PRINCETON, N.J. -- With a 2-1 home win over
Dartmouth combined with a 0-0 tie between Penn and Brown, the
Harvard Crimson claimed at least a share of the 2011 Ivy League
Title and also clinched the League's automatic bid to the NCAA
Championship field over the weekend.
The Crimson now sit in first place with 16 points (5-0-1) and with a win or a tie at Columbia on Saturday night would earn the 2011 title in outright fashion. Harvard also owns the tiebreaker with Penn by virtue of a 2-0 win against the Quakers on Sept. 23.
With its tie at Brown, Penn stands in second place with 13 points (4-1-1) and needs to defeat Princeton on Saturday if it is to have any chance of catching the Crimson to share the 2011 Ivy League title.
The Crimson beat Dartmouth in dramatic fashion as Peyton Johnson scored on a free kick with just 10 seconds to play in the game. It turned out that Johnson's strike earned the Crimson at least a share of the program's 10th Ivy League title. Dartmouth took the early lead on an Aurelia Solomon goal at 9:04 but Harvard senior Melanie Baskind leveled at 43:01, paving the way for Johnson's heroics.
In the Penn-Brown scoreless double overtime draw, Brown goalkeeper MC Barrett made eight saves to record the shutout. Barrett's counterpart in the Quaker net, Sarah Banks, made four stops - including one in the second overtime stanza - to keep the clean sheet as well.
In Sunday's Ivy games, Princeton downed Cornell 1-0 on a Gabriella Guzman goal scored in the 24th minute and Yale and Columbia played to a 2-2 double overtime tie that featured a wild four-goal second half. Ashlin Yahr accounted for both Lion goals, while Emma Mullo netted the game-tying strike for the Bulldogs at 82:34
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia forward Ashlin Yahr (Rancho Sante Fe, Calif.) registered two goals and an assist as Columbia went 1-0-1 last week. The senior assisted on Natalie Melo's goal in the second half of a 1-0 win over Manhattan on Monday and then scored two goals in a span of 2:55 in a 2-2 draw with Yale on Sunday. Yahr slid a shot under Yale goalkeeper Elise Wilcox off a nice feed from Shannon FitzPatrick in the 64th minute to tie the match at 1-1, then blasted a shot past Wilcox less than three minutes later to give the Lions a 2-1 lead.
For the season, Yahr tops the Lions with four goals and 10 points and is one goal shy of tying Columbia's all-time career goals scored record of 30, which was set by Tosh Forde in 1998. Yahr is Columbia's second Player of the Week this season, joining Alexa Yow. Yow earned the distinction on Oct. 3.
Yahr's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 1A, 5 Pts., 8 Shots, 4 SOG
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman forward Melissa Gavin (Duxbury, Mass.) continued her stellar rookie season with a pair of solid games last week in which she totaled a goal and three assists for five points as Yale went 1-0-1.
In a 2-2 tie at Columbia, Gavin scored Yale's first goal on a shot from 15 yards out and then set up the game-tying goal with a nifty drop pass to Emma Mullo, who scored to tie the game with less than eight minutes to play in regulation. Earlier in the week, Gavin had a pair of assists as the Bulldogs blanked Saint Peter's 4-0.
With six goals and six assists, Gavin shares the team lead in points with 18. It is the second time this season she has earned Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors, having also done so on Oct. 10.
Gavin's Weekly Stats
2-2 GP-GS, 1G, 3A, 5 Pts., 13 Shots, 6 SOG
Sarah Banks, Penn (Jr., GK - Okemos, Mich.)
2-2 GP-GS, 155:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 6 Svs, 1 Sho, 1-0-1
MC Barrett, Brown (So., GK - Ithaca, N.Y.)
1-1 GP-GS, 110:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 8 Svs, 1 Sho, 0-0-1
Gabriella Guzman, Princeton (So., F - Bridgewater, N.J.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 2 Shots, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Peyton Johnson, Harvard (So., M/D - Catonsville, Md.)
1-1 GP-GS, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GWG
Bethany Kanten, Harvard (Fr., GK - Park City, Utah)
1-1 GP-GS, 90:00 Mins., 1 GA, 1.00 GAA, 4 Svs, 1-0-0
Mary Kubiuk, Yale (Jr., F - Barrington, Ill.)
2-2 GP-GS, 2G, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 4 SOG, 1 GWG
Saturday, November 5
*Cornell at Dartmouth, 2:30 pm
*Brown at Yale, 3 pm
*Princeton at Penn, 5 pm
*Harvard at Columbia, 7 pm
* - denotes Ivy League contest