March 6, 2013

Toppe's Big Day Propels Cornell Over Colgate

from press release

ITHACA, N.Y. – Lindsay Toppe had three goals in the game's first nine minutes, finished the evening with six and the Big Red defense had a terrific day as Cornell rolled to a 17-5 win against Colgate at Schoellkopf Field on Wednesday evening.

Toppe, whose six goals are a new career best, now has 14 on the year through just three games. She was joined in scoring on Wednesday by Caroline Salisbury's four goals and multi-point efforts from Rachel Moody, Emily Tripodi and Jessica Schwab.

Moody, Tripodi, Schwab, Kelly Lang, Amanda D'Amico, Brittany Marriott and Maddie Kiep all had one goal for Cornell.

The Big Red's defense was just as impressive, causing 12 Raiders turnovers and picking up a season-high 26 ground balls. Kate Ivory had a team-best six ground balls while also causing a team-high three turnovers. Seven other Cornell players had at least two ground balls in the contest.

Courtney Gallagher got her third win of the year, making five saves in the second half.

"A goal of ours was to lock down in the defensive end and be more stingy, and today I thought we did that," Cornell coach Jenny Graap said. "Courtney Gallagher in the net for us had a very nice second half."

Cornell (3-0) has now won 14 consecutive games against Colgate (2-3) and is 3-0 for the second consecutive year. Cornell has also won three straight games on its home field.

Toppe, the reigning Ivy League Offensive Player of the Week, started the scoring for Cornell while Salisbury scored the next two. For the rest of the half, the Big Red offense went through Toppe. The sophomore struck on five consecutive goals for Cornell, including a laser from long distance on the left side of the fan with 11 seconds left in the half. That gave Cornell an 8-3 advantage at the break, and Toppe had six goals through
30 minutes.

"As a sophomore, she's really stepped up her game," Graap said. "Her accuracy was really impressive in the first half. ... Despite the fact that [Colgate was] really trying to guard Lindsay Toppe specifically, I thought her performance was outstanding."

Colgate guarded her much tighter in the second half, but that opened things up for other Cornell attackers. The Big Red scored nine times in the last 30 minutes, and Colgate's Jennie Berglin only made one save. Though Toppe was held without a goal in the half, Salisbury scored two more to open up Cornell's lead to 10-3.

Tripodi and Moody scored shortly after that, making it a 12-3 contest and stretching the Big Red's consecutive goals to seven. After Lang and D'Amico put goals on the board in the middle of the half, three Cornell freshmen got their first career goals to end the contest: Marriott, Kiep and Schwab. Schwab also earned an assist on Kiep's goal, and freshman Olivia Mattyasovszky notched her first career point by assisting on Schwab's.

Also seeing the first action of her Cornell career was sophomore Christine Ferguson and freshmen Greer McBeth and Abby Hanson.

The Big Red continues its season with a road trip to Columbia on Saturday. Cornell and the Lions will have their first draw at 1 p.m.

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