PRINCETON, N.J. -- After a week of Ivy matches
involving late game heroics, two-goal wins and a comeback victory,
Penn and Princeton sit atop the League standings with 4-0-0
On Saturday, 15th-ranked Penn travelled to Yale and after a scoreless first half Christian Barreiro converted a penalty kick at 67:20 and Loukas Tasigianis added an insurance tally to push Penn's current winning streak to six in a row with the 2-0 road win. All six wins have been shutouts and the Quakers have not conceded a goal in League play.
Also on Saturday, 14th-ranked Brown hosted Cornell and came away with a 2-0 victory to take sole possession of third place in the League standings at 2-1-1. Thomas McNamara had a goal on either side of halftime and Paul Grandstrand turned aside all six Big Red shots he faced to lead the Bears to the win as the senior goalkeeper recorded a school-record tenth shutout of the season.
In Saturday's other contest, Columbia earned its first Ivy League win of the season in dramatic fashion. Bayo Adafin came off the bench to put the Lions up 1-0 at 54:58, only to see Dartmouth's Daniel Keat tie the game when he put in a loose ball off a corner kick at 67:27. With the teams deadlocked and time ticking away, Henning Sauerbier netted the game-winning goal when he finished an Adafin cross from point blank range with 1:16 remaining in regulation.
Princeton played host to Harvard in a Sunday evening matinee at Roberts Stadium in a match that was televised live on ESPNU. The Crimson, who were playing a ranked opponent for the third consecutive game, jumped out to a 1-0 lead on Scott Prozeller's first half free kick strike, but Josh Walburn leveled for the home side at 53:19 when he controlled a free kick restart at the top of the box and found the lower left corner of the net. Just under three minutes later, Matt Sanner redirected an Antoine Hoppenot bicycle kick into the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal. The 23rd-ranked Tigers have now won eight in a row and have scored three goals in seven of those eight wins.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore midfielder Thomas McNamara (West Nyack, N.Y.) helped fourteenth-ranked Brown to two victories last week, including a 3-1 win over Hartwick on Tuesday night and a 2-0 Ivy League shutout of Cornell on Saturday. McNamara was instrumental for Brown against the Big Red, scoring both goals and helping guide the Bears to their tenth shutout of the season.
Playing all 90 minutes of the Cornell game, McNamara tallied seven shots, four of which were on goal. He scored what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 25th minute of the game when he buried a Taylor Gorman pass in the back of the net. McNamara then added an insurance tally in the 64th minute.
McNamara now has three goals and two assists on the year for eight points. He is the third Brown Bear to earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors this season, joining Paul Grandstrand (Sept. 13) and Eric Robertson (Sept. 20).
McNamara's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP/GS, 2 G, 0 A, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia first-year midfielder Henning Sauerbier (Dueren, Germany) tallied his second game-winning goal of the year to give the Lions a dramatic first Ivy League win of 2010 over Dartmouth on Saturday by the score of 2-1.
Sauerbier scored his team-leading fourth goal of the season in the 89th minute to break a 1-1 deadlock against the Big Green when he finished a Bayo Adafin cross from point blank range with 1:16 remaining in regulation.
The goal was the fourth of the year for Sauerbier, who leads the Lions in both goals and points (10). It is the third time this season Sauerbier has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, as he shared the award on Sept. 13 and also won it outright on Oct. 4. Classmate David Najem won the award on Sept. 27, meaning a Lion has claimed Rookie of the Week honors four times this season.
Sauerbier's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Bayo Adafin, Columbia, Sr., F (Rochester, Minn.)
1-0 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Christian Barreiro, Penn, Jr., MF (Baltimore, Md.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 1 A, 3 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
Daniel Keat, Dartmouth, Sr., MF (Wellington, New Zealand)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 4 Shot, 2 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-1-0
Scott Prozeller, Harvard, So., MF (Sudbury, Mass.)
2-2 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 0 GWG, Team: 0-2-0
Matt Sanner, Princeton, So., F (Indianapolis, Ind.)
1-1 GP/GS, 1 G, 0 A, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-0
The Ivy League title race is heating up and Saturday's four Ivy games should provide a clearer picture as to which teams could ultimately capture the 2010 League crown. Coming off its first Ivy win of the season, Columbia travels to Yale for Saturday's afternoon game. The teams are currently tied for fifth in the standings with identical 1-3-0 records.
Dartmouth and Harvard are set to meet in Hanover, N.H. as each team looks to rebound from narrow one-goal losses in League play last weekend.
Princeton takes an eight-game winning streak on the road to face Cornell, who will be looking to play spoiler in Ithaca, N.Y. The Tigers enter the match versus the Big Red tied for first with Penn, as each carry a 4-0-0 Ivy League record into the weekend.
Finally, in what could prove to be the marquee matchup of the weekend, 15th-ranked Penn plays host to 14th-ranked Brown. The Quakers will be looking for a fifth consecutive Ivy League win, while a Brown victory would place the Bears in the thick of the title race.
Tuesday, October 26
Holy Cross at No. 14 Brown, 7 pm
Wednesday, October 27
Dartmouth at No. 20 Boston College, 4 pm
Lehigh at Yale, 7 pm
Penn State at No. 15 Penn, 7:30 pm
Saturday, October 30
*Columbia at Yale, 4:30 pm
*Harvard at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*No. 23 Princeton at Cornell, 7 pm
*No. 14 Brown at No. 15 Penn, 7:30 pm
*Ivy League contest