Photos courtesy of Columbia Sports Information/Media Relations, Cornell Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- A wild night of soccer on Saturday narrowed the Ivy League race down to the final weekend with three teams still in contention for the Ancient Eight title.
Cornell's double-overtime win over Dartmouth gave the Big Red the lead atop the standings. That, coupled with Brown's tie against Yale on Saturday night, gives Cornell a one-point lead atop the League standings entering the final weekend. Despite its 3-0 win over Penn, Princeton was eliminated from the title race when Cornell won.
Two matches - separated by 24 hours - will ultimately determine the champion and the NCAA automatic bid. Dartmouth hosts Brown on Friday night in a match televised by Fox Soccer Channel at 7 pm. Cornell, which controls its own destiny, visits Columbia on Saturday night at 7 pm. Dartmouth can still clinch a share of the title, but can't earn the NCAA automatic bid at this point.
The scenarios are:
- If Cornell wins at Columbia, Cornell is the champion (18 pts.), regardless of any other outcome.
- If Cornell ties Columbia and Brown defeats Dartmouth, Brown is the champion (17 pts. for Brown, 16 pts. for Cornell).
- If Cornell ties Columbia and Brown ties Dartmouth, Cornell is the champion (16 pts. for Cornell, 15 pts. for Brown, 13 pts. for Dartmouth).
- If Cornell ties Columbia and Dartmouth defeats Brown, Cornell is the champion (16 pts. for Cornell, 15 pts. for Dartmouth, 14 pts. for Brown).
- If Cornell loses at Columbia and Brown defeats Dartmouth, Brown is the champion (17 pts. for Brown, 15 pts. for Cornell).
- If Cornell loses at Columbia and Dartmouth defeats Brown, Cornell and Dartmouth share the title (15 pts. each) and Cornell is the NCAA automatic qualifier by virtue of its win over Dartmouth (2-1 on Nov. 3).
- If Cornell loses at Columbia and Dartmouth and Brown tie, Brown and Cornell share the title (15 pts. each) and Brown is the NCAA automatic qualifier by virtue of its win over Cornell (2-0 on Oct. 20).
Cornell's win over Dartmouth came when Tyler Regan celebrated his senior night with a tally 2:37 into the second overtime. The teams had traded goals less than two minutes apart midway through the first half. Rick Pflasterer made seven saves in earning the win for Cornell.
Despite 36 shots (12 on goal), Brown couldn't manage to find the back of the net after an early Ben Maurey tally and played to a 1-1 tie with Yale. Bobby Thalman had 11 saves for Yale, including eight in the second half and one in overtime.
Princeton blanked rival Penn, 3-0, at home Saturday night as Max Gallin made four saves. Thomas Sanner, Myles McGinley and Mark Linnville each scored for the Tigers.
Columbia spoiled Harvard's senior night with a 1-0 win. Quentin Grigsby's header with a tick over eight minutes to go in the first half was the only marker of the night. Kyle Jackson had six saves to record the shutout.
Hurricane Sandy wiped out all of the midweek nonconference contests on Tuesday and Wednesday last week.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Cornell's Stephen Reisert (Chapppaqua, N.Y.) and Yale's Bobby Thalman (Greenwood Village, Colo.) earned co-Player of the Week honors for their performances that re-shaped the Ivy Leagues standings over the weekend.
Reisert, a junior midfielder, played a part in both of Cornell's goals as the Big Red defeated Dartmouth in double-overtime, 2-1, to claim the top spot in the Ancient Eight standings. Reisert scored the equalizer midway through the first half - answering Dartmouth's goal just 93 seconds earlier. He followed that up with the initial shot that Tyler Regan followed off the rebound for the gamewinner 2:37 into the second overtime.
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts. 4 Shots, 2 SOG
Thalman, a senior, recorded 11 saves - nine of them after halftime - as Yale tied 11th-ranked Brown, 1-1. He gave up an early tally against the Bears off a corner kick on the first shot of the match, but blanked Brown the rest of the way to keep the Bears from reclaiming first place in the Ivy after Cornell had taken over first place earlier in the evening.
Brown held a 36-15 advantage in shots on the night, including 25-5 after halftime.
1 GP, 1 GS, 110 min., 1 GA, 11 svs.
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia goalkeeper Kyle Jackson (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors for his performance in a 1-0 win over Harvard. Jackson had six saves in logging the shutout, His final save of the night was a leaping one in the final minute as he corralled a ball just before it tucked under the crossbar and then fell backwards, managing to keep the ball from crossing goal line.
It is the fourth time this season that Jackson has won or shared the award.
1 GP, 1 GS, 90 min., 0 GA, 6 svs.
Rick Pflasterer, Cornell (SR, GK - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
1 GP, 1 GS, 102:37 min., 1 GA, 7 svs
Tyler Regan, Cornell (SR, F - Philadelphia)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 shots, 1 GWG
Ben Maurey, Brown (SO, F - Downingtown,
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 shots, 4th consecutive game with a goal
Quentin Grigsby, Columbia (SR, D - Phoenix)
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 shot, defensive save to preserve shutout
Thomas Sanner, Princeton (FR, F -
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 shots, 1 GWG
Tuesday, November 6
Holy Cross at Harvard, 7 pm
Wednesday, November 7
Princeton at Fairfield, 7 pm
Friday, November 9
*Brown at Dartmouth, 7 pm (TV: Fox Soccer Channel)
Saturday, November 10
*Princeton at Yale, 3 pm
*Harvard at Penn, 7 pm
*Cornell at Columbia, 7 pm
* Ivy League Contests