PRINCETON, N.J. -- After the second to last weekend of regular-season play, four teams remain in the hunt for the 2011 Ivy League title, with Princeton and Yale in the driver’s seat heading into the final set of four games. The Tigers and Bulldogs are tied for first with 5-1 marks in Ivy play and could each wrap-up at least a share of the 2011 Ivy League Championship with a win this weekend.
Yale briefly gained sole possession of first place in the standings with a 3-1 win at Columbia on Friday night, led by Erin Carter’s two goals. Playing two days later, Princeton kept pace with Yale by recording a 6-1 win over Cornell in which Amanda Bird had two goals and an assist and Kelsey Byrne and Charlotte Krause each added a goal and an assist for the Tigers.
In last week’s other League tilts, Penn bested Brown, 3-2, and Dartmouth edged Harvard, 1-0, in pair of one-goal games.
Penn’s Alex Iqbal led the Quakers with a pair of goals versus the Bears. She put the Quakers up 1-0, and then Brown and Penn traded goals and the teams took a 2-2 tie to halftime. Iqbal then scored the decisive goal at 52:58 to give Penn its second Ivy win of the season.
The Big Green’s Maya Herm scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 49:41 in its win at Harvard. Crimson goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos made nine saves to keep Harvard in the game, but Dartmouth goalkeeper Jenna Stearns turned aside all four shots she faced to record the shutout.
In non-conference play, Brown downed Holy Cross (7-1), Columbia defeated Lafayette (1-0), and Yale beat Holy Cross (8-0) to pick up wins for the League. Harvard also dropped a narrow 4-3 overtime decision to 10th-ranked New Hampshire in a game that saw Tassopoulos make 14 saves and freshman Catriona McDonald score her first two goals career goals for the Crimson.
Princeton and Yale are the leaders in the standings heading into the final weekend of play, and with 5-1 marks still control whether or not they can earn at least a share of the League title. Should both teams win, they would be named co-champions. If either Princeton or Yale earned a win and the other team lost, that winning team would be the 2011 Ivy League Champion.
If Princeton and Yale both lost this weekend, Columbia and Dartmouth could also tie for the title with wins. In the scenario in which Princeton and Yale fall, there could be a three or four-way tie sharing of the 2011 Ivy League title depending on how Columbia and Dartmouth fare.
Regardless of who wins or ties for the 2011 Ivy League Championship, the team that either finishes alone atop the standings or ends up winning a series of tiebreakers to claim the League’s automatic bid to the 2011 NCAA Championships field will play host to a NCAA Championship play-in game at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8.
The Ivy League’s automatic qualifier will play host to the Northeast Conference (NEC) Champion. The NEC’s qualifier will be the winner of the conference’s tournament championship game, which will be played at noon on Saturday, Nov. 5. Monmouth (No. 2 seed) plays Quinnipiac (No. 3) and Rider (No. 1) takes on Saint Francis (No. 4) at Rider on Friday, Nov. 4 in the NEC semifinal games.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the third time this season after her eight-point week led the Bulldogs to a pair of wins. Her work on the defensive end also limited the opposition to just one goal in Yale’s two games
Carter kept the Bulldogs in the 2011 Ivy title race by scoring two goals, including the game winner, in the Yale’s 3-1 Ivy win at Columbia on Friday night. She also helped Yale hold Columbia's leading scorer Gabby Kozlowski, who had 10 goals entering the game, without a shot on goal.
Then on Sunday, Carter chipped in with two more goals as Yale downed Holy Cross, 8-0. Her insurance tally at 11:17 that put the Bulldogs up 2-0 and was Yale's 56th goal of the season, breaking the school record for goals scored in a single season.
Carter has a career-best 16 goals this season to lead the team. The 16 goals rank as the fifth-best single-season total in school history, while her 36 points this season ranks as the fourth best mark in school history. Carter also earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors on Sept. 13 and Oct. 11.
2-2 GP-GS, 4G, 8 Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Meghan O'Donnell (Winchester, Mass.) helped lead Brown to a 1-1 week with seven points in two games on three goals and an assist. In Brown's 7-1 win over Holy Cross, O'Donnell scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and also added an assist. She gave Brown a 2-0 lead 14:30 into the game, taking the ball in the center of the circle, pulling the goalie out of the cage before beating the goalie on a reverse to the far corner. She posted her first career assist on the goal that gave Brown a 5-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half and then scored her second of the game to give Brown a 6-0 lead just 2:02 later.
On Saturday against Penn, O'Donnell scored her team-leading eighth goal of the season, tying the score at 1-1 just three minutes after Penn had taken a 1-0 lead. For the season, she leads Brown with 17 points on eight goals and an assist. She is the second Brown Bear to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining Shannon McSweeney, who earned the accolade on Oct. 11.
2-0 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 7 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG, Team: 1-1
Amanda Bird, Princeton (So., M/F - West Vancouver, B.C.)
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG
Alex Iqbal, Penn (Fr., M - Darien, Conn.)
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Catriona McDonald, Harvard (Fr., F - Ipswich, England)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 5 Shots, 3 SOG
Christie O'Hara, Columbia (Jr., GK - St. Louis,
3-3 GP-GS, 240:00 Mins., 4 GA, 1.17 GAA, 22 Svs, 1 Sho, 1-2
Kirstin Snyder, Penn (Sr., A - Haddonfield, N.J.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG
Jenna Stearns, Dartmouth (Jr., GK - Thorton, N.H.)
1-1 GP-GS, 70:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 4 Svs, 1 Sho, 1-0
Torie Stearns, Brown (So., F - Rye, N.Y.)
2-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 9 Shots, 6 SOG
Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard (Jr., GK - Dallas, Texas)
2-2 GP-GS, 141:35 Mins., 5 GA, 2.47 GAA, 23 Svs, 0-2
Friday, November 4
*Harvard at Columbia, 6:30 pm
*Princeton at Penn, 7:15 pm
Saturday, November 5
*Brown at Yale, 1 pm
Sunday, November 6
*Cornell at Dartmouth, Noon
* - Ivy League game
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
September 6 - Carolyn Horner (Cornell)
September 13 - Erin Carter (Yale)
September 20 - Kelly Hood (Dartmouth)
September 27 - Carly Dickson (Harvard)
October 4 - Lisa Masini (Dartmouth)
October 11 - Erin Carter (Yale)
October 18 - Georgia Holland (Yale)
October 25 - Gabby Kozlowski (Columbia)
November 1 - Erin Carter (Yale)
November 8 -
ROOKIES OF THE WEEK
September 6 - Sydney Jenkins (Harvard)
September 13 - Allison Evans (Princeton)
September 20 - Ali Savage (Dartmouth)
September 27 - Ali Savage (Dartmouth)
October 4 - Sydney Kirby (Princeton)
October 11 - Shannon McSweeney (Brown)
October 18 - Alex Iqbal (Penn)
October 25 - Noel Painter (Harvard)
November 1 - Meghan O'Donnell (Brown)
November 8 -
September 6 - E. Cain (Yale), K. Hood (Dartmouth), B. McGillivray (Harvard), C. O’Hara (Columbia), S. McSweeney (Brown).
September 13 - K. Hood (Dartmouth), C. Horner (Cornell), M. O'Donnell (Brown), K. Snyder (Penn), C. Tassopoulos (Harvard).
September 20 - A. Botte (Cornell), E. Borgo (Yale), K. Keating (Harvard), S. McSweeney (Brown), C. O'Hara (Columbia), K. Sweeney (Penn).
September 27 - A. Burns (Brown), E. Carter (Yale), E. Corcoran (Penn), S. Kirby (Princeton), S. McSweeney (Brown), N. Painter (Harvard), P. Simmons (Columbia).
October 4 - H. Caniglia (Penn), G. McGillivray (Harvard), G. Holland (Yale), S. McSweeney, (Brown), C. O'Hara (Columbia), N. Painter (Harvard), A. Savage (Dartmouth).
October 11 - K. DeSandis (Columbia), A. Evans (Princeton), A. Savage (Dartmouth), T. Stearns (Brown), K. Stone (Cornell), K. Sweeney (Penn), C. Tassopoulos (Harvard), B. Thompson (Cornell).
October 18 - O. Boyd (Cornell), A. Evans (Princeton), L. Freaney (Columbia), G. McGillivray (Harvard), P. Simmons (Columbia), J. Tahan (Penn).
October 25 - E.
Borgo (Yale), A. Botte (Cornell), A. Evans (Princeton), K. Hood
(Dartmouth), C. O'Hara (Columbia), C. Rea (Harvard), J. Tahan
November 1 - A. Bird (Princeton), A. Iqbal (Penn), C. McDonald, (Harvard), C. O’Hara (Columbia), K. Snyder (Penn), J. Stearns (Dartmouth), T. Stearns (Brown), C. Tassopoulos (Harvard).
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the
|Brown||November 2, 2010*||Leslie Springmeyer|
|Columbia||October 25, 2011||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||September 6, 2011||Carolyn Horner
|Dartmouth||October 4, 2011||Lisa Masini
|Harvard||September 27, 2011||Carly Dickson
|Penn||September 18, 2007||Kara Bolger|
|Princeton||November 9, 2010*||Kathleen Sharkey|
|Yale||November 1, 2011||Erin Carter
|Rookie of the
|Brown||November 1, 2011||Meghan O'Donnell
|Columbia||October 27, 2009||Gabby Kozlowski|
|Cornell||October 26, 2010||Hannah Balleza|
|Dartmouth||September 27, 2011||Ali Savage
|Harvard||October 25, 2011||Noel Painter
|Penn||October 18, 2011||Alex Iqbal
|Princeton||October 4, 2011||Sydney Kirby
|Yale||November 9, 2010||Erica Borgo|