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The Cornell Big Red is the name of the sports teams, and other competitive teams, at Cornell Universitymarker. The men's and women's Big Red teams are NCAA Division I teams that compete in the Ivy League. The university sponsors 36 varsity sports, as well as numerous intramural and club teams.

Other conferences afilliations

The men's and women's hockey teams compete in the ECAC Hockey League. Additionally, the Big Red are members of the Middle Atlantic Intercollegiate Sailing Association, the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association, the Eastern Association of Women's Rowing Colleges, the National Intercollegiate Women's Fencing Association, the Collegiate Sprint Football League, and the Eastern Association of Rowing Colleges.

Facilities

The football, lacrosse, & sprint football teams play in Schoellkopf Fieldmarker, which has a capacity of 25,597. The ice hockey teams play in Lynah Rinkmarker, which has a capacity of 4,267. Other campus facilities include a Robert Trent Jones (a Cornell alumnus) designed golf course, baseball's Hoy Fieldmarker, the Niemand•Robison Softball Field, the Oxley Equestrian Center, and numerous fields and gymnasiums. The athletic playing fields are known as the "Alumni Fields" because the Cornell Alumni Association funded the grading and development of these fields in exchange for a promise that they would remain in perpetuity. A subsequent land swap resulted in giving the Agriculture College building sites at the east end of the fields in exchange for the site of what became Schoellkopf Field and Hoy Field. The Alumni Fields became the site of an underground Synchrotron Laboratorymarker.

History

The third Cornell bear, Touchdown III
Poster illustration of a Cornell baseball player, 1908.
Cornell's teams did not have an official name until after 1905, when a recent graduate, Romeyn Berry '04 wrote lyrics for a new football song. The lyrics included the words "the big, red team," and the nickname stuck.

Cornell does not have an official mascot, however the bear has long been a symbol of Cornell Athletics. In 1915, a live bear named Touchdown first appeared at football games to represent Cornell. The current version, which appears at many of Cornell's sporting events, is a brown bear costume (the live bear was replaced in 1939) that is worn by an undergraduate student; it is referred to as the "Big Red Bear" or by its nickname, "Touchdown."

Cornell's colors, carnelian red and white, date back to the university's Inauguration Day on October 7, 1868.

Many of Cornell's athletic directors have made substantial contributions to collegiate athletics in general, including Romeyn Berry, James Lynah, and Robert Kane.

Fight Songs

A number of fight songs are associated with Cornell sports teams, such as "The Big Red Team", "Fight for Cornell", and "New Cornell Fight Song", but the one with the longest use and tradition is "Give My Regards to Davy", a song written by three Cornellians in 1904. The song is sung to the tune of George M. Cohan's "Give My Regards to Broadway".

Rivalries

Cornell - Penn game in 1919
The men's ice hockey team has a historic rivalry with Boston University, but, since BU left what became the ECAC Hockey conference to join Hockey East, this rivalry has been overshadowed by the more contemporary one with Harvard Universitymarker, which was highlighted in the 1970 novel Love Story and its film adaptation. The men's ice hockey team also has rivalries with Clarksonmarker and Colgatemarker.

In football, Cornell and the University of Pennsylvaniamarker have a rivalry that has witnessed over 110 games played between the schools since their first meeting in 1893, rating as the 5th most-played rivalry in college football. The two teams play for the Trustee Cup.

For men's lacrosse, Cornell and Princeton Universitymarker have historically been the perennial favorites in the Ivy League and the Princeton game is usually the most anticipated Ivy-game. Fellow upstate schools Syracuse Universitymarker and Hobart are also considered Cornell's lacrosse rivals.

In polo, the men's and women's team both enjoy a rivalry with the University of Virginiamarker and the University of Connecticutmarker. Additionally, in Women's Equestrian Skidmore Collegemarker is a constant rival.

Off note, Cornell's football series against both the University of Pennsylvaniamarker and Dartmouth Collegemarker are tied for the second-longest uninterrupted college football matchup, both dating back to 1919. They are only surpassed by the Lehigh-Lafayette series, which is uninterrupted since 1897.

