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Princeton's Bird, Dartmouth's Savage Earn Final Field Hockey Weekly Honors

Dartmouth's Ali Savage (left) and Princeton's Amanda Bird (right).
Dartmouth's Ali Savage (left) and Princeton's Amanda Bird (right).

Updated Overall & Conference Stats (PDF)

PRINCETON, N.J. -- For the first time since 2004 and just the sixth time overall, two Ivy League field hockey teams tied for first in the standings, as Yale and Princeton each finished with a record of 6-1. The Tigers earned the NCAA Tournament automatic bid thanks to a 3-2 win over the Bulldogs on Sept. 24.

Yale’s championship is the second in program history and its first since 1980, when it went 4-0-2 in conference play. The Bulldogs matched the best record in program history, previously set in 2009. Princeton won its 15th League title in the past 17 seasons, including its seventh-straight.

In the final week of the season, Yale defeated Brown, 7-0, for its sixth conference victory. Seniors Kirsten Krebs and Erin Carter each scored twice in the win. The Bulldogs finished the season on a seven-game winning streak, outscoring opponents 34-5 during that stretch.

Princeton shutout Penn, 3-0, in its final game of the season, and will face Rider on Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. in the NCAA Tournament Play-In Game. Tigers sophomore Amanda Bird scored twice in the win over the Quakers, who finished 2-5 in the League to take sixth.

Dartmouth (5-2) and Columbia (5-2) tied for third-place in the conference standings. The Big Green closed out their season with a 2-1 overtime win over Cornell (1-6), which placed seventh. Freshman Ali Savage netted the gamewinning goal just 48 seconds into the extra session.

Columbia shut out Harvard (3-4), 3-0, to knock the Crimson to fifth-place. Senior forward Adriana de Vries saved the best performance of her career for her final game, scoring the game-winner 38 seconds into the contest and assisting on another goal.

In Brown's (0-7) loss to Yale, freshman goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney stopped a career-high 20 shots, five shy of Brown's record for saves in a game.

Princeton sophomore midfielder Amanda Bird (West Vancouver, B.C.) earns Ivy League Player of the Week honors for the first time this season after her two goals led the Tigers to a 3-0 win over Penn last Friday. The win clinched a share of Princeton's seventh consecutive Ivy League title and helped the squad advance to today's NCAA Play-In game versus Northeast conference champion Rider.

After a scoreless first half between Penn and Princeton, Bird netted back-to-back goals at 52:23 and 65:50 to send the Tigers on their way to the victory. It was Bird's second straight two-goal game and she has scored at least one goal in three straight games and four of Princeton's last five. Bird ranks second on the team with nine goals and third with 21 points. She is the first Tiger to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors since Kathleen Sharkey shared the honor on Nov. 9, 2010.

Bird's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 5 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0

Dartmouth freshman forward Ali Savage (Orange, New South Wales, Australia) scored her 12th goal of the season just 48 seconds into overtime to lift the Big Green to a 2-1 win over Cornell in both teams' season finale. The goal was Savage's second overtime game-winning tally of the season, as she also scored the winner at Brown in the team's only other overtime game of 2011. Savage also earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 20 and 27.

Savage's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0

Erica Borgo
, Yale (So., F - Randolph, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 4A, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG

Shannon McSweeney, Brown (Fr., GK - Boxborough, Mass.)
1-1 GP-GS, 70:00 Mins., 7 GA, 7.00 GAA, 20 Svs, 0-1

Christie O'Hara, Columbia (Jr., GK - St. Louis, Mo.)
1-1 GP-GS, 65:24 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 4 Svs, 1-0

Kieran Sweeney, Penn (Sr., GK - Philadelphia, Pa.)
1-1 GP-GS, 70:00 Mins., 3 GA, 3.00 GAA, 10 Svs, 0-1

Adriana de Vries, Columbia (Sr., F - Pittsburgh, Pa.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG

Tuesday, November 8
Rider at Princeton, 1:00 pm (NCAA Play-In)

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 - Amanda Bird (Princeton)

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 - Ali Savage (Dartmouth)

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 (Penn).

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).

November 8 - E. Borgo (Yale), S. McSweeney (Brown), C. O'Hara (Columbia), K. Sweeney (Penn), A. de Vries (Columbia).


Player of the Week
School Last Occurence Player
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 8, 2011 Amanda Bird
Yale November 1, 2011 Erin Carter
Rookie of the Week
Last Occurence Player
Brown November 1, 2011 Meghan O'Donnell
Columbia October 27, 2009 Gabby Kozlowski
Cornell October 26, 2010 Hannah Balleza
Dartmouth November 8, 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

*Shared honor