Bulldogs Open Ivy Season By Hosting Princeton

Bulldogs Open Ivy Season By Hosting Princeton

Sept. 22, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The last time Yale played Princeton, it turned out to be a memorable night for the Bulldogs. In the regular season finale last November, a 1-0 victory over the Tigers, coupled with the 2-2 tie between Dartmouth and Brown earlier in the day, earned Yale a share of the Ivy League title. Ironically, the Bulldogs open the 2006 Ivy season by hosting Princeton on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. at Reese Stadium.

"Last year's game was one of the highlights of my career," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Seeing Gage Hills score such a wonderful game-winning goal and then seeing the joy and elation on the players' faces when they realized they were Ivy champions was a priceless moment. However, that game is consigned to history, and we need to be ready to deal with the present."

The Bulldogs (3-3-1) are coming off an impressive 2-1 victory over 17th-ranked Fairleigh Dickinson on Wednesday. Hills scored the game-winning goal on a penalty kick with less than three minutes remaining in the second half. It was his team-leading fifth goal of the season.

"We are gradually developing the consistency and effectiveness that we need," Tompkins said. "We know that we will have to raise our game a notch or two in the league games but the players are focused and ready for the challenge."

Princeton (3-2-2) has had some impressive results as well. The Tigers played a scoreless tie with Stanford in their season opener and have wins over Loyola, Md., American and Duquesne. Dan Cummins leads the team in scoring with eight points (3 goals, 2 assists). Jame Wunsch has two goals and one assist. Justin Oppenheimer has started seven games in goal and has a 0.95 goals against average.

"It is the first Ivy game, so both teams will be energized and motivated to get the win," Tompkins said. "We will need to control the tempo of the game and play intelligently with and without the ball. Yale-Princeton games are usually up-tempo, entertaining affairs and this should be no different."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity