Photos courtesy of Dartmouth Athletics Communications, Princeton Athletic Communications and Yale Sports Publicity
PRINCETON, N.J. -- With three Ivy games
remaining, there are five women’s soccer teams still within
grasp of the League title and the automatic bid to the NCAA
Princeton (9-3-1, 4-0-0 Ivy) took over sole possession of first-place in the standings and is 4-0 in the League for the first time since 2004 after a 2-1 win over Columbia (6-7-0, 2-2-0 Ivy), the second Ivy loss for the Lions. Sophomore Lauren Lazo’s goal in the 28th minute gave the Tigers a 2-0 lead and proved to be the gamewinner, as Columbia got on the board in the 81st minute on junior Coleen Rizzo’s score. The Lions were unable to capitalize on a pair of corner kicks in the 88th minute and Princeton held on for the victory.
Penn (7-5-1, 3-1-0 Ivy) suffered its first Ivy loss of the season, falling to Dartmouth (9-4-0, 3-1-0 Ivy), 2-1. The Quakers and the Big Green are tied in second-place with nine points apiece, just ahead of last year’s League champion, Harvard (6-3-3, 2-1-1 Ivy). The Crimson is now in fourth-place in the standings with seven points thanks to a 4-1 win over Brown (6-6-0, 0-4-0 Ivy). All five goals were scored in the second half as Harvard recorded its highest offensive output since netting four goals against New Hampshire on Sept. 25, 2011. Sophomore Meg Casscells-Hamby factored into all of her team’s goals with a career-high six points on two goals and two assists.
Yale (6-6-0, 1-3-0 Ivy) picked up its first Ivy win of the season with a 1-0 win over Cornell (1-11-1, 0-3-1 Ivy). The Big Red lost in heartbreaking fashion, giving up an own goal with 5:58 left in regulation. It was Yale's first shutout in Ithaca since a 2-0 win in 2004.
Dartmouth and Princeton each went 2-0 on the week, as both teams won their non-conference matchups. The Big Green defeated Brown in a non-conference game, 1-0, while the Tigers defeated Lehigh, 6-1.
This coming week should provide some clarity in the race for the conference title, as Princeton will host Harvard on Oct. 20. That same day, Columbia faces Dartmouth in New York and Penn travels to Yale. On Sunday, Brown will host Cornell. The League’s non-conference contests include Harvard hosting Holy Cross on Tuesday and Dartmouth facing Boston U. on Wednesday.
CO-PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Princeton senior Jen Hoy (Sellersville, Pa.) and Dartmouth senior Aurelia Solomon (Washington) were instrumental in their teams’ 2-0 weeks.
Hoy scored four goals in the two games, including three in a 6-1 win over Lehigh for her third hat trick of the season. Her fourth goal of the week gave Princeton a 1-0 lead in its eventual 2-1 win over Columbia that kept the Tigers undefeated in League play. Hoy has 15 goals on the season, the second-best single-season mark in program history. She is ahead of the pace set by Princeton's single-season record holder, Esmeralda Negron, who had 10 goals through 13 games in 2004. Negron finished with 20 scores that season.
Hoy takes home her third Player of the Week award this season (Sept. 3, Sept. 24) to become the second Tiger to accomplish that feat and the first since Negron earned the award three times in 2004. Hoy has now received the accolade four times overall.
Hoy’s Weekly Stats
2GP, 4G, 8 Pts., 7 Shots, 5 SOG, 1 GW
Solomon tallied three points on a goal and an assist last week, but she made each point count. She assisted the gamewinner in Dartmouth’s 1-0 non-conference win over Brown and then scored the gamewinner in a 2-1 victory over Penn, which was the Quakers’ first Ivy loss of the season. Dartmouth has won three in a row and Solomon has recorded at least a point in each victory.
Solomon becomes the second Big Green to earn Player of the Week honors this season, joining teammate Emma Brush (Sept. 10). It marks the first time that Dartmouth received two Player of the Week honors in the same season since 2006, when Amanda Webb (10/10) and Nicole Cameli (Oct. 31) were the recipients.
Solomon’s Weekly Stats
2 GP, 1G, 1A, 3 Pts., 3 Shots, 2 SOG, 1 GW
ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Yale freshman goalkeeper Rachel Ames (Huntsville, Ala.) led Yale to its first Ivy League victory, posting four saves in a 1-0 win over Cornell. It marked Ames’ first career shutout and the Bulldogs’ third cleansheet of the season. The win ended a three-game losing streak for Yale. Ames improved to 3-4 on the year with the victory.
Ames earns her first career Ivy League weekly award and joins Paula Hagopian, who was named Rookie of the Week on Sept. 3.
Ames’ Weekly Stats
1 GP-1 GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 4 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %, 1-0, 1 SO
Amber Bledsoe, Brown (Jr., GK – Cincinnati)
2 GP-2 GS, 90:00 Mins., 0 GA, 0.00 GAA, 7 Svs., 1.000 Sv. %
Meg Casscells-Hamby, Harvard (So., M –
Winter Park, Fla.)
1 GP, 2G, 2A, 6 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG
Tuesday, October 16
Holy Cross at Harvard, 7 pm
Wednesday, October 17
Boston U. at Dartmouth, 7 pm
Saturday, October 20
*Dartmouth at Columbia, 4 pm
*Penn at Yale, 5:30 pm
*Harvard at Princeton, 7 pm
Sunday, October 21
*Cornell at Brown, 3 pm
*-Ivy League Contest