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Women’s Lacrosse Defeated in Ivy League Championship, Given a Second Chance

Photo courtesy of Lacrosse Magazine. 

The women’s lacrosse team suffered a disappointing loss in the Ivy League championship game against Princeton Sunday morning. After beating Harvard on Friday evening, the team advanced to the Sunday game against Princeton, who had beat University of Pennsylvania also on Friday.

It was the first time in program history that the Big Red had won the honors of hosting the tournament, giving the team a desirable home field advantage.  Cornell was facing Princeton for the second time in two weeks after losing to them in a double overtime sudden death loss on April 22nd.

The first half of the Sunday game saw Princeton clearly dominating, ending the half up 7-2. Princeton also led in saves, turnovers and ground balls but came even with the Big Red in shots and draw controls. Starting the second half, the Big Red continued to falter in the beginning before finding momentum.

At one point down by six points, Cornell was able to close the gap in a series of rapid succession goals. The team seemed on track to take Princeton as their momentum rallied the crowd. With ten minutes left in the half, Cornell was down by two points, 9-11.

Unfortunately, the tables could not be turned. Princeton won the match with 12 points to Cornell’s 9.

Despite not taking home the trophy, Cornell still took home significant post-season honors. Senior Catie Smith was voted Ivy League defender of the year while Head Coach Jenny Graap was voted Coach of the Year. Making first-team All-Ivy were seniors Amie Dickson, Kristy Gilbert and Catie Smith. Honorable mention went to Catherine Ellis, Taylor Reed and goalie Renee Poullott.

Players nominated to the Ivy League tournament team included Amie Dickson, Taylor Reed, Catie Smith, Sarah Phillips and Catherine Ellis.

Late in the evening after the Ivy League loss, Cornell was awarded an at-large bid in the upcoming NCAA tournament, the fifth time the team has been given such an honor in program history. The team will look to seize its second chance against #13 Notre Dame

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