Andrew Legare, Ithaca Journal | November 20, 2020
Cornell men’s and women’s hockey teams and their fans face winter without games. This will be a much quieter winter on East Hill.
No roars from thousands of fans when a goal is scored at Lynah Rink. No instructions being shouted from behind the bench by coaches Mike Schafer and Doug Derraugh. No unmistakable sound of skates cutting through ice for a two-on-one breakaway.
For the second time in eight months, men’s and women’s hockey teams at Cornell have had National Championship hopes derailed.
Last March, each was ranked first nationally before the coronavirus pandemic led to a premature finish for their seasons and those of college athletes everywhere.
This month news came that the Ivy League will not participate in winter sports after sitting out the fall semester. Ivy presidents cited safety concerns as the main reason for their unanimous decision.