PRINCETON, N.J. -- With Brown, Columbia, Cornell and Dartmouth all entering the final Saturday of regular-season play with designs on winning at least a share of the 2011 title, the Bears and the Big Green ended the day as 2011 Ivy League Co-Champions with 14 points apiece in the League standings (4-1-2). Dartmouth earned the League's automatic NCAA Championship bid because the Big Green beat third-place Columbia (2-0 at home on Oct. 22) and Brown lost at third-place Columbia (2-1 in 2 OT on Oct. 1).
On an eventful day of Ivy League men's soccer play that was full of overtime action, Brown and Dartmouth played to a 0-0 tie in a game that began at 4 p.m., in Providence, R.I. Three hours later, Cornell played host to Columbia in a game that also ended in a tie, 1-1. The ties meant that Brown earned a share of the program's 20th Ivy title, the highest total in the League. The Bears last won the Ivy League crown in 2007. For Dartmouth it marks the program's ninth title overall and first since sharing the title with Penn in 2008.
In the showdown between Dartmouth and Brown, the offenses were active as they combined for 35 shots and 12 shots on goal. In the end though, the goalies kept the game tied at 0-0 as Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen made five saves and his Brown counterpart Sam Kernan-Schloss came up with seven stops.
In the clash in Ithaca, N.Y., Columbia took a 1-0 lead on a David Najem goal scored in the 17th minute. But the Big Red answered in the 41st minute when Daniel Haber finished a Regan Tyler pass for his ninth goal of the year. Cornell goalkeeper Zach Zagorski made five saves in the game, while Columbia goalie Alexander Aurrichio made eight saves. Zagorski and Aurrichio made three saves apices in overtime to keep the game tied.
Saturday's Penn-Harvard game also reached double overtime, where Quaker Thomas Brandt capped a career day in the 103rd-minute by tipping a free kick into the Crimson net for his third goal of the game, which gave Penn a 3-2 win. It was a hotly contested game that involved Harvard playing most of the match a man down and Brandt scoring the first of his three goals in the 81st minute. Austin Harms made a season-high seven saves in the Harvard net and Scott Prozeller and Tim Schmoll each tallied a goal for teh Crimson. Brandt becomes the first Ivy League player to record a hat trick this season.
In the only game not to reach overtime on Saturday, Yale netted two second half goals to come from behind and beat Princeton on the road, 2-1. The Tigers took a first half lead on a Paolo Iaccarino goal in the seventh minute, but two Peter Jacobson goals in the final 45-minutes of play saw the Bulldogs pull out the win. Milan Tica assisted on both Jacobson goals.
The Big Green and the rest of the Ivies will now wait for the 2011 NCAA Selection show, which airs Monday, Nov. 14 at 4:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior captain Thomas Brandt (Palmyra, Pa.) finished his Quaker career in style, scoring all three goals in Penn's double-overtime 3-2 win at Harvard on Saturday night. His first career hat trick, Brandt scored in the 81st and 83rd minutes to give Penn a 2-1 lead. To tie the game at 1-1, he connected on a header as deftly directed a lob pass in. Then just 1:55 later, Brandt knocked a touch in off a corner, the third Penn player to get a piece of the ball.
In the second overtime, Brandt again finished a corner, taking Christian Barreiro's entry and slipping it five-hole for the golden goal. He finishes the season with five goals, all of them coming in Ivy play. He is the second Penn Quaker to earn Player of the Week honors this season, as Stephen Baker shared the honor on Sept. 26.
Brandt's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman goalkeeper Zach Zagorski (Westfield, N.J.), who entered the weekend with barely a full game of experience under his belt after stepping in for injured starter Rick Pflasterer. Zagorski, after giving up one goal early on a play where he stood little chance, rebounded to make five saves in Cornell's 1-1 tie versus Columbia.
Zagorski made a diving fingertip save in overtime that would have given the Ivy League title to Columbia. He is the second member of the Big Red to earn Rookie of the Week honors, joining Conor Goepel, who earned the honor on Sept. 19 and Oct. 10.
Zagorski's Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.818 GAA, 5 SVS, 0-0-1
Noah Cohen, Dartmouth (So., GK - Johannesburg, South Africa)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 5 SVS, 1 Sho, 0-0-1
Daniel Haber, Cornell (So., F - Toronto, Ontario)
1-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG
Peter Jacobson, Yale (So., F - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
1-0 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Sam Kernan-Schloss, Brown (Jr., GK - Arlington, Va.)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 7 SVS, 1 Sho, 0-0-1
David Najem, Columbia (So., MF - Clifton, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 2 SOG
Tim Schmoll, Harvard (Fr., M - Coppet, Switzerland)
1-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG