PRINCETON, N.J. -- The second to last weekend of Ivy League field hockey games proved to be one full of late game heroics and comeback bids. Each of the four Ivy contests was decided by a single goal, including two games that needed overtime to decide a winner.
On Saturday, sixth-ranked Princeton clinched at least a share of the 2010 Ivy League title with a 3-2 win at Cornell. The Tigers, who have now earned at least a share of its sixth straight Ivy League title and its 16th in 17 years, built a 3-0 lead on a pair of Kathleen Sharkey goals and an Allison Behringer tally. But the Big red fought back. With just under five minutes to play in regulation, Catie De Stio got Cornell on the board and then Kate Thompson scored at 68:48 to pull the Big Red within one. But goalkeeper Jennifer King, who finished with five saves, and the Princeton defense held on for the win.
Also on Saturday, Dartmouth edged Harvard in overtime, 1-0, and Yale earned a narrow 3-2 overtime win against Columbia. Dartmouth's Lisa Masini scored the overtime game-winning goal against the Crimson at 75:28, while Yale's Mia Rosati, with an assist from Dinah Landshut, netted the game-winning goal for the Bulldogs just 1:22 into the first extra stanza. Rosati's tally keeps Yale in the title hunt, as it could tie for the Ivy League title with a win this weekend coupled with a Princeton loss. The Lions were kept in the game against Yale by goalkeeper Christie O'Hara's 13 saves, which tie for the most saves in an Ivy League game this season.
Then on Sunday, the string of close games continued with Brown recording a 3-2 win at Penn. After a scoreless first half, Tracy Zysk and Leslie Springmeyer gave the Bears a 2-0 lead. Julie Tahan then halved the Brown lead at 55:18, only to see Elara Mosquera re-establish the Bear's two goal cushion with a goal less than a minute later. Annie Matthews scored with less than a minute remaining, but the Quaker comeback bid fell short.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore defender/midfielder Lisa Masini (Ann Arbor, Mich.) tallied seven points in two games for Dartmouth over the weekend, leading the Big Green to two victories. Starting in the Big Green's homecoming game against Harvard, Masini scored the overtime game winner to take an Ivy League victory over the Crimson when she netted the unassisted tally at 75:28.
The next day, Masini helped Dartmouth to a 9-4 win over in-state rival Vermont by scoring a goal and adding three assists. Her goal against the Catamounts proved to be the game winner, as it gave the Big Green a 3-2 lead it would not relinquish. For the season Masini has 15 points on four goals and seven assists. She is the third Dartmouth player to earn Player of the Week honors this season, joining Kelly Hood (Sept. 28) and Kelly McHenry (Oct. 12).
Masini's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 3 A, 7 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 2 GWG, Team: 2-0
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, N.J.) led Brown to a 2-0 week, as the Bears won back-to-back games for the first time since September 2009, including their second Ivy game of the season.
On Tuesday against Holy Cross, Springmeyer led Brown with five points, scoring two goals just 6:44 apart to help the Bears open up a 3-0 lead. Her first goal proved to be the game-winning tally. She helped to secure the win with an assist on Brown's fourth goal, which was scored 13 minutes after the Crusader tally. Then on Sunday against Penn, Springmeyer scored her 10th goal of the season, giving Brown a 2-0 lead in the 54th minute of play. She last earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the Bears on Sept. 21.
Springmeyer's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 3 G, 1 A, 7 Pts., 5 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman Julie Tahan (Morristown, N.J.) was Penn's biggest offensive weapon in Sunday's narrow 3-2 loss to Brown. She had seven shots in the game, including four on goal. She also provided the Quakers with their first goal, converting a penalty stroke to cut the Brown lead to 2-1with 15 minutes to play in the game.
For the season, Tahan is tied for the team lead with three goals, and she is tied for third in points with seven. She is Penn's first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Sarah Hasson won the award on Sept. 28, 2009.
Tahan's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1
Alexandra Douwes, Princeton, Sr., B (Bussum, Netherlands)
1-1 GP/GS, 0 G, 2 A, 2 Pts., 0 Shots, 0 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0
Dinah Landshut, Yale, Jr., MF (Hamburg, Germany)
1-1 GP/GS, 0G, 1A, 1 Pt., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0
Annie Matthews, Penn, Sr., ST (St. Louis, Mo.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1
Christie O'Hara, Columbia, So., GK (St. Louis, Mo.)
1-1 GP/GS, 71:22 Min., 3 GA, 2.95 GAA, 13 SVS, .813 SV%, 0 Sho, 0-1
The 2010 Ivy League field hockey season wraps up this weekend. At 6-0 in Ivy play, Princeton has already clinched a share of the 2010 League title. The Tigers have now earned at least a share of six straight Ivy League titles and will be either champions or co-champions of the Ivy League for the 16th time in the past 17 years.
With a win over Penn on Friday evening, the Tigers would claim the Ivy title outright, but if the Quakers were able to pull off the upset and Yale went on to win at Brown on Saturday, the Tigers and Bulldogs would share the 2010 title.
Regardless of what happens on Friday, a win by the Bulldogs on Saturday would guarantee Yale at least sole possession of second place in the League and give it six Ivy wins for the second year in a row. But Brown will have other ideas as it tries to close out the 2010 season on a high note – namely two Ivy wins in a row.
In Saturday's other two Ivy League games, Dartmouth plays at Cornell and Columbia plays at Harvard. The Big Red could still finish as high as tied for second place, while the Big Green will be looking to pull even with Cornell in the standings at 4-3 with a win. The Lions will be trying to finish the season with three Ivy wins for the second year in a row, while Harvard looks to end its season with a victory.
Friday, November 5
*Penn at Princeton, 6 pm
Saturday, November 6
*Dartmouth at Cornell, Noon
*Yale at Brown, 1 pm
*Columbia at Harvard, 1 pm
* - Ivy League contest