Women's Soccer Takes to The Pitch This Weekend
PRINCETON, N.J. -- The 36th season of Ivy League women's soccer kicks off with a bang this weekend, as all eight teams will open their seasons with games on Friday and Sunday. Seven of this weekend's games are available on The Ivy League® Digital Network.
Defending Ivy League champion Princeton, coming off a trip to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2012, starts off with a pair of home games, hosting Richmond on Friday at 7:00 p.m. and Army on Sunday at 12:00 p.m.
Dartmouth, which finished second in the Ivy League last season, takes to the road to face a pair of Big Ten teams. The Big Green will play at Purdue on Friday at 7:00 p.m., before concluding its trip with a game at Northwestern on Sunday at 1:00 p.m.
Harvard, the 2011 Ivy champion, opens its 2013 campaign with a trip out west for the University of San Francisco Tournament. There, the Crimson will face No. 18 Cal on Friday at 7:30 p.m. and the host Dons on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
Brown plays at Quinnipiac on Friday at 5:00 p.m. and then returns home to take on St. John's on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Columbia travels across town to face Manhattan on 7:00 p.m. on Friday and then hosts Monmouth on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Cornell also opens on the road, at Sacred Heart on Friday at 4:00 p.m., then has its home opener on Sunday against Colgate at 1:00 p.m.
Penn's season begins with a pair of home games, first against Saint Peter's on Friday at 7:00 p.m., then on Sunday at 12:00 p.m. against Mount St. Mary's. Yale hosts Stony Brook on Friday at 7:00 p.m. before taking to the road on Sunday to face UMass-Lowell at 2:00 p.m.
A number of key players return this season. Dartmouth welcomes back three 2012 first-team All-Ivy recipients in sophomore Corey Delaney, senior Chrissy Lozier and junior goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders. Delaney was also unanimously voted Rookie of the Year last season. The Big Green is looking for its first Ivy League title since 2003.
The 2012 Player of the Year, Princeton's Jen Hoy, is now playing for the Chicago Red Stars of the National Women's Soccer League. The Tigers will look to junior Lauren Lazo to replace Hoy's scoring; Lazo was named first-team All-Ivy after leading the League in points (17) and goals (eight) in Ivy play a year ago. Another Tiger who was named first team last season returns in senior Gabriella Guzman.
Three other Ivies who earned first team status in 2012 are back in Brown senior Mika Siegelman, Harvard junior Meg Casscells-Hamby and Penn senior Kerry Scalora. Yale junior Melissa Gavin, who posted 10 points on four assists and three goals last season, hopes to return to her 2011 level when she was voted Rookie of the Year and first-team All-Ivy.
Columbia returns three All-Ivy performers from a year ago, as junior Beverly Leon was named to the second team and fellow classmates Catherine Troup and goalkeeper Grace Redmon received honorable mention status. Cornell, meanwhile, hopes junior Claire MacManus can build on her 2012 second-team All-Ivy performance.
Friday, September 6
Cornell at Sacred Heart, 4 pm
Brown at Quinnipiac, 5 pm
Richmond at Princeton, 6 pm [IVY]
Stony Brook at Yale, 7 pm [IVY]
Columbia at Manhattan, 7 pm [IVY]
Dartmouth at Purdue, 7 pm
Saint Peter's at Penn, 7 pm [IVY]
1 - Harvard at No. 18 Cal, 7:30 pm
Sunday, September 8
Mount St. Mary's at Penn, 12 pm [IVY]
Army at Princeton, 12 pm [IVY]
St. John's at Brown, 1 pm [IVY]
Monmouth at Columbia, 1 pm
Colgate at Cornell, 1 pm
Dartmouth at Northwestern, 1 pm
Yale at UMass-Lowell, 2 pm
1 - Harvard at San Francisco, 2 pm
1 - USF Tournament (San Francisco)
[IVY] game will be broadcast on Ivy League® Digital Network