No. 20 Cornell Clinches Ivy Tourney Berth with Win at Yale

“The team has worked hard all season, and will be that much better next year,” said Phillips. “The future looks good, but a game like this shows that we could have gotten there this year. That would have been great for our seniors.”

Yale hosts BU on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Big Red came into Saturday's contest at Yale knowing its postseason fate was on the line. With the pressure, the Big Red came out strong and left no doubt about its Ivy League credentials.

No. 20 Cornell outscored the Bulldogs 6-1 in the first half and held strong in the second for a 13-7 victory at Reese Field.

With the win, the Big Red (8-5, 4-3 Ivy League) has earned a spot in the Ivy League Tournament for the second consecutive year. Cornell will be the No. 4 seed and play league regular-season champion Penn at Franklin Field in the tournament's second semifinal game on May 3.

"[Clinching the Ivy Tournament has] been our goal all week, and we knew Yale was going to give us a tough game because it was the same situation for them," senior Kelly Lang said. "We only have up to go from here."

Yale (7-6, 1-5), which had a slim chance at a playoff berth entering the afternoon, saw its postseason hopes end with the loss.

Lindsay Toppe was the Big Red's leading scorer with four goals, while Emily Tripodi pitched in a goal and three assists. Caroline Salisbury (three) Maddie Kiep (two), Amanda D'Amico (two) and Sarah Hefner (two), all had multi-point games for Cornell.

"It kind of felt like how we play in practice and how we played at the beginning of the season where we had that fearless mentality where everyone is taking it hard," Lang said. "When there's a bunch of threats in the attack, it's a lot harder to stop."

Carly Gniewek had another phenomenal game, making eight saves in the first half alone and letting in just one goal while her offense racked up six goals of its own. The sophomore finished with 10 saves, reaching double digits in that category for the second straight game after making 14 at Syracuse on Tuesday.

"Carly's been playing awesome," said sophomore Claire MacManus, who scored her second goal of the season on Saturday. "She's gained a lot of confidence, she's been playing great, making huge saves and stepping up."

The Big Red victory was its sixth in a row against Yale, and the team reached four Ivy League victories for the 10th time since 2000.

Saturday's result was rarely in doubt.

Both goaltenders started the game very well, making two saves each before the offenses got one past them. D'Amico had the first goal of the game nine minutes in, beating her defender and going to the left side of the fan then shooting high past Erin McMullan.

Kiep made it 2-0 less than a minute later, bouncing the ball off the turf and under McMullan. The sequence began as Hefner won the draw control right after D'Amico's goal. Tripodi got an assist on the play, feeding Kiep from behind the net.

Toppe got the Big Red's third goal about two minutes after that, and it was a 3-0 lead for Cornell 12 minutes. Hefner had the ball on the left side of the fan, and Toppe streaked through the middle. Hefner got her the ball before she even entered the fan, and Toppe completed her run with a perfectly placed shot.

The Big Red slowed its offense down on its next possession, and D'Amico got her second goal after a three-minute offensive set. She came in from the left side and fired low, making it a 4-0 Cornell advantage midway through the half.

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