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September 10, 2012

Men's Soccer Weekly Release - Week 3

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PRINCETON, N.J. -- In the first full week of Ivy League men’s soccer competition, the Ancient Eight faced down tough non-conference opponents en route to seven wins on the week. Cornell stands alone as the only unbeaten team remaining in the League with a 4-0-0 record. No. 23 Brown went 2-1 on the week, suffering its first loss of the 2012 campaign, a 1-0 setback to Fordham.

In all, five of the eight Ivy teams recorded at least one win last week. Columbia also went 1-1, as did Dartmouth and Harvard. The Crimson handed Big Ten team Michigan State a 1-0 loss before falling to SMU, 3-2 in double overtime. That same SMU squad defeated Dartmouth, 2-1, two days prior to its win over Harvard.

A number of big games are on the horizon for the Ivy League, highlighted by Dartmouth’s trip to Albuquerque, N.M., to take part in the New Mexico Tournament, where it will face the host squad and No. 7 ranked Lobos on Friday. On that same day, Harvard will host No. 4 UConn and Penn and Princeton will open the Ivy League/BIG EAST Classic with Villanova and No. 12 Georgetown, respectively. The Quakers and Tigers will swap opponents for Sunday’s matches.

PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell junior Daniel Haber (Toronto) made sure to hold on to the title of Ivy League Player of the Week, posting seven points in two games to lead the Big Red to a 2-0-0 week. After taking just two shots in his team’s 1-0 win over Lafayette, Haber erupted in Cornell’s 4-0 win over Buffalo, accounting for all four goals with three scores and one assist, marking the first hat trick for a Big Red since Brian Kuritzky accomplished the feat against IUPUI on Sept. 2, 2007.

The Big Red is 4-0-0 to start the season for the first time since 1996 due in no small part to the play of Haber, who leads the League in points (14) and goals (six) and is tied for the lead in assists (two). Cornell is the first school to earn consecutive Player of the Week awards since Princeton saw Matt Sanner and Benjamin Burton go back-to-back on Nov. 1 and Nov. 8, 2010. Haber takes home his fourth Player of the Week award in the past two years and becomes the first individual to earn back-to-back Player of the Week honors since Dartmouth’s Mark Limpert in 2004 (Nov. 1, Nov. 8).

Haber’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 3G, 1A, 7 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG

ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Columbia freshman goalkeeper Kyle Jackson’s (Scottsdale, Ariz.) stepped on to the pitch for his first collegiate appearance at the start of the second half of a scoreless tie with Manhattan. Jackson went on to stop all six of the shots he faced and the Lions scored twice to get their first victory of the season and Jackson the first win of his career.

Jackson also started the second half of Columbia’s game against Monmouth, and although the Lions fell short, losing 1-0, Jackson helped to hold the Hawks scoreless over his 45 minutes of action. He becomes the first Lion to earn Rookie of the Week since David Najem received the award on Nov. 8, 2010.

Jackson’s Weekly Stats
2 GP-0 GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 6 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0-0

HONOR ROLL
Alex Adelabu, Dartmouth (So., F - Houston)
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW

Jake Freeman, Harvard (Fr., F - Melville, N.Y.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 6 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW

Eric Robertson, Brown (Sr., D - San Antonio)
3 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 3 SOG

Nick Scott, Columbia (Sr., M/F - Newcastle, England)
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1-1 PK, 1 GW

Bobby Thalman, Yale (Sr., GK - Greenwood Village, Colo.)
2 GP-2 GS, 290:00 Mins., 3 GA, 0.93 GAA, 13 Svs., 0.812 Sv. %, 0-2-1

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, September 12
Saint Peter’s at Columbia, 7 pm

Thursday, September 13
Brown at Boston U., 7 pm

Friday, September 14
No. 4 UConn at Harvard, 4 pm
Yale at Quinnipiac, 4 pm
1 - Vermont at Cornell, 7 pm
2 - No. 12 Georgetown at Princeton, 7:30 pm
2 - Villanova at Penn, 7:30 pm
3 - Dartmouth at No. 7 New Mexico, 9 pm

Saturday, September 15
Delaware at Columbia, 4 pm

Sunday, September 9
3 - Dartmouth at Missouri St., 12:30 pm
1 - Wofford at Cornell, 1 pm
Brown at Lehigh, 1 pm
2 - Penn at No. 12 Georgetown, 1 pm
2 - Princeton at Villanova, 1 pm
Sacred Heart at Yale, 1 pm

KEY
1 - CU Inaria Classic (Ithaca, N.Y.)
2 - Ivy League/BIT EAST Challenge (campus sites)
3 - New Mexico Tournament (Albuquerque, N.M.)