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Field Hockey Weekly Release - Week 9

Cornell's Hannah Balleza (left) and Columbia's Gabby Kozlowski (right)
Cornell's Hannah Balleza (left) and Columbia's Gabby Kozlowski (right)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Week five of Ivy League play featured a dramatic finish, two shutouts and one of the more impressive individual offensive performances of the season.

On Saturday, Cornell used a Hannah Balleza overtime game-winning goal to remain tied for second in the League standings at 4-1 as the Big Red posted a 2-1 win at Brown. With a goal and an assist, defender Mattie Prodanovic was also instrumental in the Cornell win. For Brown, it was the second dramatic game of the week as the Bears overcame Providence in penalty strokes to record a 2-1 win earlier in the week in non-conference action.

Elsewhere in Ivy play, fifth-ranked Princeton blanked Harvard, 4-0, on the strength of Kathleen Sharkey's three goals. The Crimson was kept in the game by goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos' 10 saves. In Saturday's other contest, Yale saw seven different players score at least one goal as the Bulldogs downed Penn, 10-0, including two goals apiece by Taylor Sankovich, Dinah Landshut and Emily Schuckert.

Then on Sunday, Columbia's Gabby Kozlowski became the first player to net more than three goals in an Ivy League game this season when she netted four against the Big Green and added an assist to lead the Lions to victory. The win pulled Columbia even with Dartmouth in the League standings at 2-3.

Aside from Brown's midweek penalty stroke triumph, Penn downed Saint Joseph's in overtime (4-3) and Yale edged Fairfield (2-1) for the two other non-conference wins by the Ivies. Kristin Snyder scored the Quakers' overtime game-winning goal against the Hawks, while Johna Paolino broke a 1-1 deadlock late in the first half to lead the Bulldogs past the Stags.

Despite firing just one of Columbia's four shots on goal in a 2-0 non-conference setback at Rutgers, Gabby Kozlowski (Voorhees, N.J.) more than made up for it two days later against Ivy rival Dartmouth. The sophomore forward scored a career-high four goals and assisted on the other Columbia goal to help the Lions to a key 5-2 conference win over the Big Green. She had a game-high eight shots versus Dartmouth, seven of which were on goal.  

Kozlowski's first goal was the result of a pass she intercepted before using a quick move to get past a defender, leaving her with just the Dartmouth goalkeeper to beat. Kozlowski's next two goals (the first of which proved to be the game-winning tally) were tip-ins off shots by her teammates. Her final goal was a straight shot off a corner. Kozlowski also assisted on Carson Christus' goal that gave Columbia a 3-1 lead.

Kozlowski's four goals brought her season total to 15 (with two games remaining), matching the program's single-season record previously set in 2000 by Nikki Campbell, who was in attendance as she had been inducted into the Columbia Athletics Hall of Fame two days earlier. Kozlowski is Columbia's first Ivy League Player of the Week in over two years. Caitlin Mullins was the last Lion to earn the honor, doing so on Sept. 16 2008.

Kozlowski's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 4 G, 1 A, 9 Pts., 9 Shots, 8 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1

Freshman forward Hannah Balleza (Columbia, Md.) continued her brilliant rookie season, leading the Big Red to a dramatic Ivy League win over Brown on Saturday afternoon on Warner Roof in Providence, R.I.

In overtime, Balleza tipped a penalty corner shot by Mattie Prodanovic up and over the Bears' goalie to keep Cornell in second place in the Ivy League standings with a record of 4-1. The goal came on Balleza's only shot of the contest.

The goal was Balleza's team-high ninth of the season and also marked her third game-winning tally of the year. She has now earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors twice, having previously done so on Sept. 28.

Balleza's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0 

Katie Hyland, Brown, Sr., M (Riegelsville, Pa.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 6 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, 1Dsv, 1 PS, Team: 1-1

Dinah Landshut, Yale, Jr., MF (Hamburg, Germany)
1-1 GP/GS, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0

Mattie Prodanovic, Cornell, Sr., D  (River Forrest, Ill.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0

Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton, Jr., ST (Moosic, Pa.)
2-2 GP/GS, 3 G, 0 A, 6 Pts., 16 Shots, 11 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1

Emily Schuckert, Yale, Fr., F/MF  (Wilmington, Del.)
2-0 GP/GS, 2G, 0A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0

Kristin Snyder, Penn, Jr., MF (Haddonfield, N.J.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1

Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard, So., GK (Dallas, Texas)
1-1 GP/GS, 70:00 Min., 4 GA, 4.00 GAA, 10 SVS, .714 SV%, 0 Sho, 0-1

With just two Ivy League games remaining on each team's schedule, the race to be named the 2010 Ivy League champion is still up for grabs.

Yale plays host to Columbia in a game that could go a long way in determining the next Ivy Champion. The Lions are coming off a home win to Dartmouth and looking to even their Ivy record at 3-3. But from a Bulldog perspective, a Yale win would, at the very worst, keep it one game out of first with one to play.

The Big Red still control their own destiny so to speak as they host Princeton this weekend. If Cornell - the last Ivy team to beat the Tigers - were to pull off the upset, the teams would be tied atop the standings (possibly with Yale as well), with Cornell then holding the head-to-head tiebreaker against Princeton entering the final weekend of Ivy play.  

Also in Ivy play, Harvard plays at Dartmouth, with both teams looking to snap losing streaks. A Harvard win would pull the Crimson level with the Big Green in the League standings, while a win by Dartmouth would even its Ivy record at 3-3. In Sunday's League contest, Brown plays at Penn, with both teams searching for a second League win of the season.

Tuesday, October 26
Brown at Holy Cross, 4 pm

Wednesday, October 27
Boston College at Harvard, 4 pm

Saturday, October 30
*Princeton at Cornell, Noon
*Columbia at Yale, 1 pm
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 1 pm

Sunday, October 31
*Brown at Penn, Noon
Villanova at Cornell, Noon
Vermont at Dartmouth, Noon

*Ivy League contest