PRINCETON, N.J. -- Cornell and Dartmouth stayed unbeaten, while Columbia continued a winning streak of its own in men's soccer action around the Ivy League last week.
The Big Red are now 5-0-1 after wins over Binghamton and Saint Joseph's. For the third straight season, Cornell is red hot in the month of September. The Big Red are unbeaten in their last 21 September matches, going 17-0-4 in that span. Cornell's last loss in September came on Sept. 2, 2011 -- a season-opening 3-1 loss to Niagara. The Big Red have won five straight this season since a 1-1 tie with Detroit to open the year and are also unbeaten in their last 23 non-conference regular season matches (19-0-4).
Cornell isn't the only unbeaten team in the Ivy after three weeks of matches. Dartmouth is 3-0-3 thus far and has a seven-match unbeaten streak (4-0-3) going back to last year. The Big Green beat Kentucky, 3-1, and tied South Carolina, 0-0, at the South Carolina Tournament this past weekend. The last time the Big Green were unbeaten after six matches was 2003 during a 4-0-2 start. Dartmouth is now 9-2-3 dating back to the start of last October.
Columbia has now won three in a row after defeating Manhattan and Northeastern last week. The Lions host LIU Brooklyn on Wednesday night.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia senior midfielder David Najem (Clifton, N.J.) had a pair of goals and an assist in the Lions' two wins last week. Columbia has now won three straight after defeating Manhattan and Northeastern last week. Najem had a goal and an assist in Columbia's 3-0 win over Manhattan on Wednesday. He followed that up with a goal in the Lions' 2-1 win at Northeastern over the weekend.
Najem's Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 6 shots, 6 SOG
Cornell junior defender Peter Chodas (La Canada, Calif.) had a goal and an assist as Cornell stayed undefeated with a pair of wins last week. Chodas, had a hand in both goals in the win over Binghamton, playing a pair of long balls into the box to set up goals, recording an assist on one of them. He followed that up with the game's only goal in a 1-0 win at Saint Joseph's on Saturday to run Cornell's non-League regular season unbeaten streak to 23 straight matches (19-0-4).
Chodas' Statistics for the Week
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 shots, 1 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth freshman goalkeeper James Hickok (Westport, Conn.) earned rookie honors for the second straight week after holding South Carolina scoreless in a 0-0 tie on Sunday. Hickok had six saves in 110 minutes of action. The Big Green (3-0-3) are unbeaten through six games for the first time since 2003 and Hickock owns two of the squad's three shutouts this season.
Hickok's Statistics for the Week
1 GP, 1 GS, 110 min., 0 GA, 6 svs., 1.000 sv pct.
Tuesday, September 24
Penn at Villanova, 4 pm
Lafayette at Cornell, 7 pm
Wednesday, September 25
Boston Univ. at Harvard, 7 pm [IVY]
LIU Brooklyn at Columbia, 7 pm
Friday, September 27
Cornell at Buffalo, 5 pm
Marist at Brown, 7 pm [IVY]
Florida Gulf Coast at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
Florida International at Princeton, 7 pm [IVY]
Saturday, September 28
Albany at Dartmouth, 4 pm [IVY]
Quinnipiac at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Sunday, September 29
Florida International at Penn, noon [IVY]
Cornell at Niagara, 2 pm
St. Francis, (N.Y.) at Harvard, 3 pm
Florida Gulf Coast at Princeton, 4 pm [ESPNU]
Columbia at Fordham, 4:30 pm
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