PRINCETON, N.J. -- Two weeks into the Ivy
League season, three teams remain undefeated with matching 2-0
records. Columbia, Penn and Princeton each have six points,
followed by Dartmouth and Harvard who, at 1-1, each have three
points. Brown, Cornell and Yale are still looking for their first
The Tigers won their third- and fourth-straight games, defeating Saint Peter’s, 6-1, and Dartmouth, 2-1. In its last four games, Princeton has outscored its opponents 15-5. Sophomore Lauren Lazo scored both of the Tigers' goals in their win over Dartmouth, including the gamewinner in the 79th minute. After dropping three earlier in the season, Penn has won four of its past five, including a pair of victories last week, 2-1 win at Cornell and 4-0 over NJIT. Columbia played just once last week but played well, shutting out Brown, 2-0.
Defending champion Harvard also finished the week undefeated. The Crimson picked up its first Ivy League victory of 2012 with a 1-0 overtime win over Yale and recorded a scoreless draw with Central Connecticut State.
The path to the League championship will become clearer after the third week of Ivy action, as Columbia and Penn will square off on Friday, while on Saturday, Princeton will take on Brown, Harvard will host Cornell and Dartmouth will play Yale. The non-conference slate this week is highlighted by the Big Green’s home game against No. 20 Pepperdine on Monday.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Columbia sophomore goalkeeper Grace Redmon (University Heights, Ohio) put together an impressive performance to help her squad shut out Brown. Against the Bears, Redmon matched her career-high with eight saves while recording her fifth cleansheet of the season. All five of the Lions’ wins this season have been of the shutout variety.
Redmon lowered her goals against average to 0.99 while raising her save percentage to 0.845. She ranks second in the Ivy League in both saves (49) and save percentage. Redmon takes home her first career Ivy League weekly award and becomes the first Lion to earn Player of the Week honors since Ashlin Yahr on Oct. 31, 2011. She is the first goalkeeper to receive the award since Brown’s MC Barrett on Oct. 24, 2011.
Redmon’s Weekly Stats
1GP-1GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 8 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
After sharing the Rookie of the Week award with Dartmouth’s Corey Delaney on Sept. 17, Penn freshman Erin Mikolai (Quakertown, Pa.) watched as Delaney earned the award outright the following week. Mikolai then made sure she herself was a lone recipient of the honor, posting two goals in two games to help lead the Quakers to a 2-0 week.
Mikolai tallied twice in her team’s 4-0 win over NJIT. Her first goal gave the Quakers a 2-0 lead and her second accounted for the final score of the day, putting Penn ahead, 4-0. Mikolai became the first Penn player to record a multi-goal game since Ursula Lopez-Palm scored twice in the final game of 2011, a 3-1 win over Princeton on Nov. 5. Mikolai is Penn's first two-time Rookie of the Week recipient since Kerry Scalora earned the award three times in 2010.
Mikolai’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG
Rachel Ames, Yale (Fr., GK – Huntsville, Ala.)
1GP-1GS, 94:05 Mins., 1 GA, 0.96 GAA, 8 Svs., .889 Sv. %, 0-1
Meg Casscells-Hamby, Harvard (So., M – Winter Park, Fla.)
2 GP, 1G, 2 Pts., 13 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW
Lauren Lazo, Princeton (So., F – Scottsdale, Ariz.)
1 GP, 2G, 4 Pts., 2 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW
Elly McGuffog, Columbia (Fr., D – Fishers, Ind.)
1 GP, 1 Team Shut Out
Kerry Scalora, Penn (Jr., F – Berlin, Conn.)
2 GP, 1G, 2A, 4 Pts., 9 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW
Monday, October 1
No. 20 Pepperdine at Dartmouth, 1 pm
Lehigh at Columbia, 7 pm
Tuesday, October 2
Harvard at New Hampshire, 7 pm
Lafayette at Cornell, 8 pm
Friday, October 5
*Columbia at Penn, 7 pm
Saturday, October 6
*Cornell at Harvard, 12 pm
* Brown at Princeton, 4 pm
*Yale at Dartmouth, 4:30 pm
Saturday, October 7
Penn at St. Francis (Pa.), 12 pm
Columbia at NJIT, 7 pm
*-Ivy League Contest