June 21, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A visit from defending Big Ten champion Michigan State highlights the 2005 Yale schedule. The Bulldogs host the Spartans at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium Sept. 16 on the opening day of the Yale Classic. Two days later, defending Patriot League champion American, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament last year, will battle the Bulldogs.
Yale opens Ivy League play on Oct. 1 by hosting Harvard. One week later, defending Ivy champion Dartmouth visits the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.
"The 2005 schedule reflects our desire to combine challenging non-conference games with our traditionally tough Ivy League contests," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Facing so many well-established and talented opponents will be an excellent challenge for the team, and we are excited to see how we measure up against several teams that will likely advance to the NCAA College Cup."
The Bulldogs finished 7-10 overall and were 4-3 in Ivy League play in 2004.
Sept. 7 at Fairfield 7 p.m.
Stags, who went 7-6-3 last year, will be playing their third game
Sept. 11 PROVIDENCE 2 p.m.
Bulldogs and Friars meeting for the first time since 1997
Sept. 16 MICHIGAN STATE 7:30 p.m.
First round of Yale Soccer Classic; Spartans won first Big Ten title last fall before losing to Tulsa in NCAA Tournament
Sept. 18 AMERICAN 1:30 p.m.
Eagles won Patriot League and advanced to second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2004
Sept. 23 vs. Rhode Island 1:30 p.m.
First round of Dartmouth Tournament; Danleigh Borman was named the 2004 Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Year
Sept. 25 vs. Drake Noon
Yale Bulldogs play Drake Bulldogs for first time
Sept. 28 FAIRLEIGH DICKINSON 7 p.m.
Knights won fifth straight NEC regular season title before falling in NEC Tournament title game
Oct. 1 HARVARD 7 p.m.
Bulldogs blanked the Crimson 1-0 last year in Cambridge
Oct. 4 at Central Connecticut 3 p.m.
Blue Devils' junior Alex Harrison was the 2004 NEC Player of the Year
Oct. 8 DARTMOUTH 4 p.m.
Defending Ivy League champion Big Green lost to Boston University in the first round of the NCAA Tournament
Oct. 12 at Boston College 7 p.m.
Eagles, who will be in their first year in the ACC, reached round of 16 in last year's NCAA Tournament
Oct. 15 CORNELL 4 p.m.
Bulldogs 7-2-1 vs. Big Red in last 10 meetings
Oct. 22 at Penn 2:30 p.m.
Quakers were ranked as high as 14th in the nation last year
Oct. 26 HARTFORD 7 p.m.
Dan Gaspar, formerly a goalkeeper coach for the world-renowned Portuguese club team FC Porto, in his first year as head coach of the Hawks
Oct. 29 at Columbia 2:30 p.m.
Bulldogs won last meeting in New York 2-1 in overtime in 2003
Nov. 5 BROWN 4 p.m.
Bears lose three players who signed MLS professional contracts
Nov. 12 at Princeton 4 p.m.
Bulldogs meet the Tigers in their regular season finale for 10th time in last 11 years
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity