June 20, 2006

Five NCAA College Cup Teams On 2006 Schedule

June 20, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Five opponents that reached the NCAA College Cup last fall highlight the 2006 Yale schedule. The Bulldogs play nine games in the friendly confines of Reese Stadium. Their longest trip comes when they take on Drake (Sept. 15) in Des Moines, Iowa, followed by a game in Omaha, Neb., two days later against perennial power Creighton.

"The 2006 schedule represents our ongoing commitment to having challenging non-conference opponents to further strengthen a demanding Ivy League schedule," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We will face a balance of traditional soccer powerhouses, up-and-coming programs with new coaches, regional rivals and an Ivy season that could once again go down to the last day. There will be no breathers at home or on the road, but we will relish the opportunity to prove ourselves against some excellent teams. Our squad has talent and experience, and this schedule will challenge them to be the best they can be."

The season opens with four straight home games, starting with a matchup against defending MAAC champion Marist on Sept. 2. After Boston College comes to town on Sept. 5, the Bulldogs host the Yale Classic. On Sept. 8, Dartmouth plays Colgate in the first game followed by the Yale-George Mason contest. On Sept. 10, Dartmouth and George Mason play before the Yale-Colgate game.

The trip to the midwest is followed by a road game against Fairleigh Dickinson on Sept. 20. The Ivy League season kicks off when Princeton visits Reese Stadium on Sept. 23. State rival UConn hosts the Bulldogs on Sept. 27 before Yale travels to Cambridge, Mass., to play archrival Harvard on Sept. 30.

After a home game against Fairfield on Oct. 4, the Bulldogs travel to Dartmouth, who shared last year's Ivy title with Brown and Yale. The Bulldogs then make the long journey to Ithaca, N.Y., to play Cornell on Oct. 13.

The home portion of the schedule concludes with games against Penn (Oct. 21), Albany (Oct. 24) and Columbia (Oct. 28).

The regular season ends on Nov. 5 with a key Ivy game at Brown.

2005 was a memorable season for the Bulldogs, who shared the Ivy League title with Brown and Dartmouth and received an at-large berth to the NCAA College Cup. Yale finished with a 10-4-4 overall record.

2006 Yale Men's Soccer Schedule

Sept. 2, MARIST, 2 p.m.
Red Foxes won the MAAC Tournament for the second straight year; fell to St. John's in opening round of NCAA College Cup.

Sept. 5, BOSTON COLLEGE, 7 p.m.
Eagles, who lost to Wake Forest in first round of ACC Tournament last year, beat the MLS's New England Revolution 3-1 in an exhibition game in April.

Sept. 8, GEORGE MASON, 7:30 p.m.
Bulldogs begin defense of their 2005 Yale Classic title. GMU was 7-7-4 last year.

Sept. 10, COLGATE, 2:30 p.m.
Follows Dartmouth-George Mason game on second day of Yale Classic. Red Raiders were 9-7-3 last year.

Sept. 15, at Drake, 7 p.m.
Yale Bulldogs defeated Drake Bulldogs 1-0 in the Dartmouth Classic last year. Homecoming for Yale senior Alex Munns, a Des Moines, Iowa, native.

Sept. 17, at Creighton, 1 p.m.
Blue Jays advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA College Cup before falling to Clemson.

Sept. 20, at Fairleigh Dickinson, 4 p.m.
Knights have beaten the Bulldogs in each of the last two years.

Sept. 23, PRINCETON, 4:30 p.m.
Yale clinched share of Ivy League title with 1-0 victory at Princeton in last year's regular season finale.

Sept. 27, at UConn, 7 p.m.
Bulldogs snapped six-game losing streak to Huskies with 1-0 win in last meeting in 2004. UConn advanced to third round of NCAA College Cup last year.

Sept. 30, at Harvard, Noon
Bulldogs have beaten the Crimson in each of the last three years.

Oct. 4, FAIRFIELD, 7:30 p.m.
Stags were ranked as high as 20th in the nation last year before falling in MAAC Championship game.

Oct. 8, at Dartmouth, 2:30 p.m.
Big Green shared Ivy title last year and lost to St. John's in second round of NCAA College Cup.

Oct. 13, at Cornell, 7 p.m.
Bulldogs are 7-1-1 against Big Red under Brian Tompkins.

Oct. 21, PENN, 7 p.m.
Quakers went 9-6-1 overall last year and finished fifth in the Ivy League. The team was voted Philadelphia Soccer Seven champion.

Oct. 24, ALBANY, 7 p.m.
First meeting between Bulldogs and Great Danes.

Oct. 28, COLUMBIA, 4:30 p.m.
Leo Chappel, the top assistant coach at the University of California, Santa Barbara last year, is the new head coach of the Lions, replacing Dieter Ficken, who retired after 27 years.

Nov. 5, at Brown, 1 p.m.
Bears were 11-5-2 last year, tied for the Ivy League title and advanced to second round of the NCAA College Cup. Brown has won or shared the Ivy crown in six of the last nine years.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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