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.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
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
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
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)
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 - Amanda Bird (Princeton)
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 - 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).
WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY
|Player of the Week
|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
|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|