PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the final full week of non-conference action for the Ivies, Brown (1-0-0), Cornell (2-0-0), Dartmouth (1-0-0) and Penn (2-0-0) all turned in undefeated weeks, while Yale also added a victory.
Cornell’s wins came against Binghamton (4-0) and at Saint Joseph's (1-0) to run its winning streak to four games, with all four of those wins coming by way of the shutout. Since dropping their opening game, the Big Red is unbeaten in its last six contests (4-0-2).
With two wins, Penn moved its winning streak to three games and its unbeaten run to four (3-0-1). Due to weather issues, the Quakers were forced to play on back-to-back days at its Penn Soccer Classic but still defeated Stony Brook (3-0) and Long Island (4-1) with ease.
Brown and Dartmouth each won their only games of the week. The Bears downed Boston University (2-0) and the Big Green defeated Massachusetts (2-1).
Yale beat Atlantic 10 foe Rhode Island (3-1) on Sunday to earn a weekend split, while Harvard’s trip to California ended with a scoreless tie at Santa Clara.
Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Penn sophomore forward Stephen Baker (Fairport, N.Y.) showcased his all-around talent on the offensive end over the weekend, recording four points in Penn’s pair of wins to claim the 2011 Penn Soccer Classic. On Saturday, he had an assist on Penn’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Stony Brook. Sunday night, he had a hand in two of Penn’s goals en route to a 4-1 win over Long Island. Baker set up a Duke Lacroix goal in the ninth minute to give Penn an early lead before connecting on the eventual game-winning goal in the 55th minute.
Baker now has four goals and 10 points this season while leading the team and the Ivy League in shots. He is Penn’s first Ivy League Player of the Week this season and last earned the honor on Sept. 6, 2010.
Baker’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
Co-PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell sophomore forward Daniel Haber (Toronto, Ontario) led the Big Red to a pair of wins last week. With the victories, Cornell extended its winning streak to four games. With a goal and two assists on the week, Haber now leads the Big Red in goals, assists and points. He becomes Cornell’s first Ivy League Player of the Week in over four years as Brian Kuritzky last earned the honor for the Big Red on Sept. 4, 2007.
Haber came off the bench Wednesday against Binghamton and immediately contributed, passing a ball down the left side to Scott Caldwell, who crossed it to Stephen Reisert for Cornell’s second goal against the Bearcats. Haber’s playmaking abilities were on display again on the Big Red’s final goal as he dribbled into Binghamton’s box before passing off to Matt Kagie who scored for the 4-0 margin. After a two-hour rain delay against St. Joseph’s on Friday, Haber again came off the bench and scored the game-winning goal in the 42nd minute.
Haber’s Weekly Stats
2-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG, Team: 2-0-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Freshman forward Duke Lacroix (New Egypt, N.J.) continues to lead the Quakers in scoring after a three-goal weekend that helped Penn claim the title at the 2011 Penn Soccer Classic. On Saturday, he scored Penn’s second goal in a 3-0 win over Stony Brook. On Sunday, Lacroix opened and closed the scoring for Penn in a 4-1 win over Long Island. His speed is the issue for opposing teams, as all three of Lacroix’s goals came on plays he made by beating defenders to loose balls and leaving them in his wake.
After eight matches, Lacroix’s five goals and 11 points are lead the team, and his .714 shot-on-goal percentage makes him dangerous whenever the ball is at his feet. He has now been named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week twice this season, having also earned the honor on Sept. 5.
Lacroix’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 3G, 6 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG, Team: 2-0-0
Brett Conrad, Harvard (Jr., GK - Orleans, Mass.)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 7 SVS, 1 SHO, 0-0-1
Antoine Hoppenot, Princeton (Sr., F - Princeton, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG
Peter Jacobson, Yale (So., F - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG
Matt Kagie, Cornell (Fr., F - Greenwood Village, Colo.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Alex Markes, Brown (Fr., D - Valencia, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Lucky Mkosana, Dartmouth (Sr., F - Bulawayo, Zimbabwe)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 5 Shots, 5 SOG
Sean Rosa, Brown (Sr., F - Montreal, Quebec)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG
After six mid-week non-conference games, the Ivies will open 2011 League play with a full slate of games on Saturday, Oct. 1.
The Ancient Eight head into Ivy play looking to claim the 57th League crown. Princeton enters 2011 play as the defending champion. If the Tigers were able to claim a share of the 2011 title, it would be the 25th time a team claimed back-to-back titles (last done by Dartmouth in 2004-05).
Dating back to the 2009 season, the Tigers enter the weekend unbeaten in its last 12 Ivy League games (11-0-1), but Princeton is not the only team with Ivy streaks on the line. Columbia carries a four-game unbeaten streak into Saturday’s contest, having posted a 2-0-2 mark to close out its Ivy slate in 2010. Also, Dartmouth closed out its 2010 season on a three-game winning streak in Ivy play.
Monday, September 26
Cornell at St. Bonaventure, 3:30 pm
Tuesday, September 27
Boston College at Brown, 7 pm
Yale at Connecticut, 7 pm
Columbia at Seton Hall, 7 pm
Wednesday, September 28
Boston Univ. at Harvard, 7 pm
St. John’s at Princeton, 7 pm
Saturday, October 1
*Brown at Columbia, 4 pm
*Princeton at Dartmouth, 7 pm
*Harvard at Yale, 7 pm
*Cornell at Penn, 7 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest