April 23, 2013

Tripodi, Toppe Lead Cornell Over Binghamton

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Emily Tripodi set a new career high with seven points and six assists, Lindsay Toppe finished the night with six goals and the Big Red rolled to a 17-11 victory over Binghamton at Schoellkopf Field on Tuesday night.
 
Cornell got a goal and six assists from Tripodi, which ties the school's single game record. The last player to record six assists in a game was Courtney Farrell in 2007. The Big Red had a tremendous night on offense, also getting four goals from Caroline Salisbury and a two-goal night by Lauren Halpern. Courtney Gallagher made five saves in the second half to lead Cornell in that category.
 
Toppe's six goals tied a career and season high set back on March 6 against Colgate. She has scored at least six points in a game four times this season. Toppe now has 43 goals on the season and reached 50 in her career during the night.
 
Tripodi scored one point more than her previous best, set in her first ever game against Harvard on March 3. She reached 30 assists for her young career on the team's last goal of the night.
 
Cornell (9-5) controlled every aspect of the game, outdrawing Binghamton (2-11) by a 22-14 margin – including a career-best eight by Salisbury – and causing seven Bearcats turnovers while they only caused three on Cornell.  Salisbury's eight draw controls also tied for second-best in school history in a single game.

Cornell reached 17 goals for the third time this season, tying a season high set against Harvard and Colgate back in march.

The win was Cornell's second straight against the Bearcats and improves the team's record to 5-1 at Schoellkopf Field. Cornell is also 5-1 against teams from New York this season.
 
The Big Red and Bearcats traded the first two goals of the affair, but Cornell got the next two to take a 3-2 lead. The Big Red never trailed again.
 
Tripodi had the team's first goal and assisted on the next two, and she picked up two more assists over the course of the half. Binghamton kept it close at 4-3, but the Big Red scored the next four games of the goal to pull away for good.
 
Toppe had three goals in the first half, Kelly Lang had a goal and two assists and Halpern had two goals as the Big Red scored 10 times in the first 30 minutes. The 10 goals in the first half tied the most in any first half this season, matching the team's 10-goal second half against Canisius in the season opener.
 
The offense slowed a bit in the second half as the Big Red wound down the clock with a large lead. Toppe added three more goals to her total in the half, and Salisbury scored all four of hers of the game. Cornell led 14-7 before the Bearcats went on a three-goal run with Cornell playing much of its bench.
 
After the Bearcats made it 14-10, though, the Big Red got the next two goals to seal the contest for good. Toppe and Salisbury had those two goals to make it 16-10, and Salisbury tallied the game's final strike with just 14 seconds left to give Cornell its 17th goal.
 
Cornell concludes its regular season on Saturday when it takes on Boston University at 1 p.m. on Schoellkopf Field. The Big Red well then face No. 16 Penn on its home field on M ay 3 at 8 p.m. in the Ivy League Tournament semifinals.


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