A New Season

A New Season

Sept. 9, 2004

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A pair of stern tests await Yale at the season-opening Brown Classic this weekend. The Bulldogs kick off 2004 by playing the University of San Francisco on Friday at 5 p.m. and then take on ACC foe Clemson on Sunday at noon. Both the Dons and Tigers are already battle tested. San Francisco is 2-0 with wins over UC Davis and UMass, while Clemson is 1-1 after opening the season with a 5-0 win over Lipscomb and then dropping a 2-0 decision to UNC Greensboro.

"We are looking forward to our annual partnership with Brown and anticipate some challenging competition in Providence," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "The players have worked hard and are eager to get their season started. As always, there are excellent teams from outside of the region in the tournament, and we will be put to the test in both games."

The Bulldogs figure to be serious contenders for the Ivy League title in 2004. Tompkins' squad features a balanced attack - five of last year's top six scorers return, along with the majority of a defense that yielded only 18 goals in 17 games.

Yale opens its home schedule by hosting the Yale Classic Presented By Barnes & Noble on Sept. 17 and 19. The Bulldogs play Duquesne on Sept. 17 and Hartwick on Sept. 19.