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Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 5

Princeton's Antoine Hoppenot (left) and Columbia's David Najem (right)

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the final full week of non-conference play, the Ivies combined to take at least a point from 11 of 14 matches, including seven victories. Brown (1-0-0), Columbia (2-0-0), Cornell (0-0-2), Dartmouth (1-0-0) and Princeton (2-0-0) all turned in unbeaten weeks. Penn added the other Ivy League win.

With a 3-0 win at Vermont, Brown stayed unbeaten on the year (5-0-2) and has only conceded one goal through seven games. Additional highlights from last week included the Lions picking up a 3-2 win over Seton Hall. Cornell extended its unbeaten streak to four games (2-0-2), while Princeton won back-to-back matches for the first time this season en route to claiming the 2010 Princeton Invitational title.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Junior forward Antoine Hoppenot (Princeton, N.J.) helped Princeton get back on track by leading the Tigers to a pair of wins at the 2010 Princeton Invitational. Princeton defeated Richmond, 3-1, on Friday night and followed with a 3-0 blanking of Richmond on Sunday. With the two wins, the Tigers were able to edge a nationally-ranked Penn team to win the 2010 Princeton Invitational.  

No player was more crucial to the wins than Hoppenot, as he scored four of the Tiger’s six goals on the weekend. For his efforts he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Down 1-0 on Friday to Richmond, Hoppenot tallied the equalizer in the 55th minute and scored Princeton’s third goal when he buried his own rebound on a missed penalty kick, using his speed to get off the line and tap in the rebound.

On Sunday, Adelphi had a 21-13 shot advantage over Princeton but Hoppenot’s two goals in the second half made the difference. He scored in the 62nd minute when he picked up a cross in the box and fired the ball into the lower left corner. Just three minutes later, he put the game out of reach for the Panthers when he sprinted past his defender to the near post and deposited the ball into the lower right corner for an insurance tally. Hoppenot was  the last Tiger to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors, having done so on November 9, 2009.

Hoppenot’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 4 G, 0 A, 8 Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0-0

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Midfielder David Najem (Clifton, N.J.) was a force all week for Columbia, helping the Lions to back-to-back victories over Seton Hall and Long Island. The first-year midfielder played the full 90 minutes in each match. He tallied the equalizing goal in the 59th minute against Seton Hall, and then took the corner kick that led to the game-winner. Najem also picked up the assist on the game-winning goal against Long Island University on Friday.

Najem rocketed a left-footed blast into the back of the net from 20 yards out to knot the match against the Pirates at 2-2. Seven minutes later, he sent his corner kick to the far post, where Ronnie Shaban headed it back to Mike Mazzullo, who finished on the doorstep. Against Long Island on Friday, Najem played a key role in the Columbia victory as he teamed up with Will Stamatis on a beautiful goal that turned out to be the lone tally of the match.

Najem leads Columbia with three assists on the season and is tied for the team lead in points. He is the second Lion to earn  Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season, as Henning Sauerbier shared the accolade on Sept. 13 

Najem’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 2 A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0-0

HONOR ROLL
Francois Anderson, Columbia, Jr., M (Montego Bay, Jamaica)
2-2 GP/GS, 0 G, 2 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 2-0-0

Stephen Baker, Penn, Fr., F (Fairport, N.Y.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 7 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0

Bryan Giudicelli, Dartmouth, Sr., D (Emerald Hills, Calif.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0

Rick Pflasterer, Cornell, So., GK (Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2-2 GP/GS, 220:00 min., 1 GA, 0.410 GAA, 8 SVS, .889 SV%, 1 SHO, 0-0-2

Brian Rogers, Harvard, So., F (Bronxville, Calif.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 5 Shot, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-1

Sean Rosa, Brown, Jr., F (Montreal, Quebec)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 2 A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-0

Bobby Thalman, Yale, So., GK (Greenwood Village, Colo.)
2-2 GP/GS, 200:00 min., 1 GA, 0.450 GAA, 8 SVS, .889 SV%, 1 SHO, 0-1-1

THE UPCOMING WEEK
After nearly a month of non-conference play, the Ivies are primed and ready for League play in the 56th season of Ivy League men’s soccer to get underway. Harvard will be looking to become the 25th team to successfully defend the Ivy League title, having finished atop the league standings in 2009.

In the 55 previous seasons, there have been a combined 70 champions with 12 seasons featuring co-champions and a three-way tie in 2005 between Brown, Dartmouth and Yale. Brown leads the way with 19 total Ivy League titles, followed by Harvard's 13.

The 2010 Ivy League season kicks off with four games on Saturday, Oct. 2. Yale travels to Harvard in the afternoon, while the evening features matches between Dartmouth and Princeton, Columbia and Brown as well as Penn and Cornell.  

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Tuesday, September 28
Delaware at Columbia -- 7 pm
St. John’s at Yale -- 8 pm

Wednesday, September 29
Dartmouth at UMass -- 3 pm
Providence at Harvard -- 7 pm

Saturday, Oct. 2
Yale at Harvard* -- 1:30 pm
Dartmout at Princeton* -- 6 pm
Columbia at Brown* -- 7 pm
Penn at Cornell* -- 7 pm

* - denotes Ivy League contest