March 2, 2013

Toppe and Tripodi Have Big Games for the Big Red

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Lindsay Toppe had a career-high seven points last weekend, but the sophomore outdid herself on Saturday when she erupted for nine points in a 17-12 Big Red victory over Harvard at Schoellkopf Field.

Toppe had four goals and five assists in the victory and came one point shy of tying the school record for points in a game, freshman Emily Tripodi had five assists in her Cornell debut, and Amanda D'Amico scored four times to give the Big Red a win in both teams' Ivy League opener.

"It's definitely awesome to get out there and be able to contribute," Toppe said. "What's great about our offense is that everyone can and score. [Harvard] was focusing on [Caroline Salisbury], and that just opened up the attack so much more for me and everyone else."

Cornell (2-0, 1-0 Ivy League) led by as many as seven points in the second half, taking a 15-8 lead with 13:52 remaining. The Big Red forced Harvard (0-2, 0-2) to change goalies in the second half, but the Cornell offense would not be cooled off in the below-freezing weather.

Lauren Halpern also had a hat trick, putting in three goals, and Sarah Hefner had three goals and an assist. Rachel Moody also contributed two goals off the bench, and Courtney Gallagher made seven saves to earn the victory in goal.

Toppe did not get her first point until 13 minutes had gone by, and she scored her final goal with 13 minutes left in the game. She took two more shots on goal in the remaining minutes, but Harvard backup goalie Melanie Cook made saves on both to prevent Toppe from tying the school record set by Sara Gur in 1994.

Toppe, though, is one of just six players in Cornell history to record nine points in a game, the most recent being Jaimee Reynolds in 2002 against Maryland.

"I'm really proud of Lindsay Toppe," Cornell coach Jenny Graap said. "She's very composed under pressure, and I think today we saw both of her strengths which are her accuracy and her shooting."

The other breakout performance came from Tripodi, a first-year player who missed the season opener at Canisius with an ankle injury. A star competitor in high school, Tripodi made a big impact with a goal and five assists while wearing Red and White for the first time.

"Definitely impressed with Tripodi today," Graap said. "She's a talent, and she's very poised with the ball. Coming off the injury, I think for her first game she played very well."

Toppe and Tripodi were both one assist shy of tying the school record for assists in a game (six).

The teams traded goals for the first 10 minutes, with a 2-2 tie coming after Harvard trailed 1-0 and 2-1. The Big Red's first two goals came on free position attempts.

The Big Red then scored five of the next six goals over the next 14 minutes, taking a 7-3 lead. After Harvard struck twice in the half's final six minutes, Toppe found the back of the net with 10 seconds left in the half to give the Big Red an 8-5 lead at the break.

Once the second half started, the Big Red extended its lead. D'Amico put the ball in the back of the net just 26 seconds into the half, and after one more Harvard goal, Cornell scored the next four. Tripodi, Hefner, Toppe and Rachel Moody all tallied goals in a five-minute span to make the Cornell advantage 13-6.

The Big Red is now 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in the Ivy League for the second consecutive season. Cornell has now won back-to-back games at Schoellkopf Field. 

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