Pair of New England Rivals On Tap This Weekend

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Kevin Michalak (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Host Fairfield Friday, Travel To URI Sunday

Fairfield at Yale, Friday – 7 p.m.

Yale at Rhode Island Sunday – 1 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Reese Stadium has been very kind to the Yale men's soccer team so far in 2011. The Bulldogs are 3-0 at home, outscoring their opponents 12-2. They'll be looking to increase the streak to four straight when Fairfield comes to town on Friday for a 7 p.m. kickoff. Yale will then seek its first road win of the season on Sunday at Rhode Island. Kickoff for that contest is slated for 1 p.m.

The Bulldogs (3-2-1) are coming off one of their most dominant performances in years, a 7-0 victory over Marist last Sunday. Brad Rose scored twice and added two assists in the win, helping him earn Ivy League Player of the Week honors. Jenner Fox also had two goals and two assists. Yale has already scored 13 goals on the season after notching 10 all of last season. The Bulldogs have enjoyed a balanced attack. The 13 goals have come from eight different players.

Fairfield (0-4) has had a bit of a rough start to its season. Three of the Stags four losses have come by one goal, and they also had two games cancelled at the Mayor's Cup in Upstate New York because of flooding. Jordan Ayris has scored two of Fairfield's three goals.

Four of the last five Yale-Fairfield games have been decided by one goal or ended in a tie. The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 13-7-2.

Rhode Island has a 3-4 overall record and hosts Boston College on Friday night. Ross Morison leads the Rams in scoring with three goals. URI has won two straight games, including a 2-1 victory at Harvard.

Yale leads the all-time series with Rhode Island 11-4, but the Rams won the last meeting, 2-1 in overtime in New Haven in 2009.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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