PRINCETON, N.J. -- It was a week of low scoring games and far-reaching road trips for the Ivy League men's soccer teams, with Brown and Cornell proving to be the big winners as both squads posted 2-0-0 records. The Bears recorded a 2-1 win over No. 24 Indiana and followed that up with a 2-0 shutout at Boston Univ., while Cornell downed Saint Joseph's, 3-1, and Canisius, 1-0, at home.
Yale earned its first win of the season with a 2-1 overtime triumph against Sacred Heart. After suffering its first loss of the season to Villanova by the score of 1-0, No. 22 Penn bounced back with an emphatic 3-1 win at Georgetown. Dartmouth turned in a strong showing at the Bradley University Tournament, beating the hosts, 2-1, and then dropping an overtime thriller, 3-2, to No. 16 Creighton. A pair of ties highlighted Harvard and Princeton's weeks, with No. 6 Harvard earning a 0-0 tie at New Mexico and Princeton recording a 1-1 tie versus Georgetown. Columbia dropped close matches to Fordham, 2-0, and Saint Peter's, 2-0.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore defender Eric Robertson (San Antonio, Texas) led Brown to a pair of impressive wins over the weekend by anchoring the Bears' stingy defense. On Friday night, Robertson helped Brown to a 2-1 win over No. 24 Indiana. Against the Hoosiers, who were averaging two goals per game entering the contest, Robertson proved instrumental in shutting down All-American candidate Will Bruin. Bruin entered the game with four goals in four games played, but could only muster one shot in Brown's thrilling 2-1 upset win. Then on Sunday, Robertson helped the Bears record a 2-0 shutout win versus BU. Robertson played the full 90 minutes against both Indiana and BU.
Robertson is the second consecutive Brown Bear to earn Ivy
League Player of the Week honors, following in the footsteps of
goalkeeper Paul Grandstrand, who was named the
League's player of the week on Sept. 13. After seeing action
in just three games last year, Robertson has started in all six
games for Bruno this season. He has helped the Bears to a six game
unbeaten streak to start the season by leading a defensive unit
that has only given up one goal. In addition, Brown's victory
over Indiana was its first win over a ranked opponent since
defeating then seventh ranked Harvard in overtime by the score of
3-2 on Oct. 10, 2007.
Robertson's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 0 G, 0 A, 0 Pts., 0 Shots, 0 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Stephen Baker (Fairport, N.Y.) led the No. 22 Penn Quakers to a 3-1 win at Georgetown on Sunday afternoon, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal while also adding the insurance tally. Baker's two-goal second half salvo ensured the Red and Blue did not suffer back-to-back defeats for the first time this season. Just 2:31 after the Quakers tied the match, Baker put the finishing touch on a three-man combination play on the game-winning goal that stunned the Hoyas. Then, in the 83rd minute, Baker broke in alone and beat the oncoming goalkeeper for his second of the game. Baker also started in Penn's narrow 1-0 loss to Villanova on Friday and led the team with four shots, including two on goal.
Baker has reached the six-goal plateau for the season, including two game winners, and his offensive outburst to start his collegiate campaign is a big reason the Quakers are 5-1-0. His six strikes through six games in 2010 are equal to the team high over 17 games in '09. It is the second time in three weeks Baker has been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week, having also earned the honor, along with Player of the Week accolades, on Sept. 6.
Baker's Weekly Stats
2-1 GP/GS, 2 G, 0 A, 4 Pts., 10 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Chase Aaronson, Cornell, Jr., F (Palm Springs, Calif.)
2-0 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 5 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Travis Cantrell, Penn, So., M/F (Downingtown, Pa.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Kevin Dzierzawski, Dartmouth, So., M (Oakland Township, Mich.)
2-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Andy Hackbarth, Yale, Jr., M (Bend, Ore.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Austin Harms, Harvard, Jr., GK (Corona del Mar, Calif.)
2-2 GP/GS, 200:00 min., 2 GA, 0.900 GAA,12 SVS, .857 SV% 1 SHO, 0-1-1
Sean Lynch, Princeton, Sr., GK (Oceanside, N.Y.)
2-2 GP/GS, 200:00 min., 3 GA, 1.350 GAA, 11 SVS, .786 SV%, 0 SHO, 0-1-1
Colin Skelly, Dartmouth, Fr., M (Wrightstown, Pa.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
THE UPCOMING WEEK
The upcoming week marks the final full week of non-conference play before Ivy League games begin to comprise part of the schedule. The week begins on Tuesday, Sept. 21 with Yale looking to build momentum coming off its first win of the season - a 3-2 overtime defeat of Sacred Heart. Columbia's week also starts on Tuesday as the Lions look to snap a two-game losing skid when they play host to Seton Hall.
Both Brown and Cornell will be trying to extend unbeaten streaks in the days ahead. The Big Red, who play host to Syracuse on Sept. 22, have won two games in a row. Brown has been in form since opening the season, using a stingy defense and some opportune goal scoring to establish a 4-0-2 record in the early going. The Bears travel north on Sept. 25 to play at Vermont in their only contest of the week. The Big Green return home from a 1-1 road trip to play New Mexico in its only game of the week, also scheduled to take place on Sept. 25.
Princeton and Penn will both play matches against Adelphi and Richmond as part of the Princeton Tournament on Sept. 24 and 26, while Harvard travels to Stony Brook on Sept. 24 before playing at cross-town rival Boston Univ. on Sept. 26.
Tuesday, September 21
Yale at Quinnipiac -- 4 pm
Seton Hall at Columbia -- 7 pm
Wednesday, September 22
Seton Hall at Cornell -- 7 pm
Friday, September 24
Long Island at Columbia -- 5 pm
1 - Penn vs. Adelphi -- 6:30 pm
Harvard at Stony Brook -- 7 pm
Fairleigh Dickinson at Yale -- 7 pm
1 - Richmond at Princeton -- 7:30 pm
Brown at Vermont -- 1 pm
New Mexico at Dartmouth -- 7 pm
Sunday, September 26
1 - Penn vs. Richmond -- Noon
1 - Adelphi at Princeton -- 2:30 pm
Cornell vs. Binghamton -- 5 pm
Harvard at Boston Univ. -- 7 pm
1 - Princeton Tournament (Princeton, N.J.)