PRINCETON, N.J. -- After the second weekend of Ivy League play, which featured two matchups of League unbeatens, fourth-ranked Princeton and Cornell each moved to 2-0 to stay atop the League standings. Princeton downed Yale, 7-0, and Cornell outlasted Columbia in a double overtime thriller, 3-2. Harvard downed Penn, 2-0, and Dartmouth defeated Brown, 4-2, to even their respective League records at 1-1.
In non-conference action, Cornell hung tough with No. 3 Virginia but ultimately fell at home to the Cavaliers, 5-2. Yale rebounded from its loss to Princeton to record a 4-2 victory over Hofstra and Dartmouth recorded its first shutout of the season, a 5-0 triumph over Holy Cross.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior midfielder Kelly Hood (Berlin, N.H.) racked up the points in two games last weekend, helping Dartmouth record two victories en route to improving to 6-1 on the year, its best start to a season since 2001. Hood tallied her second hat trick of the season on Saturday as the Big Green downed Brown, 4-2, to even its Ivy record at 1-1. All three of Hood’s goals versus Brown came off penalty corners. She notched seven shots in the game.
Then, in a nonconference tilt with Holy Cross on Sunday, Hood helped Dartmouth to its first shutout of 2010 and added two goals and two assists in the 5-0 victory. She assisted on the first two goals of the game and then scored the last two off penalty corners.
Hood already has 22 points this season and leads the team in shots on goal with 31. She was the last Dartmouth player to be named Ivy League Player of the Week, having shared the honor on Nov. 3, 2009.
Hood’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 5 G, 2 A, 12 Pts., 21 Shots, 11 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell’s Hannah Balleza (Severna Park, Md.) was instrumental in helping the Big Red to a 3-2 overtime victory over conference foe Columbia. The freshman forward got Cornell on the board in the early going, converting a penalty stroke to give the Big Red a 1-0 lead in the 20th minute of action. She later assisted on Catie De Stio’s game-winner with 2:23 to play in the second overtime period.
Balleza also got the start against No. 3 Virginia and helped the Big Red keep the game close, as the teams went to halftime tied at 1-1. Her goal and assist versus Columbia helped the Big Red improve to 2-0 in Ivy League play, marking the third consecutive year Cornell has begun League play with a 2-0 record. Balleza is the first player from Cornell to garner Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors since Sept. 9, 2008 when Melanie Jue earned the distinction.
Balleza’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1
Catie De Stio, Cornell, Sr., F (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
2-2 GP/GS, 3G, 0A, 6 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1
Carly Dickson, Harvard, Jr., M (Victoria, B.C., Canada)
2-2 GP/GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1
Julie Garrison, Columbia, Sr., M, (Virginia Beach, Va.)
1-1 GP/GS, 2 G, 0A, 4 Pts. 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1
Mia Rosati, Yale, Jr., F (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1
Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton, Jr., ST (Moosic, Pa.)
1-1 GP/GS, 3 G, 0 A, 6 Pts., 9 Shots, 8 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
Though it is only the third week of Ivy League play, there are already some important games on the League slate. On Friday, Princeton takes its 2-0 record to Columbia, who will be looking to rebound from an overtime defeat last weekend by scoring an upset win over the Tigers. On Saturday, Harvard plays at rival Brown, Penn makes the trip North to face Dartmouth and Yale treks to Cornell to try and halt the Big Red’s two-game League winning streak.
The non-conference slate begins with two games on Tuesday, including Fairfield playing at Brown and No. 4 Princeton hosting No. 2 Maryland in a rematch of one of last season’s NCAA semifinal matches, in which the Terps edged the Tigers, 7-5. The Penn Quakers face Lafayette on Wednesday before the League schedule is played out on Friday and Saturday.
Sunday will also be a busy day for the Ivies as Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth and Harvard all play non-conference games.
Tuesday, September 28
Fairfield at Brown -- 4 pm
No. 2 Maryland at No. 4 Princeton -- 6 pm
Wednesday, September 29
Penn at Lafayette -- 7 pm
Friday, October 1
Princeton at Columbia* -- 6 pm
Saturday, October 2
Harvard at Brown* -- Noon
Penn at Dartmouth* -- Noon
Yale at Cornell* -- Noon
Sunday, October 3
Columbia at Holy Cross -- Noon
American at Princeton -- 1 pm
St. Francis (Pa.) at Cornell -- 1 pm
Maine at Dartmouth -- 2 pm
Bucknell at Harvard -- 2 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest