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PRINCETON, N.J. -- Cornell and Brown both picked up Ivy League wins over the weekend to continue their collision course towards this weekend’s key match-up of nationally-ranked teams in the race towards the Ancient Eight men’s soccer title.
No. 10-ranked Cornell turned away a stubborn Yale squad to pull away late, 3-0, on Saturday afternoon, while Brown, No. 18 in this week's NSCAA poll, needed overtime to get past Harvard, 2-1. Princeton remained unbeaten in League play, but slipped in the standings with a scoreless tie against Columbia, while Dartmouth’s 3-1 win over Penn kept the Big Green in striking distance of the top.
Cornell’s win over Yale, which came in front of a school-record crowd of 1,121, was the 12th in a row for the Big Red to set a new school mark. Cornell (12-0-0, 3-0-0) had won 11 straight in 1995. The 12 wins this season by Cornell are the most for the program since 1996. With Marquette’s loss at Georgetown over the weekend, Cornell is the last remaining unbeaten / untied team in Division I. Maryland (11-0-1), Xavier (9-0-3) and Niagara (8-0-4) are the other three Division I teams yet to lose this season.
Leading 1-0 with just 15 minutes to play, Cornell got a goal and an assist from Daniel Haber to put the game out of reach. Haber is second in the nation in goals this season, now with 16.
Brown (9-1-2, 2-0-1) got some late heroics of its own in the form of Dylan Remick’s goal six minutes into extra time to defeat Harvard on Saturday night. Remick’s tally, off a feed from Tim Whalen, helped the Bears avoid a third-consecutive draw and extend their unbeaten streak to eight. It was Brown’s fifth overtime match in the unbeaten string.
Brown, which steps out of League play to face Boston College prior to Saturday’s showdown with Cornell, is one of nine teams in Division I with just one loss this season through Sunday’s action.
Princeton worked extra time twice last week, falling to No. 24 Creighton, 3-2, and playing Columbia to a scoreless tie. Columbia’s Kyle Jackson recorded seven saves in the draw.
Meanwhile, Dartmouth kept pace with the lead pack by beating Penn at home, 3-1, on Saturday. The Big Green bounced back from a 1-0 overtime setback at Boston College earlier in the week. Travis Cantrell scored Penn’s lone goal in the loss to Dartmouth, his sixth this season. The six goals matches his career total from his three previous seasons.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cornell’s Daniel Haber earned his fourth Ivy League Player of the Week honor after keeping the Big Red unbeaten with a pair of wins last week. He is the first player in Ancient Eight history to win the weekly honor four times in a season. (The weekly award began with the 1979 season.)
Haber (Toronto) had a goal and an assist in each of Cornell’s two wins last week – at Colgate and back home in Ivy League action against Yale. His six-point week helped Cornell runs its current winning streak to 12-straight matches, a new school record. The current winning streak surpasses Cornell’s 11 straight wins in 1995.
Haber now has 16 goals on the season, second best in the nation. It is the sixth time he has won or shared the honor in his career.
2 GP, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 15 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GWG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Brown’s Tim Whalen and Columbia’s Kyle Jackson share the Ivy League Rookie of the Week honor after both worked overtime for their respective teams this week.
Whalen (Amston, Conn.) helped Brown stay unbeaten when his cross found Dylan Remick for the golden goal six minutes into overtime to turn back visiting Harvard on Saturday night. The No. 18-ranked Bears moved to 9-1-2 overall on the year and 2-0-1 in Ivy League play with the win. It is Whalen’s second rookie honor this season.
1 GP, 1A, 1 Pt., 0 Shots
Jackson (Paradise Valley, Ariz.) recorded seven saves in 110 minutes of action as the Lions played Princeton to a scoreless tie on Saturday. He has not allowed a goal in his last 214 minutes of work, having shutout Penn the previous week. It is the third rookie honor for Jackson this season.
1 GP-1 GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 8 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0, 1 SO
Robin Alnas, Dartmouth (So., M - Gothenburg, Sweden)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Jake Freeman, Harvard (Fr., F - Melville,
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 6 Shots, 4 SOG
Rick Pflasterer, Cornell (Sr., GK - Ann Arbor, Mich.)
2GP-2GS, 180:00 min., 1 GA, 0.50 GAA, 5 Svs., .833 Sv. %, 1 SO, 2-0
Dylan Remick, Brown (Sr., D - Inverness, Ill.;)
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GWG
Tuesday, October 16
No. 18 Brown at Boston College, 4:00 pm
Harvard at Boston U., 7:00 pm
Lehigh at Yale, 7:00 pm
Wednesday, October 17
Princeton at Adelphi, 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 20
*Penn at Yale, 3:00 pm
*No. 10 Cornell at No. 18 Brown, 3:30 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 4:00 pm
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 7:00 pm
*-Ivy League Contest