PRINCETON, N.J. -- With the month of October drawing to a close, it has come as no surprise to see fewer goals scored in the league, with a premium being placed on defense as the Ivies jockey for positioning within the standings entering final stages of Ivy League play. It came as no surprise to see three of the weekend's four Ivy games decided by one goal, with the fourth contest a 0-0 tie between Columbia and Yale in New Haven, Conn.
Princeton traveled to Ithaca, N.Y., and came away with a narrow 1-0 win on the strength of a Matt Sanner goal scored in the 58th-minute, marking the sophomore's second consecutive Ivy League game-winning goal. With the win, the Tigers improved to 5-0-0 in Ivy play and have won their last nine games. The Tigers remain in the hunt for their seventh Ivy League title.
Elsewhere, 13th-ranked Brown made the tip to Philadelphia, Pa., to take on 14th-ranked Penn in a match with significant Ivy League title implications. With the League's two stingiest defenses lining up, Penn freshman Stephen Baker propelled the Quakers to victory by scoring the game's lone goal on Penn's only on target shot of the match. The win by Penn knocked Brown out of the Ivy title race and moved the Quakers to 5-0-0 in Ivy play, keeping Penn's hope for a seventh League title alive.
In the other Ivy League game, home standing Dartmouth came back from a 1-0 deficit to down Harvard, 2-1. The Crimson took a 1-0 lead when sophomore forward Brian Rogers netted his fourth goal of the season at 34:49. But with just under 30 minutes to play, Nick Pappas tied the game at 1-1 and then a little over a minute later Lucky Mksona scored what proved to be the game-winning goal for the Big Green.
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth junior forward Lucky Mkosana (Bulawayo, Zimbabwe) helped the Big Green snap a three-game skid by leading Dartmouth to a 2-1 win over Ivy rival Harvard on Saturday during the Big Green's Homecoming. Mkosana paced a dominant effort up front in which Dartmouth outshot Harvard, 16-4. He put both of his shots on goal and scored the game-winning goal in the 72nd minute. To score the decisive goal, Mkosana used his breakaway speed to race past multiple Harvard defenders, shaking them at about 30 yards out. He brought the ball into the right side of the box and fired to the far post to put the Big Green up for good, 2-1. Mksonana also got the start and fired two shots in Dartmouth's narrow 2-1 loss at No. 18 Boston College.
Mkosana, who has started all 14 games this season for Dartmouth, leads the Big Green in points with nine on three goals and three assists. He was also the most recent Dartmouth player to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, last sharing the accolade on Oct. 12, 2009.
Mkosana's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
CO-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore forward Matt Sanner (Indianapolis, Ind.) recorded his second straight game-winning goal on Saturday, scoring in the 59th minute to give No. 20 Princeton a 1-0 win at Cornell. Sanner scored the game's lone goal when a shot deflected off a defender and Sanner was able to get to the ball and knock it over the goal line.
The goal was Sanner's third of the season, all of which have been game-winning strikes. He is the fourth Tiger to earn Player of the Week honors, joining Antoine Hoppenot (Sept. 27), Josh Walburn (Oct. 4) and Lester Nare (Oct. 11).
Sanner's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Stephen Baker (Fairport, N.Y.) broke a personal five-match scoreless streak with an impressive score on Saturday in No. 14 Penn's 1-0 win over No. 13 Brown when he took a pass just inside the box and dribbled around charging goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand – no easy task on a keeper who had allowed just five goals all year entering the match. With open space in front of him, Baker sent in the game-winning goal for his fourth GWG of 2010.
With the goal, Baker is now tied atop the Ivy League point standings in all games (18) and has taken sole possession of the all games goal-scoring race (8). His 18 points are the most by a Penn freshman this century and he has been named Ivy League Rookie of the Week three times (Sept. 6 and Sept. 20).
Baker's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Alexander Aurrichio, Columbia, Jr., GK (Dix Hills, N.Y.)
1-1 GP/GS, 110:00 min., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 3 SVS, 1.000 SV% 1 SHO, 0-0-1
Ben Berg, Penn, Sr., GK (Whitefish Bay, Wisc.)
2-2 GP/GS, 180:00 min., 2 GA, 1.00 GAA, 7 SVS, .778 SV% 1 SHO, 1-1-0
Scott Brody, Cornell, Sr., GK (Edison, N.J.)
1-1 GP/GS, 90:00 min., 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, 3 SVS, 0.750 SV% 0 SHO, 0-1-0
Jon Okafor, Brown, Sr., MF (Verona, N.J.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Brian Rogers, Harvard, So., F (Bronxville, N.Y.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-0
Cody Wilkins, Yale, Fr., F (Chicago, Ill.)
2-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
The 2010 Ivy League title race has come down to the Princeton Tigers and the Penn Quakers, who will clash on Saturday night at 7 pm on Myslik Field at Roberts Stadium in Princeton, N.J.
Both Princeton and Penn enter the match with 5-0-0 Ivy League records. If the teams were to play to a tie, the title would remain up for grabs with one game to play. A win would clinch a share of the 2010 League crown and give that winning team control of its own destiny heading into the final weekend of Ivy play.
Elsewhere on the second to last weekend of Ivy League play, Columbia travels to Harvard. A win by the Lions would propel them past the Crimson in the standings, while Harvard will be looking for three points to try and move back into the top-four. Dartmouth, will be trying to make it two League wins in a row when it plays at Cornell, who is searching for its first Ivy win. Finally, Yale plays at Brown. The Bulldogs are unbeaten in their last two matches (1-0-1), while Brown will be looking for its third League win of the season.
Tuesday, November 2
No. 20 Princeton at Colgate, 7 pm
New Hampshire at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Wednesday, November 3
Adelphi at Columbia, 7 pm
Saturday, November 6
*Columbia at Harvard, 1:30 pm
*Dartmouth at Cornell, 7 pm
*Yale at No. 13 Brown, 7 pm
*No. 14 Penn at No. 20 Princeton, 7 pm
* Ivy League Contest