PRINCETON, N. J. -- Ivy League play got
underway this past weekend, with the road teams posting a 2-1
record in the first three Ivy games of the season. Twelfth-ranked
Cornell made the trip to New Haven, Conn., and handed the Bulldogs
their first loss of the season, 10-8. Yale had opened the year with
four straight wins but a four-goal performance by Steve
Mock helped the Big Red earn the win. Harvard was the
other team to open League play with a road win, downing Brown,
11-7, on a pair of hat tricks by Dean Gibbons and
Ryan Stevens. Eighteenth-ranked Penn kicked off
its Ivy season with an historic 8-3 home win over 11th-ranked
Princeton, its first win over the Tigers since 1989.
The Ivies also played three non-conference games. Dartmouth, which had the Ivy bye, fell in a shootout at seventh-ranked Duke on Sunday, 18-10. Earlier in the week, Harvard took out Massachusetts rival Holy Cross, 10-4, and 15th-ranked Villanova came up with its second consecutive one-goal win over an Ivy foe, this time taking out Princeton, 10-9.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell sophomore attackman Steve Mock (Huntington, N.Y.) led the Big Red to a 10-8 Ivy League win over Yale on Saturday afternoon by scoring four goals, which matched his career high mark. Mock’s four goals came on just eight shots and were registered during a decisive 6-3 scoring run by the Big Red. His first goal of the day broke open a 3-3 tie. He also scored the game-winning goal, as well as Cornell’s final goal of the game, which gave the Big Red its biggest lead of the day. The 2010 Ivy League All-Tournament Team honoree now has six goals on the year and he gives Cornell its third consecutive Ivy League Player of the Week honoree, as Rob Pannell earned the distinction on March 7 and March 14.
Mock’s Weekly Stats
4G, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 7 SOG, 1 GB, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman defender Maxx Meyer (Melville, N.Y.) led the Quakers to an 8-3 win over 11th-ranked Princeton at Franklin Field on Saturday, snapping Penn's 21-game losing streak to the Tigers that dated back to 1989. The anchor of the Penn defense, Meyer was one of the best players on the field as Penn held Princeton to its lowest goal total since 2008, its lowest total in an Ivy contest since 2006 and its lowest total against the Quakers since 1987.
Meyer also scored his first collegiate goal in the win, caused two turnovers and came up with four ground balls. He is the second Quaker to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining Brian Feeney (Feb. 28).
Meyer’s Weekly Stats
1G, 1 Pt., 2 GB, 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 4 GB, 2 CT, Team: 1-0
Matt Chriss, Brown, Sr., G (Lutherville, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 18 SVS, 3 GB, 11 GA, .621 SV %, 11.00 GAA, 0-1
John Cunningham, Princeton, Jr., LSM (Fairfield, Conn.)
8 GB, 3 CT, Team: 0-2
Daniel Eipp, Harvard, Fr., M (Groton, Mass.)
2G, 2A, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 2 GB, Team: 2-0
Brian Feeney, Penn, Fr., G (Summit, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 60:00 mins., 7 SVS, 3 GA, .700 SV %, 3.00 GAA, 1-0
Harry Krieger, Harvard, So., G (Timonium, Md.)
2-2 GP-GS, 120:00 mins., 25 SVS, 11 GA, .694 SV %, 5.50 GAA, 2-0
Gregory Mahony, Yale, Jr., M (Mercer Island, Wash.)
3G, 3 Pts., 8 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GB, 1 CT, Team: 0-1
Jeff Perkins, Dartmouth, Fr., A (Dallas, Texas)
4G, 1A, 5 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG, Team: 0-1
The Ivy men’s lacrosse week begins on Tuesday with a pair of midweek road games versus ranked opponents for Dartmouth and Cornell. The Big Green closes out its spring break trip with a game at sixth-ranked North Carolina, while tenth-ranked Cornell is set to play at 12th-ranked Stony Brook. Both tilts will begin at 7:00 p.m., with the Dartmouth-North Carolina game scheduled to air live on ESPNU.
Then on Saturday, the second set of Ivy League games will take place. Cornell is at 13th-ranked Penn, 19th-ranked Yale plays at Princeton and Dartmouth opens its 2011 Ivy slate by playing host to 18th-ranked Harvard.
Cornell and Penn carry 1-0 League records into their clash, meaning at least one team will move to 2-0 after the weekend, a mark Harvard would also reach with a win at Dartmouth. After suffering losses last weekend, Yale and Princeton will be looking to avoid going 0-2 to start their League slates when they meet in Princeton, N.J.
Brown, which has the Ivy bye this week, will take on New England rival Vermont on Saturday in its only game of the week.
Tuesday, March 22
Dartmouth at (6) North Carolina, 7 pm [ESPNU]
(10) Cornell at (12) Stony Brook, 7 pm
Saturday, March 26
Vermont at Brown, 1 pm
(10) Cornell at (13) Penn, 1 pm*
(19) Yale at Princeton, 1 pm* [Verizon FiOS 1]
(18) Harvard at Dartmouth, 2 pm*
(#) - refers to national ranking in the USILA Coaches Poll released on March 21.
* - Ivy League contest.
Television coverage listed in [brackets].