PRINCETON, N.J. -- Over the course of an eventful week of nonconference action in which the Ivies were embroiled in six overtime games, Cornell’s offense came to life en route to a two-win week, while Yale and Penn also turned in an undefeated records of 1-0-1.
Cornell entered the week with a 0-1-2 mark in three games, having scored a goal in each of those contests. But the Big Red attack came together and, through five different goal scorers, propelled Cornell to a 2-0 win against Long Island on Friday and a 3-0 win against Hofstra on Sunday.
Yale’s weekend began with a 1-1 tie at Fairleigh Dickinson which came on the strength of an Aden Farina-Henry tally at 56:53 that evened the score. Then on Sunday, the Bulldog offense exploded for a 7-0 win against Marist, highlighted by Brad Rose and Jenner Fox each netting two goals and two assists. It was the first time since 2004 Yale scored seven goals in a game.
With a 1-1 tie against Georgetown and a 2-1 road win over Villanova, Penn turned in a 1-0-1 record in the 2011 Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic. Quaker sophomore Stephen Baker scored two first half goals in the win over the Wildcats.
Also playing in the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic, Princeton recorded its first win of the year on Friday night when it beat Villanova, 2-1, in double overtime. Matt Sanner netted the dramatic game-winning goal for the Tigers, which was his first of the season. Like Princeton, Harvard also had an overtime win on Friday night. Against Massachusetts, Scott Prozeller converted from the spot at 95:24 for the Crimson win.
The League’s other win of the week came when Brown downed South Carolina, 2-0, on Friday night. TJ Popolizio scored on both sides of halftime to lead the Bears to the win.
Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Brown senior forward TJ Popolizio (Rexford, N.Y.) netted three goals over the weekend and was named to the Gamecock Classic All-Tournament team. He helped the Bears defeat host South Carolina, scoring both goals in the Brown’s 2-0 tournament opening win. Then against Kentucky, Popolizio brought Brown to within one goal when he scored to make it 2-1 in the 76th minute. Popolizio has now scored six goals in the Bears’ last five games.
Popolizio’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-1-0
Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Yale senior forward Brad Rose (Toronto, Ontario) led the Bulldogs to a 1-0-1 record on the week. Working his way back into form after missing virtually all of last season with an injury, Rose started Yale’s rout of Marist by scoring the first two goals of the game less than six minutes apart. The first came on a free kick from just outside the box and the second was a hard shot just inside the far post. Rose went on to add two assists as the Bulldogs scored seven goals in a game for the first time since a 7-0 win over Sacred Heart in 2004. Rose last earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors on Nov. 2, 2009.
Rose’s Weekly Stats
2-1 GP-GS, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 1-0-1
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Cornell freshman midfielder Conor Goepel (Chatham, N.J.) helped the Big Red post a perfect 2-0-0 record last week by netting the game-winning goal against Hofstra on Sunday afternoon. For the game winner, which he scored in just the fourth minute, Goepel sacrificed his body and went up for a header on a throw-in by Jimmy Lannon. Goepel connected, sending the ball into the top left corner of the net for his first career goal with the Big Red. Goepel becomes Cornell’s first Ivy League Rookie of the Week since Sept. 13, 2010, when his current teammate Daniel Haber shared the honor.
Goepel’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Stephen Baker, Penn (So., F - Fairport, N.Y.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 17 Shots, 7 SOG, 1 GWG
Jimmy Lannon, Cornell (Sr., M - Tinton Falls, N.J.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG
Scott Prozeller, Harvard (Jr., M - Sudbury, Mass.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Matt Sanner, Princeton (Jr., M/F - Indianapolis, Ind.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1 G, 2 pts., 3 shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
The Ivies have their final full week of non-conference action before delving into League play on Oct. 1.
Harvard will take the longest trip of the week when it travels to California for games at Stanford and Santa Clara. Elsewhere, Penn will play host to Stony Brook and Long Island as part of the 2011 Penn Soccer Classic.
Cornell enters the week with a two-game winning streak, while Penn and Yale are both unbeaten in their last two games.
Wednesday, September 21
Binghamton at Cornell, 7 pm
Thursday, September 22
Monmouth at Columbia, 7 pm
Friday, September 23
Boston Univ. at Brown, 7 pm
Fairfield at Yale, 7 pm
1 - Stony Brook at Penn, 7 pm
Cornell at Saint Joseph’s, 7 pm
2 - Harvard at Stanford, 10 pm
Saturday, September 24
Massachusetts at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Sunday, September 25
Yale at Rhode Island, 1 pm
Princeton at Monmouth, 1 pm
1 - Long Island at Penn, 3:30 pm
Harvard at Santa Clara, 5:30 pm
1 - Penn Soccer Classic (Philadelphia, Pa.)
2 - Stanford Nike Classic (Stanford, Calif.)