Winners, Bad News Bears and a Lengthy Women’s Hockey Digression

Lots of winners this week. Why? I can think of three possible reasons: as an apology for taking several weeks off (I blame midterms), because I’m a nice guy, or, just maybe, because a lot of teams did well. I say it’s all three.

Continued after the jump

The Winners

Football: trounced Cornell, 34-14. This week, the football team showed it could win a game on the road. Buddy Farnham’s ’10 nine catches for 207 went a long way. Is it wrong that those crazy kind of numbers no longer impress me? I now expect that somebody will do that every week, but the Bears will need it on Saturday when they host Ivy League co-leader Penn.

Men’s soccer: beat Cornell, 1-0. The Bears are deep in the hunt for the Ivy crown and ranked No. 18. Care to venture a guess who’s No. 1 in the nation? UCLA? Wake Forest? North Carolina? Nope, it’s the mighty Akron Zips.

Women’s soccer: also beat Cornell, 1-0. The women (5-7-1, 2-3-0 Ivy) took until the 85th minute to find the back of the net against the woeful Big Red (1-11-1, 0-5-0). What would the long ride back from Ithaca have been like without that goal?

Women’s golf: finished second out of seven teams at the Central Connecticut Fall Invitational. In the final action of the fall, Heather Arison ’12 placed third, Susan Restrepo ’11 took fifth, Sarah Guarascio ’11 and Carly Arison each placed 11th, Julia Robinson ’11 finished in 14th and Megan Tuohy took 16th.

Cross Country: the women placed second out of 10 teams and the men finished in fourth out of 11 teams. Full coverage will appear in Thursday’s Herald, so I have just one question? How come Central Connecticut State University can host cross country and women’s golf tournaments on the same weekend and we can’t even have aquatics events on campus?

Volleyball: went 1-1 last weekend. They won an Ivy League game. I didn’t think it was going to happen. Things had been going so badly that Friday’s recap on brownbears.com was titled “Harvard Edges Brown 3-0.” Funny, where I come from (here, actually), we call that a sweep. But then they turned around on Saturday to sweep Dartmouth, which is actually a decent team, and move to 5-13 overall and 1-6 in Ivy play. We owned teams lazily nicknamed after colors this week.

Women’s hockey: went 1-1 last week. As promised, my women’s hockey ruminations:

I went to Friday’s regular season opener, but even the snazzy new video scoreboard at Meehan couldn’t make up for the 8-1 loss to Connecticut.

I came to see the new, young women’s hockey team (but then, the team has been young for years), but the Bears just came off as callow. Maybe it was because the Huskies had already played six games, while Brown had only faced the Toronto Jr. Aeros, but the Bears didn’t look ready.

They hung tough with the Huskies in the first and third periods, but endured a nightmarish second period when they surrendered six goals in less than 12 minutes. Highly touted freshman goalie Katie Jamieson was yanked. It looked like youth might sink Brown this season.

Then the team traveled across the city to Providence College on Sunday and laid a 5-1 whooping on the Friars to earn the Mayor’s Cup. Jamieson made 18 of her 29 saves in the first period and three freshmen scored goals.

Clearly the Bears, while inconsistent, already have the capability to be a very good team. If a young team can play this well in its second game, what happens if the team jells later this season? Could Brown be poised to finally make noise in the ECAC playoffs? I can’t wait to find out.

The Bad News Bears

Men’s water polo: went 1-4 at the Santa Clara Invitational. The Bears didn’t bring their A-games to the American cradle of water polo, California, beating Fresno Pacific, but losing to Cal Baptist, Air Force, Santa Clara and UC Davis. Maybe they were just in awe of Santa Clara’s gorgeous, one-year-old outdoor pool. Hmm, perhaps Brown could save money by scrapping a building and just having an outdoor pool — surrounded by massive heaters, of course.

Field hockey: went 0-2 last week. The Bears suffered two more road losses this week, falling to PC, 3-2, on Tuesday and Cornell, 7-3, on Saturday. (Aside: Cornell was tagged with the nickname “Big Red” in 1905 because they had no nickname until an alumnus had to coin one for a football song. Yet another reason to make fun of them.) Field hockey is now 4-3 at home and 0-7 on the road. I like those odds for Tuesday’s game against Holy Cross at 4:00 on Warner Roof.

Check The Herald all week for in-depth coverage.

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