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Field Hockey Weekly Release - Week 8

Penn's Alex Iqbal (left) and Yale's Georgia Holland (right)

Updated Overall & Conference Stats (PDF)

PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivies had a busy week that included a 5-2 mark in non-conference play as well as four League games and when it was all said and done, the Ivy standings became even tighter at the top. Five teams are now tied for first with just three weekends of Ivy play remaining.  

In Ivy action, Columbia downed Penn, 5-1 and Yale defeated Dartmouth, who entered the game with a 3-0 mark in Ivy play, also by the score of 5-1. Elsewhere, Princeton blanked Brown, 6-0, and Harvard downed Cornell, 3-1, meaning Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale Columbia and Princeton all moved into a tie for first with 3-1 Ivy records on the year.

The Columbia offense built a 2-0 lead versus Penn and never looked back as five different Lions found the back of the net in the win. Seniors Leti Freaney and Carson Christus each recorded a goal and an assist and freshman Marlee Silverstein tallied three saves to earn the win in her first career start. In non-conference play, Columbia defeated Virginia Commonwealth, 2-1, and Penn downed Appalachian State, 5-2.

Yale and Dartmouth were tied at 1-1 in their contest midway through the first half, but the Bulldogs scored the game’s next four goals to hand the Big Green its first League loss of the season. Sophomore Georgia Holland led the Yale offense with a hat trick and sophomore goalkeeper Emily Cain made 13 saves for the win. Holland’s hat trick was the first in Ivy play this season.

Princeton hit the road and found its offensive stride. Not only did the Tigers score six goals but they also forced Brown goalie Shannon McSweeney into making 12 saves on the day. Princeton took a 1-0 lead on a Rachel Neufeld goal just 6:47 into the game and went on to earn its sixth win of the season. Neufeld finished with two goals, while Allison Evans had two goals and an assist for the Tigers.

Harvard earned a 3-1 win at Cornell to keep pace with the four other first place teams. Georgia McGillivray paced the Crimson offense with a goal and an assist, while Kim Goh and Noel Painter also scored for the visitors. Katherine Stone of Cornell tied the game, 1-1, at 42:05, where it would stay until Goh broke the deadlock at 59:34. Both goalkeepers were tested as Harvard’s Cynthia Tassopoulos and Connell’s Alex Botte finished the game with seven saves apiece. In non-conference action, Cornell was able to win a pair of games. The Big Red downed Bucknell, 3-1, and Georgetown, 4-2, for a 2-1 record on the week.

Looking ahead to next week’s schedule, the drama of the 2011 title chase will begin to build around a pair of first-place matchups when Princeton visits Harvard and Columbia travels to play at Dartmouth. Both games will take place at noon on Saturday Oct. 22.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale sophomore Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) led the Bulldogs to a pair of wins last week, not only pacing the offense with four goals, but the midfielder/back also helped Yale’s defense, which only allowed one goal in the two games. With Holland leading the way, Yale downed Dartmouth, 5-1, in a conference showdown and then blanked Fairfield, 6-0.

Holland scored the first hat trick in League play of the 2011 season on Saturday as her three goals versus the Big Green helped lift the Bulldogs into a five-way tie for first in the Ivy League standings. She scored the game-tying goal on a penalty corner just three minutes after Dartmouth had taken a 1-0 lead. She added a goal in Sunday's win over Fairfield and her two defensive saves against the Stags helped preserve Yale's first shutout of the year. Holland, who is third on the team in goals with six, is the second Bulldog to earn Ivy league Player of the Week honors this season, joining teammate Erin Carter, who did so on Oct. 11 and Sept. 13

Holland's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 4G, 8 Pts., 13 Shots, 5 SOG, 2 Def. Svs., Team: 2-0

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman midfielder Alex Iqbal (Darien, Conn.) had a breakout performance on the offensive end in Penn’s three games last week, notching the first seven points of her Quaker career on three goals and an assist.

Iqbal recorded her first point in a Penn uniform versus Lehigh when she assisted on a Sarah Hasson goal that staked the Quakers to a 1-0 lead at the time. Then on Sunday, with Penn holding a narrow 2-1 lead over Appalachian State, Iqbal scored three unanswered goals to put the game out of reach for the visitors. It was the first hat trick by a Penn player since the 2009 season. Iqbal is the first Quaker to earn Rookie of the Week honors since Julie Tahan earned the honor on Nov. 2, 2010.

Iqbal's Weekly Stats
3-3 GP-GS, 3G, 1A, 7 Pts., 8 Shots, 7 SOG, Team: 1-2

HONOR ROLL
Olivia Boyd, Cornell (Sr., F - Needham, Mass.)
3-2 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG

Allison Evans, Princeton (Fr., M - Macungie, Pa.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG

Leti Freaney, Columbia (Sr., M - Elizaville, N.Y.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 2 GWG

Georgia McGillivray, Harvard (Sr., B - Victoria, B.C.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG

Paige Simmons
, Columbia (Jr., M - Del Mar, Calif.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG

Julie Tahan, Penn (So., A - Morristown, N.J.)
3-3 GP-GS, 2G, 3A, 7 Pts., 15 Shots, 8 SOG
 

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, October 18
Brown at Providence, 7 pm

Saturday, October 22
*Princeton at Harvard, Noon
*Brown at Cornell, Noon
*Columbia at Dartmouth, Noon

Sunday, October 23
Rutgers at Cornell, Noon
*Yale at Penn, 1 pm
Colgate at Harvard, 1 pm
Boston College at Dartmouth, 2 pm

* - 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 - Geirgia Holland (Yale)
October 25
November 1
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
November 1
November 8

HONOR ROLLS
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), Ali 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
November 1
November 8

WEEKLY AWARD HISTORY

Player of the Week
School Last Occurence Player
Brown November 2, 2010* Leslie Springmeyer
Columbia October 26, 2010 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 October 18, 2011 Georgia Holland
     
Rookie of the Week
School
Last Occurence Player
Brown October 11, 2011 Shannon McSweeney
Columbia October 27, 2009 Gabby Kozlowski
Cornell October 26, 2010 Hannah Balleza
Dartmouth September 27, 2011 Ali Savage
Harvard September 6, 2011 Sydney Jenkins
Penn October 18, 2011 Alex Iqbal
Princeton October 4, 2011 Sydney Kirby
Yale November 9, 2010 Erica Borgo

*Shared honor