Varsity sports

Championship Teams

Men's Lacrosse


Cheerleader, 1906
  • Baseball
    • Ivy 1939, 1940, 1943, 1952, 1972, 1977


  • Men's Basketball
    • Ivy 1988, 2008, 2009


  • Women's Basketball
    • Ivy 2008
  • Football
    • National 1915, 1921, 1922, 1939
    • Ivy 1971, 1988, 1990


  • Sprint Football
    • CSFL 1975(Co-Champs), 1978, 1982, 1984(Tri-Champs), 1986(Tri-Champs), 2006


  • Field Hockey
    • Ivy 1991


  • Men's Ice Hockey
    • NCAA 1967, 1970
    • ECAC 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1973, 1980, 1986, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2005
    • Ivy 1966, 1967, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1996, 1997, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005
    • Ned Harkness Cup 2003, 2005, 2008
  • Women's Ice Hockey
    • Ivy 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1990, 1996


  • Men's Lacrosse
    • NCAA 1971, 1976, 1977
    • Ivy 1966, 1968, 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1987, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009


  • Women's Lacrosse
    • Ivy 2006


  • Men's Polo
    • National 1937, 1955, 1956, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962, 1963, 1966, 1992, 2005


  • Women's Polo
    • National 1979, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1991, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004


  • Men's Heavyweight Crew Cornell's Crews have won more RAAC (12 of 21)(1871-1894) and IRA National Championships (26) than any other University, most recently:
    • IRA National 1955, 1956, 1957, 1958, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1977, 1981, 1982
    • Eastern Sprints 1956, 1957, 1960, 1963


  • Men's Lightweight Crew
    • IRA National 1992, 2006, 2007 2008
    • Eastern Sprints 1949, 1963, 1964, 1965, 1967, 1992, 2006, 2008




  • Men's Soccer
    • Ivy 1975, 1977, 1995


  • Women's Soccer
    • Ivy 1987, 1991


  • Softball
    • Ivy 1999, 2001, 2004, 2009


  • Volleyball
    • Ivy 1991, 1992, 1993, 2004, 2005, 2006


  • Men's Swimming
    • EISL Dual-Meet 1984 [Co-Champions], 2007


  • Men's Wrestling
    • 2007, 2008, 2009 EIWA champions
    • 2009 5th in NCAA
    • 2004-2009 Ivy league champions


Individual Champions

  • NCAA Wrestling
    • 1929 Glenn Stafford, 175 lb.
    • 1953 Frank Bettucci, 147 lb.
    • 1953 Don Dickason, 167 lb.
    • 1959 Dave Auble, 123 lb.
    • 1960 Dave Auble, 123 lb.
    • 1994 David Hirsch, 126 lb.
    • 2003 Travis Lee, 125 lb.
    • 2005 Travis Lee, 133 lb.
    • 2008 Jordan Leen, 157 lb.
    • 2009 Troy Nickerson, 125 lb.


Other teams

  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Men's Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Men's Squash
  • Women's Squash
  • Men's Swimming and Diving
  • Women's Swimming and Diving
  • Men's Tennis
  • Women's Tennis
  • Men's Track
  • Women's Track
  • Wrestling


Club teams

  • Women’s Club Ultimate Team
  • Men’s Club Ultimate Team


References

  1. http://ecommons.library.cornell.edu/bitstream/1813/3528/28/013_13.pdf Cornell Alumni News 1910-12-21 p. 146
  2. http://www.lepp.cornell.edu/public/outreach/Tours/Revised%20Web%20Page/htftour.html Retrieved 2007-09-09.
  3. Cornell Athletics - Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Ivy League Basketball Champions 11.15.2007
  5. Cornell clinches Ivy League title, NCAA tournament berth for second straight year ESPN.com 03-6-2009
  6. Cornell Womens Basketball Shares Ivy League Title, Defeats Princeton, 76-59 Cornell Big Red.com 03.10.2008
  7. Lightweight Rowing Captures Third Straight National Title 06-09-08


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