PRINCETON, N.J. -- Round four of Ivy League
action will be an important one as two unbeatens face off, two
others seek a third win and two teams are in search of their first
League win of the year.
Princeton (7-4-0, 3-0-0) and Columbia (7-2-2, 2-0-1) remain unbeaten in Ivy play entering this week, and will face off in New York Saturday at 4 p.m.
Harvard (5-4-1, 2-1-0) has won a current league best three straight and looks to make it four in a row at Brown (5-4-3, 0-2-1) Saturday at 2 p.m.
While the Bears will seek their first Ivy win against the Crimson, Cornell (5-6-0, 0-3-0) will do the same when hosting Yale (5-6-1, 1-2-0) Saturday at 4 p.m. The final Ivy match-up of the week is Penn (5-6-0, 2-1-0) at Dartmouth (3-6-1, 1-2-0) Saturday at 7 p.m.
Earlier in the week, five Ivies look to boost their overall records with non-league contests. Columbia travels to Long Island on Tuesday while Wednesday's slate features Rhode Island at Brown, Lehigh at Princeton, Wagner at Penn and Boston University at Dartmouth.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Columbia's Ashlin Yahr (Rancho Santa Fe, Calif.) and Yale's Becky Brown (Lawrenceville, N.J.) near single-handedly provided their teams the offense needed to earn Ivy victories last week, earning Co-Player of the Week honors. This is the second such honor for Brown, who was the League's Player of the Week on Sept. 6.
Yahr was instrumental in Columbia's 2-1 win over Penn, netting both goals as the Lions remain unbeaten in Ivy play. The junior forward scored her first goal at the 27-minute mark, as she finished at the doorstep off a rebound. After Penn scored the equalizer in the 34th minute, Yahr found the back of the net again with 3:08 remaining in the first half. Junior Marissa Schultz played a ball from the right side far post, and Yahr pounced on the chance from close range for her fifth goal of the year.
Yahr has scored three goals in Ivy League play to lead the conference, including two game-winners. She also leads the Lions in scoring with five goals, which ties her for third among Ivy players.
Much like Yahr, Brown had a hand, or foot, in all of Yale's goals in a 3-1 win over Dartmouth. With her team trailing 1-0, the senior forward tied the score when she showed a soft touch in the box after controlling a cross. Brown then set up Yale's next two goals, including Kristen Forster's game-winner, pushing her team-leading totals to four goals and three assists.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Maddie Wiener (Portland, Ore.) becomes Brown's fourth Rookie of the Week for the 2010 season after tallying a pair of goals in a 2-0 win over Holy Cross last week.
The goals were the first of Wiener's career and gave the Bears their fifth win of the season. Her first career goal came in the 40th minute when she launched a high shot from 40 yards out that hit the upper right corner of the net. She doubled Brown's lead just 3:20 into the second half when she converted a goal-line cross by classmate Louisa Pitney for her second goal of the game. She also had one shot on goal in a 1-0 loss to League-leading Princeton.
Colleen Barry, Penn, Junior, Defender (La Grangeville, N.Y.)
1/1 GP/GS, 1G, 0A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG - Team 0-1-0
Lindsey Kowal, Harvard, Junior, Defender (East Meadow, N.Y.)
1/1 GP/GS, 1G, 0A, 2 Pts., 1 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG - Team: 1-0-0
Aly O'Dea, Dartmouth, Junior, Forward (Irvine, Calif.)
1/1 GP/GS, 1G, 0A, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG - Team: 0-1-0
Kristin Watson, Princeton, Sophomore, Goalkeeper (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
2/2 GP/GS, 8 Saves, 2 GA, 1 Shutout - Team 1-1-0
Jessica Wright, Harvard, Freshman, Goalkeeper (Mamaroneck, N.Y.)
1/1 GP/GS, 3 Saves, 0 GA, 1 Shutout - Team 1-0-0
Tuesday, October 12
Columbia at Long Island, 6 pm
Wednesday, October 13
Rhode Island at Brown, 4:30 pm
Lehigh at Princeton, 7 pm
Wagner at Penn, 7 pm
Boston U. at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Saturday, October 6
*Harvard at Brown, 2 pm
*Yale at Cornell, 4 pm
*Princeton at Columbia, 4 pm
*Penn at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Ivy League game