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Women's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 4

Columbia's Chelsea Ryan (left), Dartmouth's Tatiana Saunders (middle), Cornell's Kelsey Tierney (right)
Columbia's Chelsea Ryan (left), Dartmouth's Tatiana Saunders (middle), Cornell's Kelsey Tierney (right)

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Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Cornell Athletic Communications and Dartmouth Athletics Communications

PRINCETON, N.J. -- Now the real season begins. The Ivy League women's soccer squads enter conference play with seven of the eight teams at .500 or better, setting up what should be an exciting race to the League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

The only Ivy squad not at .500, Dartmouth (2-3-1), is coming off a tough non-conference schedule that included a pair of Big Ten teams, an American Athletic Conference squad and a BIG EAST member. Last week, the Big Green battled to a scoreless draw with St. John's, marking just the second time this season the Red Storm had been shut out, and defeated Maine, 1-0.

Cornell (5-2-1) remained in first-place in the League standings thanks to a 2-1 week. The Big Red beat Binghamton, 2-0, to extend its unbeaten streak to four games, the program's longest since the 2005 campaign when it won six straight to open the season. Cornell then saw its undefeated run come to an end at the hands of Cincinnati, 1-0, before bouncing back to start a new streak with a 4-0 win over NJIT. Sophomore Caroline Growney scored three goals on the week, including each of her team's two scores in the win over Binghamton.

Penn (4-0-2) recorded its fifth straight shutout to open the season with a 0-0 draw with William & Mary. It marked their longest streak of consecutive clean sheets since 2011, when they shut out seven straight opponents. Penn then gave up its first two goals of the season, falling behind ODU 2-0 in the first half. But the Quakers were able to battle back to a 2-2 tie to remain undefeated on the season.

Brown (4-2-0), Columbia (4-2-1) and Harvard (3-3-1) each won a pair of games last week. The Crimson has won three in a row, all shutouts. Princeton (3-1-2) went undefeated on the week with a 1-0 victory over Saint Joseph's and a 1-1 tie with William & Mary, while Yale (4-3-0) shut out Hartford, 2-0, before dropping a pair of one-goal games to Sacred Heart (2-1) and Fairfield (1-0).

This coming week features the open of Ivy League play, as 2010 champ Penn will face 2011 title winner Harvard on Sept. 27 at 5:00 p.m. and Cornell will host Columbia later that day at 7:00 p.m. On Sept. 28, Princeton looks to win its eighth consecutive Ivy League contest when it takes on Yale at 4:00 p.m., while Dartmouth and Brown will square off on Sept. 29 at 1:00 p.m.

The Ivy League® Digital Network features three games this week. UMass-Lowell will face Dartmouth on Sept. 26 at 7:00 p.m., while Sept. 29 features the Big Green at Brown at 1:00 p.m. and Lehigh at Penn at 2:30 p.m.

Columbia won both of its games last week thanks to a defense led by senior Chelsea Ryan (Avon, Conn.). Not only did Ryan and the Lions shut out both Albany and FDU, but she was also a factor in four of the team's five goals on the week. She tallied all three goals in Columbia's 3-0 win over Albany, marking the second hat trick in program history and the first since Meredith Corkery accomplished the feat on Oct. 9, 2001. Ryan assisted on the Lions' first goal in their 2-0 win over FDU, finding Natalie Melo for the score in the 68th minute.

Ryan takes home her second career Ivy League weekly award after being named Rookie of the Week on Sept. 13, 2010. She is the first Lion to earn a weekly award in 2013.

Ryan's Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 1A, 7 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1-1 PK, 1 GW

Not to be outdone, Dartmouth also shut out a pair of teams last week, including a St. John's squad that came into the game 6-1 overall. On the road, on ESPN3, the Big Green battled to a scoreless draw with the Red Storm, thanks to the play of junior goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders (Rye, N.Y.), who matched her career-high with eight saves. Saunders then picked up her second clean sheet of the season, and ninth of her career, by posting four saves in a 1-0 shutout victory over Maine.

Saunders picks up her first career Ivy League weekly award and the first weekly honor for a Big Green this season.

Saunders' Weekly Stats
2 GP-2 GS, 200:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 12 Svs., 1.00 Sv. %, 1-0-1, 2 SO

Cornell's impressive season continued last week as the Big Red went 2-1, thanks in part to the play of freshman goalkeeper Kelsey Tierney (Garden City, N.Y.). Tierney got the start in all three games and proved why she belonged in front of the net, with 11 saves and a 0.37 goals-against average in the three contests. She recorded her first career shutout with three saves in a 2-0 win over Binghamton, stopped a personal-best six shots in a 1-0 loss to Cincinnati and then made two saves in just over 61 minutes of work in the Big Red's 4-0 win over NJIT.

Tierney is the second Big Red to be named Rookie of the Week this season, joining Elizabeth Crowell (Sept. 16). It marks the first time that Cornell earned two Rookie of the Week awards in a single season since 2007, when Natalie Zandt and Lena Russomagno were the recipients.

Tierney's Weekly Stats
3 GP-3 GS, 241:33 Mins., 1 GA, 0.37 GAA, 11 Svs., .917 Sv. %, 2-1, 1 SO

Chloe Cross, Brown (Jr., F – Seattle)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 9 Shots, 7 SOG, 1 GW

Shannon FitzPatrick, Columbia (Sr., D – Johns Creek, Ga.)
2 GP, 2 SO

Caroline Growney, Cornell (So., F – Albuquerque, N.M.)
3 GP, 3G, 6 Pts., 7 Shots, 6 SOG, 1-1 PK, 1 GW

Tyler Lussi, Princeton (Fr., F – Lutherville, Md.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 8 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW

Gabrielle Ragazzo, Princeton (Jr., D – Jacksonville, Fla.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG

Lindsey Sawczuk, Penn (Fr., M – Alexandria, Va.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG

Kerry Scalora, Penn (Sr., F – Berlin, Conn.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 7 Shots, 2 SOG

Elizabeth Weisman, Harvard (Sr., F – Atherton, Calif.)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts, 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW

Carly Gould, Brown (Fr., M – Hampton Falls, N.H.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts, 2 Shots, 2 SOG

Tuesday, September 24
Princeton at Fordham, 7 pm

Thursday, September 26
UMass-Lowell at Dartmouth, 7 pm [IVY]

Friday, September 27
*Penn at Harvard, 5 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 7 pm

Saturday, September 28
*Yale at Princeton, 4 pm

Sunday, September 29
*Dartmouth at Brown, 1 pm [IVY]
Lehigh at Penn, 2:30 pm [IVY]
Harvard at CCSU, 6 pm
LIU Brooklyn at Columbia, 7 pm

*-Ivy League Contest
[IVY]-Streamed on The Ivy League® Digital Network