PRINCETON, N.J. -- In a week that focused almost exclusively on League play, Cornell and Brown played to the first Ivy tie of the season and Princeton earned its first League win of the year. Elsewhere, Yale came up with an overtime win at Penn and Dartmouth powered past Columbia to keep the Bulldogs and Big Green tied for second and just one point behind first place Cornell.
The Big Red played host to Brown in a game with Ivy title implications. When it was all said and done, a 1-1 double overtime tie saw Cornell remain atop the standings and improve its nation-leading unbeaten streak to 12 games, while Brown was able to earn a crucial road point. All the scoring took place early in the second half. Stephen Reisert put the Big Red up at 46:46, but Brown's Ben Maurey nodded home a corner kick at 49:52 to tie the game at 1-1.
Harvard and Princeton played in a high scoring game that saw the Tigers come out with a 3-2 win for their first Ivy triumph of the season. Princeton freshman Julian Griggs scored his first two career goals in a first half that saw the teams combine for four goals as they headed to the locker room tied at 2-2. Things settled down in the second half and Cameron Porter scored what proved to be the game-winning goal at 70:52 for the Tigers.
Dartmouth played host to Columbia and second half goals by Teo Larsson-Sax and Patrick Murray saw the Big Green keep pace in the standings, as it is just one point behind first place Cornell. Kevin Dzierzawski assisted on both goals and Dartmouth goalkeeper Noah Cohen was forced to make four saves to earn the shutout victory.
Yale and Penn also played a dramatic overtime game, with the Bulldogs ultimately pulling out a 2-1 victory. Yale took a lead early in the second half through a Chris Dennen strike, but Penn's Christian Barreiro tied the game up at 82:09 when he curled in a free kick goal, his seventh of the year. After a scoreless first overtime, Charlie Paris scored the game-winning goal at 104:37 to assure the Bulldogs remained tied for second. Dennen assisted on the game winner. Penn put a lot of pressure on the Yale net, but Bulldog goalkeeper Bobby Thalman made eight saves, including five in the second half, to help secure the win.
Yale played the League's only nonconference game over the past seven days, tying Sacred Heart, 1-1, on Wednesday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior forward Charlie Paris (Venice, Calif.) scored the biggest goal of Yale's season thus far when four minutes and 37 seconds into double overtime he netted the golden goal to lift the Bulldogs to a crucial 2-1 League victory at Penn. It was Paris' second game-winning goal of the Ivy season as he also tallied the winner against Dartmouth. With the goal, Paris assured the Bulldogs stayed in second place - just one point behind first place Cornell.
Paris has been one of many surprises on the 2011 Bulldog roster. Entering this season he had appeared in only six games in his career. This year he has played in all 14 games and has three goals, which is tied for second on the team. Paris joins teammates Bobby Thalman (Oct. 3) and Brad Rose (Sept. 19) as Bulldogs to have won Player of the Week honors this season.
Paris' Weekly Stats
2-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 4 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Princeton freshman midfielder Julian Griggs (Elkridge, Md.) scored the first two goals of his career to propel Princeton to its first Ivy League win of the season, a 3-2 victory at Harvard.
In just his third start of the year, Griggs scored in the 21st minute and in the 38th minute. He scored his first career goal when he dribbled into the box and rifled a shot from the left side past Harvard goalkeeper Austin Harms, knotting the game at 1-1. Less than six minutes after the Crimson took a 2-1 lead, Griggs once again evened the game, burying a cross at 37:56. Griggs led the Tigers in shots with four, putting all four on goal. He is the second Tiger to earn Rookie of the Week honors this season, joining Cameron Porter (Oct. 3).
Griggs' Weekly Stats
1-1 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 4 SOG
Obiajulu Charles Agha, Harvard (So., D - Sacramento, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG
Christian Barreiro, Penn (Sr., M - Baltimore, Md.)
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 8 Shots, 3 SOG
Peter Chodas, Cornell (Fr., D - La Canada, Calif.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1A, 1 Pt.
Kevin Dzierzawski, Dartmouth (Jr., M - Oakland Township, Mich.)
1-1 GP-GS, 2A, 2 Pts.
Michael Innocenzi, Harvard (Fr., F - Franklin Lakes, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 1 SOG
Sam Kernan-Schloss, Brown (Jr., GK - Arlington, Va.)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 1 GA, 0.82 GAA, 3 SVS, 0-0-1
Ben Maurey, Brown (Fr., F - Downingtown, Pa.)
1-0 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Stephen Reisert, Cornell (So., M - Chappaqua, N.Y.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG
Dartmouth and Brown will play non-conference games on Tuesday. The Big Green play host to Colgate, while the Bears hit the road to play at Holy Cross. Then Ivy play takes center stage on Saturday afternoon with Yale playing Columbia, Cornell taking on Princeton, Dartmouth playing Harvard and Penn playing at Brown.
If the 57th Ivy League men's soccer race were to get a major shakeup, this weekend would be the prime Saturday for such change. Each one of the top four teams in the League standings plays a bottom four team, so a few wins by that second group could greatly tighten the 2011 title race. Of the top-four teams in the standings, Cornell, Yale and Dartmouth are all on the road.
A two-loss team has won the League on two occasions, including Dartmouth in 1964 (5-2-0) and by Brown in 1975 (5-2-0).
Tuesday, October 25
Colgate at Dartmouth, 5 pm
Brown at Holy Cross, 7 pm
Saturday, October 22
*Yale at Columbia, 4 pm
*Cornell at Princeton, 4 pm
*Dartmouth at Harvard, 4 pm
*Penn at Brown, 7 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest