PRINCETON, N.J. -- The opening weekend of Ivy League play saw Columbia and Yale persevere to earn one-goal road victories at Brown and Harvard, respectively. The Princeton Tigers carried over their dominant form in league play from a season ago to earn a win against Dartmouth. Cornell saved its most complete performance of the season thus far for when it hosted Penn as the Big Red matched their season high for goals (4) and did not allow the Quakers to get on the board. Highlights outside of League play included Brown's first win of the season, 6-2 over Bryant, and Princeton's defeat of eighth-ranked Syracuse, which was earned by a Michelle Cesan game-winning goal with 1:16 to play.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Leslie Springmeyer (New Vernon, N.J.) led the Bears with four goals in a 1-1 weekend, scoring two against both Columbia and Bryant. Against the Lions in the Ivy League opener for both squads, Springmeyer, who did not start, entered the game at 5:47 and just 25 seconds later she scored her first goal of the year to give Brown a 1-0 lead. After Columbia had taken a 3-2 lead at the 44:04 mark, Springmeyer answered for Brown just 1:19 later to tie the score at 3-3.
Less than 24 hours after the Columbia game, Springmeyer helped lead Brown to its first win of the season with a pair of goals against Bryant. After the Bulldogs had taken a 1-0 lead just 1:40 into the game, Springmeyer answered just 2:19 later to tie the game at 1-1. After Bryant had tied the score at 2-2, Brown would take a 3-2 lead. Just 27 seconds after Brown's third goal, Springmeyer knocked another one in to give the Bears a 4-2 lead with 25 minutes remaining.
Her offensive outburst helped her climb the in the Brown record books, finishing the weekend ranked sixth all-time at Brown with 22 career goals (one shy of fifth) and ranking seventh all-time with 58 career points (one shy of sixth). Springmeyer was also the last Bear to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, having done so on Noveber 11, 2008.
Springmeyer's Weekly Stats
2-1 GP/GS, 4 G, 0 A, 8 Pts., 11 Shots, 9 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman goalkeeper Christina Maida (Doylestown, Pa.) opened the weekend by playing in the first half of Princeton's 9-1 defeat of Dartmouth without conceding a goal. Then, in a showdown of top-10 ranked teams, Maida led the Tigers to a 1-0 win against eighth-ranked Princeton. She turned in six saves in that contest, all of which proved vital as the game hung in the balance until Cesan's late game winner.
The Syracuse offense entered Sunday's game averaging 3.14 goals per game and had scored at least one goal in each of its previous seven contests, but Maida and the Princeton defense blanked the Orange. Maida's shutout was her second of the season. She is Princeton's first League Rookie of the Week since November 10, 2009 when Cesan earned the honor.
Maida's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 105:00 Min., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 6 SVS, 1.000 SV%, 1 Sho, 2-0
Michelle Cesan, Princeton, So., ST (Harding, N.J.)
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 1 A, 5 Pts., 11 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0
Julie Garrison, Columbia, Sr., M, (Virginia Beach, Va.)
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 0 A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1
Torie Stearns, Brown, Fr., F (Rye, N.Y.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 3 A, 5 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1
Catie De Stio, Cornell, Sr., F (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1G, 2A, 3 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0
Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard, So., GK (Dallas, Texas)
2-2 GP/GS, 140:00 Min., 4 GA, 2.00 GAA, 17 SVS, .810 SV%, 0 Sho, 0-2
The Ivies are set for the second week of League play. In an interesting scheduling quirk, each of last weekend's League game winners will play each other, with each of last weekend's losers also meeting. But before League play gets underway, the Ivies will be involved in a pair of rivalry games on Wednesday night. Local bragging rights are on the line when Northeastern plays at Harvard and Penn plays at Villanova.
Then on Friday, a battle of Ivy League unbeatens will take place in New York, N.Y. when Cornell and Columbia square off. The other matchup with 1-0 League teams will be played at Yale on Saturday when the Bulldogs play host to No. 4 Princeton. Also on Saturday, Brown, Dartmouth Penn and Harvard will each be looking to get in the Ivy League win column. The Bears play at Dartmouth, while the Crimson travel south to face the Quakers.
The weekend non-conference slate is highlighted by No. 3 Virginia's trip to Ithaca, N.Y. to take on the Big Red on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Yale hosts Hofstra and Dartmouth hosts Holy Cross.
Wednesday, September 22
Northeastern at Harvard -- 6 pm
Penn at Villanova -- 7 pm
Friday, September 24
*Cornell at Columbia -- 3 pm
Saturday, September 25
*Harvard at Penn -- Noon
*No. 4 Princeton at Yale -- Noon
*Brown at Dartmouth -- Noon
Sunday, September 26
No. 3 Virginia at Cornell -- Noon
Hofstra at Yale -- 2 pm
Holy Cross at Dartmouth -- 2 pm
*Ivy League contest