in the contest, which swung the momentum back to the Big Red after an unfortunate fluke goal by the Bulldogs.

Senior Cole Bardreau regained possession in the offensive zone after a nice poke check from a Yale defender on sophomore Jake Weidner. Bardreau then fed an open Hilbrich in the slot, who fired the puck past Bulldogs goaltender Alex Lyon on the low blocker side.

On Saturday night, Hilbrich found himself in the right place at the right time to deflect a one-timer from the point in Cornell’s 4-0 win against Brown.

Weidner fired the shot from inside the blue line off a pass from Bardreau. The puck, initially traveling wide of the goal, ricocheted off the leg of Hilbrich, who stood above the crease in front of Brown Bears goalie Tyler Steel. Immediately following Hilbrich’s score, Steel was pulled and replaced by Tim Ernst with 5:04 left in the first period.

The Big Red travels to New York City on Saturday for the Frozen Apple. The team will face off against Penn State at 8 p.m. in Madison Square Garden.

  1. Gabe Dean

Sophomore wrestler Gabe Dean posted a dominating weekend to help give Cornell a dual victory against No. 21 Oklahoma and earn its third straight New York State Title.

Dean, at 184 pounds, defeated Greg Wilson on Saturday with 16 seconds still remaining in the first period due to a technical fall. As the nation’s number one wrestler at his weight, Dean secured a takedown only 13 seconds into the period and earned a total of five three-point near falls.

On Sunday, Dean powered through the tournament field, outscoring his opponents 102-33 and producing a minimum of 16 points per match. Dean won three matches by techical fall and two more by at least 10 points on major decisions.

No. 1 Dean will compete for the Big Red on Saturday, as the team heads to Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. for the Northeast duals against West Virginia, Kutztown, and North Carolina State.

  1. Robert Somborn

Despite falling to Penn by eight, quarterback Robert Somborn had an outstanding performance, leading the Big Red offense to 26 points on Senior Day.

The sophomore finished the day going 22-of-39 for 316 yards and four total touchdowns.

Somborn marched the offense down the field for a six-play, 67-yard touchdown drive to begin the game. He capped off the series with a 32-yard pass to sophomore wide receiver Collin Shaw, who made an unbelievable one-handed grab to put Cornell up 6-0 after the Big Red failed the PAT attempt due to a bad snap.

Somborn also brought the squad back into the game with a touchdown and two-point conversion near the end of the fourth quarter, which cut the Quakers’ 16-point lead in half.

However, after getting the ball back due to a defensive stop, the offense was stalled, and eventually Cornell ran out of time.

The Big Red concluded a long season on Saturday, finishing with a 1-9 overall record.

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