PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 2011 Ivy League title race became a little bit clearer over the weekend as what began as a five-way tie for first dwindled down to three-way tie after a trio of road wins over the weekend. The wins by first place teams included Princeton’s 4-1 victory at Harvard, Columbia’s 4-2 win at Dartmouth and Yale’s 2-1 victory at Penn. Elsewhere in League play, Cornell downed Brown 4-2.
Princeton got out to an early 2-0 lead on goals by Amanda Bird and Allison Evans and eventually built a 4-0 lead en route to a 4-1 win at Harvard. Evans had two goals in the game to bring her season total to 10, making her one of five Ivy League players to reach the 10-goal plateau so far this season.
Cornell was the lone home Ivy team to post a League win over the weekend, downing Brown 4-2. With the game tied 1-1, the Big Red duo of Kat DiPastina and Hannah Balleza scored consecutive goals at 11:13 and 25:46 to help Cornell to a 3-1 lead it would not relinquish. Balleza finished with a goal and an assist, while Thompson also scored Cornell’s fourth goal giving her two on the day.
In the showdown between Columbia and Dartmouth, Ali Savage gave the home team a 1-0 lead but Columbia answered with the game’s next three goals, including two from Gabby Kozlowski, to build a two-goal lead at the half. The teams then each added a goal in the second half for the final 4-2 score line.
Yale and Penn wrapped up Ivy play with a Sunday afternoon game that saw the Bulldogs edge the Quakers, 2-1. Julie Tahan opened the scoring to put Penn up 1-0, a lead it would take to the half. After the break, Gabby Garcia tied the game, paving the way for Erica Borgo’s game-winning goal, scored at 55:22. Kieran Sweeney finished with eight saves in the Penn cage.
With two League games remaining for each team, Yale, Columbia and Princeton are the current leaders for the title race as they are all tied for first at 4-1 in Ivy play. Harvard and Dartmouth remain in the discussion with 3-2 marks in League play but would need help from the three teams above them in the standings. Two of those three teams will clash this weekend as Yale plays at Columbia at 6:00 p.m. on Friday evening. On Saturday, Penn is at Brown; Cornell plays at Princeton and then Harvard plays host to Dartmouth in a de facto elimination game.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia junior forward Gabby Kozlowski (Voorhees, N.J.) played a critical role as the Lions recorded a 4-2 win over Dartmouth on Saturday in a game between two of the five teams who had entered the day tied for first. Kozlowski finished with two goals and one assist. The second goal was the 30th of her career, moving her into second place on Columbia’s all-time scoring list.
At 21:45, Kozlowski broke a 1-1 tie when she corralled a pass from teammate Paige Simmons and knocked it in for the score. Kozlowski then scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 30:49 when she gave the Lions a 3-1 lead. For the score, she worked the ball through the Big Green defense for an unassisted angled shot. Dartmouth drew to within 3-2 seven minutes into the second half, but Columbia responded just 20 seconds after the Big Green’s goal as Kozlowski assisted on teammate Carson Christus’ goal at the 42:29 mark with a clever re-directed pass coming off a penalty corner.
The two-goal, one-assist-performance was Kozlowski’s second multi-goal game of the year. Kozlowski’s five points on Saturday were the most since she scored nine points in a 5-2 win over Dartmouth on Oct. 24, 2010. For the season, Kozlowski leads the team with 10 goals and 21 points. She is Columbia’s first Ivy League Player of the Week in almost exactly a year, as she won the award on Oct. 26, 2010.
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman forward Noel Painter (Los Gatos, Calif.) scored three of Harvard's four goals as the Crimson put together a 1-1 record over the weekend. She netted the Crimson's lone goal in Saturday's 4-1 loss to Princeton against a Tiger defense that has allowed the fewest goals against in League play this season.
Painter then added two key goals in Harvard’s dramatic 3-2 win against Colgate on Sunday, scoring to tie the game in the second half and then netting the game-winning goal in the second minute of overtime. She is the second Harvard player to be named an Ivy League Rookie of the Week this season, joining Sydney Jenkins, who earned the honor on Sept. 6, 2011.
2-1 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 5 Shots, 4 SOG, Team: 1-1
Erica Borgo, Yale (So., F - Randolph, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Alex Botte, Cornell (Sr., GK - Carlsbad,
2-2 GP-GS, 140:00 Mins., 4 GA, 2.00 GAA, 14 Svs, 1-1
Allison Evans, Princeton (Fr., M - Macungie,
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (Sr., F - Berlin, N.H.)
