Photos courtesy of Harvard Athletic Communications/Kevin Burns and Princeton Athletic Communications
PRINCETON, N.J. -- Suddenly, at approximately
5:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, a three-way tie for the Ivy League
women’s soccer title seemed imminent.
Entering this week, Princeton was holding on to first-place in the standings by one game over Penn and Dartmouth with a contest against the Quakers upcoming. Victories by the Big Green and Penn would mean a three-way tie for the League championship and a drawing by the Ivy Office to determine who would receive the League’s Automatic Qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.
Dartmouth (13-4-0, 6-1-0 Ivy) took care of its business, scoring three goals in the second half to defeat Cornell (1-14-1, 0-6-1 Ivy), 3-0. Junior Marina Moschitto tallied a goal and an assist in the win. But after 55 minutes of action between Penn and Princeton, it seemed that Dartmouth’s efforts were for naught, as the Tigers held a three goal lead thanks to a hat trick by sophomore Lauren Lazo. But in a 10-minute span late in the second half, Penn sophomore Clara Midgley scored twice and all of a sudden it was a 3-2 game with 15 minutes to play.
Princeton held tough, however, and got an insurance score from senior Caitlin Blosser in the 84th minute to win, 4-2, thereby winning the Ivy League title with an unbeaten/untied League record at 7-0-0, the fifth team to accomplish that feat and the first since the 2004 Tigers. Princeton (13-3-1, 7-0-0 Ivy) takes its seventh title in program history, its first since 2008 and its first outright championship since 2004.
Penn (9-6-1, 5-2-0) dropped to third-place in the standings, while Harvard (9-5-3, 3-3-1 Ivy) finished in fourth after a 1-0 win over Columbia (6-9-1, 2-4-1 Ivy), which took fifth. Yale (8-7-2, 1-4-2 Ivy) and Brown (7-9-1, 1-5-1 Ivy) finished in a 2-2 tie after the Bears’ Kiersten Berg scored the equalizer in the 86th minute. For the Bulldogs, it was their third-straight double-overtime game.
Princeton earns the League’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament and will find out on Monday where and who it will play. The NCAA Women's Soccer Championship Selection Show will be streamed live on NCAA.com starting at 4:30 p.m.
It will be the ninth NCAA Tournament appearance for the Tigers (1982, 1983, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2008), who are on an 11-match winning streak, the third-longest in program history after winning 12 in a row in 2002 and 14 in a row in 1980.
Dartmouth hopes to receive an at-large bid after a stellar season in which the Big Green ended the season on a seven-game win streak and finished with 13 wins, its highest total since the 2000 season when it picked up 14 victories.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Princeton sophomore Lauren Lazo (Scottsdale, Ariz.) chose a good time to record her first career hat trick. Lazo scored in the 13th, 43rd and 56th minutes to give the Tigers a 3-0 lead over Penn. Lazo's third goal became the gamewinner after the Quakers scored twice late in the second half. Lazo was on the receiving end of a pair of assists from senior Jen Hoy and an assist from senior Rachel Sheehy.
Lazo has scored six goals over the last three games and has eight goals in six Ivy League matches after missing the Ivy opener at Yale. Her 10 goals on the season is a career-best and have come in the last eight games, moving her into second-place in the League in goals and points (25), behind Hoy. Lazo has set personal-bests in goals, points and assists (five).
Lazo takes home her second-straight Player of the Week award and her fourth Ivy League weekly award after being named Rookie of the Week twice in 2011. She takes home her first career outright Player of the Week honor after sharing the accolade with Dartmouth’s Tasha Wilkins last week. Lazo’s award gives Princeton an Ivy League-record six on the year, joining Hoy (Sept. 3, Sept. 24, Oct. 15) and Sheehy (Oct. 22). The previous mark was five, accomplished twice, by the Tigers in 2004 and Dartmouth in 1998.
Lazo’s Weekly Stats
1 GP, 3G, 6 Pts., 5 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Harvard freshman Brooke Dickens (Bakersfield, Calif.) does not always wait until the last minute, but in this case the Crimson is glad she did. Dickens’ first career goal came in the final minute of the final game of Harvard’s 2012 campaign, as she scored with five seconds remaining in regulation to give the Crimson a 1-0 win over Columbia.
Dickens’ score came on a header off an assist from senior Aisha Price. Dickens takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and the second Rookie of the Week honor for Harvard this season, as Emily Mosbacher received the accolade on Oct. 8.
Dickens’ Weekly Stats
1 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Bethany Kanten, Harvard (So., GK – Park City, Utah)
1 GP, 89:51 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 5 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0
Clara Midgley, Penn (So., F – Seattle)
1 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Marina Moschitto, Dartmouth (Jr., M – Andover, Mass.)
1 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Mary Kubiuk, Yale (Sr., F – Barrington, Ill.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 1 Shot, 1 SOG, 1 GW
Isabel King, Columbia (Sr., D – San Francisco)
Monday, November 5
NCAA Women's Soccer Selection Show, 4:30pm
Saturday, November 10
1-Princeton at West Virginia, 7 pm
1-NCAA Tournament First Round