Being someone all too familiar with Cornell's recent sports history, I didn't spend most of the second half wondering whether the Big Red could pull out the upset. Instead, I pondered just when and how the wheels would fall off. Off the top of my head, I can come up with at least ten instances in the last eight years in which a Big Red team lost a close contest - eight of those being NCAA tournament games, most notably the overtime loss in last year's men's lacrosse championship game. While the true student-athletes in red and white have had their share of good wins since I've been following them, the overall theme of the Big Red is one of going close and coming up short. This one, unfortunately, turned out to be no different.
I applaud the guys for the effort; they nearly snapped the Jayhawks' fifty-game home winning streak, and this game - the end of which was broadcast on ESPN2 - could be important should the Big Red fail to take the Ivy League's automatic bid. Going into tonight's action, CU was No. 20 in the Z-Ratings for college hoops. I don't think this loss will knock them down too far, and they'll be able to hold their position so long as they take care of business in the Ivy League.
- women's basketball, 2002 regular season v. Harvard - for first place in the Ivy League, CU loses by 2 in 2OT.
- men's hockey, 2002 ECAC final - lost to Harvard, 4-3 in 2OT in the last ECAC tournament at Lake Placid.
- men's hockey, 2002 NCAA quarterfinal - UNH scores the final and winning goal with 2:39 left in the third period.
- women's lacrosse, 2002 NCAA semifinal - after tying the game late, Cornell can't get the ball in overtime and loses to Georgetown 12-10.
- men's lacrosse, 2002 NCAA quarterfinal - the Big Red falls by one to Virginia, 10-9. They would get a small measure of revenge in Foxborough seven years later, but this ended a painful year in Cornell athletics.
- men's hockey, 2003 NCAA semifinal - an early goal disallowed and a save off the UNH goalie's head keep Cornell out of the title game.
- men's hockey, 2005 NCAA quarterfinal - Cornell falls in overtime to Minnesota, on the Gophers' home ice.
- men's hockey, 2006 NCAA quarterfinal - the Big Red falls 1-0 in 3OT to eventual champion Wisconsin.
- men's lacrosse, 2007 NCAA semifinal - Duke gets the game-winner with three seconds left in regulation.
- men's lacrosse, 2009 NCAA final - Cornell leads by three with 3½ minutes left in the fourth quarter, but Syracuse ties it with 4.5 seconds left and wins in OT.