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

"It's huge to start off getting a few goals first, taking our momentum from the locker room and the pre-game into the first half," MacManus said.

Yale got the next goal after a Cornell turnover, but Gniewek made three saves on Yale's next offensive possession to keep it a three goal game. After the third Gniewek save, Cornell ran down the field and extended its lead back to four. Tripodi had her second assist of the afternoon, this time finding Hefner on the right side of the net for an easy putaway.

The Big Red went nearly seven minutes before its next strike, but it was well worth the wait. Claire MacManus usually very solid in the defensive end had just her second goal of the year on a tremendous individual effort. MacManus got the ball in the defensive zone and took the ball to the other end of the field all on her own. Getting past multiple Yale defenders, MacManus brought the ball into the fan, fell down and managed to get off a shot that beat McMullan before MacManus hit the turf.

"I like running the ball in transition," MacManus said. "No one was really stepping to me. Everyone was sort of worried about their girl. I saw the opening and took it."

Cornell went into the break with that 6-1 lead, and the Bulldogs' one goal was the fewest scored by a Big Red opponent in a half all year.

Yale began the second half with a quick strike, but Toppe got her second goal of the day a minute later to give Cornell a 7-2 lead. Toppe's goal came on a free position shot from the right side, and she got it past McMullan on a bounce.

The Bulldogs scored the next two goals of the game, and Cornell's lead was down to 7-4 with 18 minutes remaining. Toppe made it 8-4 a few minutes later though in entertaining fashion. Holding the ball at the top of the fan, Toppe converged with Salisbury and faked a short underhanded pass to her nearby teammate. Instead, Toppe snagged the ball out of midair herself and curled into the fan while Yale's defenders went toward Salisbury. The split-second delay by the Bulldogs was enough for Toppe to get space and complete her hat trick.

The Big Red's ninth goal came thanks to pressure on the Yale goalie. Toppe forced a turnover as McMullan was wide out of her net, and Tripodi picked up the ground ball. Salisbury was wide open in front of the gaping net, and Tripodi found her open teammate for an easy finish.

Salisbury got her second goal with 11 minutes remaining to make it 10-5 for Cornell. The play began at the other side of the field with a Yale turnover, and Salisbury ended it after sweeping into the fan from the right side and beating McMullan low.

Tripodi made it 11-6 when she sprinted behind the net from right to left. Her defender lost her balance when Tripodi cut inside, giving the freshman a clear path to the net. Her aim was true, and the Big Red regained a five-goal lead.

Kiep put her second goal in the back of the net next, scoring the Big Red's 12th goal with 3:30 left. Standing on the left side of the net, she took a pass from Salisbury and did not miss.

Toppe added her fourth of the game a minute later, ending the scoring for the afternoon.

Cornell begins its final week of the regular season on Tuesday when it hosts Binghamton at Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red and Bearcats are set for a 7:00 p.m. start.

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