PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Cornell Big Red came up with two wins last week, including a 1-0 home win over Colgate and a 2-0 Ivy win at Yale to take sole possession of first place in the League standings and to improve its unbeaten streak to 11 games. Brown, Columbia and Dartmouth also came up with Ivy wins on Saturday to join Yale in a four-way tie for second.
The Bulldogs welcomed Cornell to New Haven, Conn., for a showdown of 2-0-0 Ivy teams in Saturday’s first League game. Tyler Regan scored at 19:32 to put the Big Red up 1-0 and just under six minutes later Daniel Haber scored an insurance tally. Rick Pflasterer made four saves to earn the shutout, his sixth of the season. In Cornell’s win over Colgate, Haber netted the game-winning goal at 81:26.
Against the trend set through the first two weekends of Ivy play, the road team was triumphant in each League game on Saturday, including Brown’s 1-0 win at Harvard. In a game in which a combined five shots were put on frame, it was Evan Coleman’s shot in the 37th minute that proved to be the difference for the Bears. TJ Popolozio picked up a loose ball in the box and passed it to Coleman, who netted his second goal of the year. Junior goalkeeper Sam Kernan-Schloss made three saves in the Brown net to earn the shutout.
Columbia recorded a dramatic 2-1 win at Princeton. Henning Sauerbier put the visitors up 1-0 in the 17th minute, a lead the Lions held until the closing minutes of the second half. With just over six minutes to play, Princeton’s Matt Sanner finished a loose ball following a free kick to tie the game at 1-1. With the game in the balance, Will Stamatis assumed his familiar role and scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 88:17, his fourth deciding strike of the season for Columbia.
Elsewhere, the Big Green made the trek south and notched a 2-1 victory over Penn to move into the four-way tie for second. The game featured early fireworks, with all three goals coming in the first 21:00 minutes of play. Maarten van Ess put Dartmouth up 1-0 at 13:34 only to see Christian Barreiro equalize with his sixth of the season at 19:05. Then, just 1:42 later, Dartmouth’s Lucky Mkosana scored what eventually proved to be the game-winning goal. The goal was Mkosana’s eighth of the year, moving him to joint top scorer of the League with Brown’s Popolozio.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell sophomore forward Daniel Haber (Toronto, Ontario) once again came through for Cornell this week, scoring two of its three goals on just two shots on goal while coming off the bench to lead the Big Red to a pair of wins. Haber’s goal Tuesday gave the Big Red a 1-0 victory over Colgate. He scored with just eight minutes to play in the second half, his second goal with under 10 minutes left in a game this year. Entering the match, Colgate had allowed just seven goals all season.
Haber also scored an important goal in the first half against Yale, capitalizing on a Jimmy Lannon pass to score just over two minutes after being subbed into the game. The insurance tally that put Cornell up 2-0 came against a Yale team that entered the match as the only Ivy team to not concede a goal in League play. Haber is now the League’s third-leading scorer with seven goals on the year. He was last named Ivy League Player of the Week on Sept. 26, when he shared the honor with Penn’s Stephen Baker.
Haber’s Weekly Stats
2-0 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn freshman goalkeeper Max Kurtzman (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) led the Quakers to a 1-1 tie at Lehigh in a midweek non-conference game, making five saves in 110:00 minutes of action. He was key in denying the Mountain Hawks’ long throw-in game plan and punched out numerous corner kicks before Lehigh tied the game on a late scramble. Then on Saturday, he made three saves in Penn’s 2-1 loss to Dartmouth, including one Big Green penalty kick goal. Kurtzman is the second Penn Quaker to earn Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining classmate Duke Lacroix, who earned the award on Sept. 5 and Sept. 26.
Kurtzman’s Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 200:00 Mins., 2 GA, 1.12 GAA, 8 Svs., 0-1-1
Christian Barreiro, Penn (Sr., M - Baltimore, Md.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 9 Shots, 4 SOG
Evan Coleman, Brown (Sr., M - Amherst, Mass.)
1-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Sam Kernan-Schloss, Brown (Jr., GK - Arlington, Va.)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 3 SVS, 1 Sho., 1-0-0
Rick Pflasterer, Cornell (Jr., GK - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2-2 GP-GS, 180:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 6 SVS, 2 Sho., 2-0-0
Matt Sanner, Princeton (Jr., F - Indianapolis, Ind.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG
Will Stamatis, Columbia (Jr., F - Mountainside, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
With the season moving to the heart of the Ivy schedule, just the Yale Bulldogs will play a non-conference game - when it plays host to Sacred Heart on Wednesday - before Saturday’s four League games.
The Ivy slate begins with Harvard welcoming Princeton, as each team looks to record its first League win of the season.
Currently one of four teams tied for second place, Brown hits the road to take on first place Cornell in a showdown sure to impact the League standings when all is said and done. Cornell carries an 11-match unbeaten streak (including a four-game winning streak) into the game, while the Bears have are winners of their last two games.
Columbia and Dartmouth are two of the other teams tied for second with 2-1-0 records in League play and they will try and gain the advantage over each other when they clash in Hanover, N.H. on Saturday afternoon.
Penn plays host to Yale in Saturday’s only night game, with both teams looking to get back on track after League setbacks on Saturday. With a win, the Bulldogs would at the very least remain tied for second, while a win for Penn would pull the Quakers even with the Bulldogs at 2-2-0 on the year.
Wednesday, October 19
Yale at Sacred Heart, 8 pm
Saturday, October 15
*Princeton at Harvard, 1:30 pm
*Brown at Cornell, 3:30 pm
*Columbia at Dartmouth, 4 pm
*Yale at Penn, 7:30 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest