PRINCETON, N.J. -- With one week remaining in Ivy League play, four teams are within two points of each other as the race for the championship comes down to the wire. Brown (4-1-1) and Dartmouth (4-1-1) are tied for first with 13 points apiece, while Columbia (4-2-0) has 12 points and Cornell (3-1-2), which entered week six in first-place, is fourth with 11 points.
Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia and Cornell all face each other in the final week of the season, setting up an exciting finish for the Ivy title. Brown and Dartmouth will square off in Providence, R.I., with the winner taking the title. A tie gives Columbia and Cornell an opportunity to take or share the League crown. The Lions travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to face a Big Red squad that suffered its first conference loss of the season on Nov. 5, a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Dartmouth.
The Big Green rebounded from a 3-0 loss to New Hampshire on Tuesday to take down Cornell on Saturday, ending the Big Red’s 13-game unbeaten streak. Senior forward Lucky Mkosana became Dartmouth's all-time leading scorer in the 88th minute with his 10th goal of the season and the 34th of his career, breaking a record that stood for almost 50 years. He also set a school-record with 79 career points.
Columbia picked up two victories last week, defeating Adelphi and Harvard each by a final score of 2-1. The win over Harvard kept the Lions in the Ivy title hunt. Senior defender Ronnie Shaban scored both goals in the Lions’ win over the Crimson, keeping Harvard winless in Ivy play (0-5-1). Harvard also had a midweek 3-3 tie versus Colgate and sophomore Connor McCarthy had a goal in both of Harvard’s games last week.
The Bears defeated Yale (3-3-0) in overtime, 1-0, marking their third-straight victory by that score. Senior forward Austin Mandel netted the game winner on a penalty kick scored 1:01 into the first extra period. Brown’s defense was airtight as no shot reached goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss, who recorded his League-leading seventh shutout.
Penn (2-4-0) picked up its second Ivy win of the season with a
2-1 victory over Princeton (1-4-1) in Philadelphia. Senior
Jake Levin and sophomore Stephen
Baker each found the back of the net as Penn erased an
early Tiger lead to pick up the victory.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia’s Ronnie Shaban (Ashburn, Va.) scored three goals over two matches and helped Columbia to a pair of 2-1 victories on the week. The senior defender came off the bench to score on a diving header attempt in the second half against Adelphi, then notched the first brace of his career in a critical Ivy League win over Harvard on Senior Day that helped keep the Lions’ Ivy League title hopes alive.
Shaban’s first tally against the Crimson came on a penalty kick in the 17th minute, and the second less than 10 minutes later on another header chance off a corner. On the year, Shaban is tied for second on the team with four goals and boasts a .364 shooting percentage. He is the first Lion to earn Player of the Week honor since Sept. 5 when David Najem earned the accolade.
Shaban’s Weekly Stats
2-1 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 2 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown freshman Alex Markes (Valencia, Calif.) played a solid 91 minutes of defense for the Bears as he played an integral role in shutting out the Yale Bulldogs, 1-0, in an overtime win to give the Bears their ninth shutout of the season. Markes and the Brown defense did not allow Yale to get off any shots during the game.
Markes has played in every game this season for Brown and has been on the sidelines a total of 45 minutes this season. He also earned Rookie of the Week honors on Sept. 12.
Markes’ Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 0 GA, 91 Mins.
Julian Griggs, Princeton (Fr., M - Elkridge, Md.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Tyler Kinn, Penn (So., GK - Sacramento, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, 4 SVS, 1-0-0
Austin Mandel, Brown (Sr., F - Tarzana, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG
Connor McCarthy, Harvard (So., F - Ridgefield, Conn.)
2-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG
Lucky Mkosana, Dartmouth (Sr., F - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 1 SOG
Tim Schmoll, Harvard (Fr., M - Coppet, Switzerland)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG
Patrick Slogic, Cornell (So., D - Colorado Springs, Colo.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Saturday, Nov. 12
*Yale at Princeton, 3 pm
*Dartmouth at Brown, 4 pm
*Penn at Harvard, 7 pm
*Columbia at Cornell, 7 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest
BREAKING DOWN THE FINAL DAY
Brown, Dartmouth, Columbia and Cornell all enter the final day of Ivy play with a chance to win or share the 2011 Ivy League men’s soccer title. Adding to the drama, the four teams play each other on Saturday, Nov. 12 as Dartmouth plays a 4:00 p.m. game at Brown and Columbia plays a 7:00 p.m. game at Cornell.
Within those two games there are nine combinations of results that could happen. Of those nine scenarios, six include either a Brown or Dartmouth win, in which case that winning team would earn the outright 2011 Ivy League title and claim the League’s automatic NCAA Championship bid.
If Dartmouth and Brown were to tie and Columbia were to win, Columbia would win the outright Ivy League title and earn the League’s automatic NCAA Championship bid.
If Dartmouth and Brown were to tie and Cornell were to win,
Dartmouth, Brown and Cornell would all share the 2011 Ivy League
title (with 14 points in the Ivy standings), while Dartmouth would
earn the League’s automatic NCAA Championship bid by virtue
of having the best record between the three tied teams in their
games versus each other:
Cornell would have a loss to Dartmouth and tie to Brown: 0-1-1
Brown would have ties to Dartmouth and Cornell: 0-0-2
Dartmouth would have a win over Cornell and a tie to Brown: 1-0-1