Photos courtesy of Penn Athletic Communications and Cornell Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. – Cornell wrapped up its first outright Ivy League title since 1977 with a 1-0 win Saturday night at Columbia.
The Big Red already had clinched a share of the title - its first since 1995 - and the Ivy League's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament following Dartmouth's wild 2-1 overtime win over Brown on Friday night. Needing just a tie to claim the Ancient Eight title outright, Daniel Haber scored 14 minutes into the match and Rick Pflasterer made two saves to make it stand up as Cornell won the League title for the fourth time in school history.
In the process, Cornell won its 15th match of the year - the most by an Ivy member since Brown won 15 in 2007.
On Friday night, Dartmouth's Collin Skelly scored as time expired in the first overtime to give the Big Green a 2-1 win over Brown. It was Skelly's first goal this season and his first career gamewinner. Brown's Eric Robertson and Dartmouth's Andoni Georgiou taliied first half goals.
Princeton topped Yale, 1-0, on Matt Sanner's goal in the latter part of the first half. Seth MacMillan and Max Gallin combined on the shutout for the Tigers.
Penn earned its first Ivy win of the year, downing Harvard, 3-1, in the season finale for both sides. Travis Cantrell celebrated his senior night with a hand in all three Quaker tallies with a goal and two assists. Harvard's Zack Wolfenzon scored two minutes in to stake the Crimson to an early lead.
Cornell awaits its NCAA Tournament pairing, while Brown is hopeful for an at-large slot in the field of 48. The Bears have an RPI of 34 through Sunday's matches. The Ivy League has had multiple teams in the field each of the last seven years. The tournament field will be announced Monday at 5:30 pm ET on NCAA.com.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell's Daniel Haber (Toronto, Ont.) earned Ivy League Player of the Week as his 18th goal of the season was the biggest for the Big Red in quite some time. Haber, a junior forward, had the lone tally of the night as Cornell defeated Columbia, 1-0, to claim its first outright Ivy League title since 1977.
Haber's goal came 14:01 into the match and was the lone marker for either side. The goal was the 28th of Haber's career and his eighth career gamewinner.
Haber becomes the first person to win men's soccer Player of the Week five times in the same season in league history.
Haber's Weekly Stats
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 2 Pts. 7 Shots, 4 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Penn's Sam Engs (Lafayette, Calif.) recorded his first career multi-point game as the Quakers topped Harvard, 3-1, for their first Ivy win of the season. Engs, a forward, netted the gamewinner eight minutes into the second half, then added an assist on an insurance marker to put the game away.
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 1 shot
Rick Pflasterer, Cornell (SR, GK - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
1 GP, 1 GS, 90 min, 2 svs
Travis Cantrell, Penn (SR, F -
1 GP, 1GS, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 3 shots, 1 SOG
Collin Skelly, Dartmouth (JR,
1 GP, 1 GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 shot, 1 GWG