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 11 Shots, 8 SOG
Christie O'Hara, Columbia (Jr., GK - St. Louis, Mo.)
1-1 GP-GS, 70:00 Mins., 2 GA, 2.00 GAA, 9 Svs, 1-0
Caitlin Rea, Harvard (Fr., M - Manchester, England)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG
Julie Tahan, Penn (So., A - Morristown, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG
Tuesday, October 25
Holy Cross at Brown, 4 pm
Columbia at Lafayette, 5:30 pm
Wednesday, October 26
Penn at Rider, 7 pm
Friday, October 28
Yale at Columbia, 6 pm
Saturday, October 29
*Penn at Brown, Noon
*Cornell at Princeton, Noon
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 1 pm
Sunday, October 30
Holy Cross at Yale, 1 pm
Villanova at Columbia, 1 pm
Connecticut at Princeton, 2 pm
New Hampshire at Harvard, 3 pm
* - Ivy League game
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 6 - Carolyn Horner (Cornell)
September 13 - Erin Carter (Yale)
September 20 - Kelly Hood (Dartmouth)
September 27 - Carly Dickson (Harvard)
October 4 - Lisa Masini (Dartmouth)
October 11 - Erin Carter (Yale)
October 18 - Georgia Holland (Yale)
October 25 - Gabby Kozlowski (Columbia)
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 6 - Sydney Jenkins (Harvard)
September 13 - Allison Evans (Princeton)
September 20 - Ali Savage (Dartmouth)
September 27 - Ali Savage (Dartmouth)
October 4 - Sydney Kirby (Princeton)
October 11 - Shannon McSweeney (Brown)
October 18 - Alex Iqbal (Penn)
October 25 - Noel Painter (Harvard)
September 6 - E. Cain (Yale), K. Hood (Dartmouth), B. McGillivray (Harvard), C. O’Hara (Columbia), S. McSweeney (Brown).
September 13 - K. Hood (Dartmouth), C. Horner (Cornell), M. O'Donnell (Brown), K. Snyder (Penn), C. Tassopoulos (Harvard).
September 20 - A. Botte (Cornell), E. Borgo (Yale), K. Keating (Harvard), S. McSweeney (Brown), C. O'Hara (Columbia), K. Sweeney (Penn).
September 27 - A. Burns (Brown), E. Carter (Yale), E. Corcoran (Penn), S. Kirby (Princeton), S. McSweeney (Brown), N. Painter (Harvard), P. Simmons (Columbia).
October 4 - H. Caniglia (Penn), G. McGillivray (Harvard), G. Holland (Yale), S. McSweeney, (Brown), C. O'Hara (Columbia), N. Painter (Harvard), A. Savage (Dartmouth).
October 11 - K. DeSandis (Columbia), A. Evans (Princeton), A. Savage (Dartmouth), T. Stearns (Brown), K. Stone (Cornell), K. Sweeney (Penn), C. Tassopoulos (Harvard), B. Thompson (Cornell).
October 18 - O. Boyd (Cornell), A. Evans (Princeton), L. Freaney (Columbia), G. McGillivray (Harvard), P. Simmons (Columbia), J. Tahan (Penn).
October 25 - E.
Borgo (Yale), A. Botte (Cornell), A. Evans (Princeton), K. Hood
(Dartmouth), C. O'Hara (Columbia), C. Rea (Harvard), J. Tahan
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the
|Brown||November 2, 2010*||Leslie Springmeyer|
|Columbia||October 25, 2011||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||September 6, 2011||Carolyn Horner
|Dartmouth||October 4, 2011||Lisa Masini
|Harvard||September 27, 2011||Carly Dickson
|Penn||September 18, 2007||Kara Bolger|
|Princeton||November 9, 2010*||Kathleen Sharkey|
|Yale||October 18, 2011||Georgia Holland
|Rookie of the
|Brown||October 11, 2011||Shannon McSweeney
|Columbia||October 27, 2009||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||October 26, 2010||Hannah Balleza|
|Dartmouth||September 27, 2011||Ali Savage
|Harvard||October 25, 2011||Noel Painter
|Penn||October 18, 2011||Alex Iqbal
|Princeton||October 4, 2011||Sydney Kirby
|Yale||November 9, 2010||Erica Borgo|