Bulldogs Face Dartmouth In Key Ivy Showdown

Oct. 6, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Ivy League play is in full swing and the Bulldogs have an important game on Sunday in Hanover, N.H. Yale and Dartmouth, who both shared the Ivy League title with Brown last year, meet at 2:30 p.m. at Chase Field, following the Yale-Dartmouth women's game.

The Bulldogs (4-6-1 overall) are 1-1 in Ivy play, while the Big Green is 0-1-1. Penn is in first place with a 2-0 mark, while Brown is second at 1-0-1.

"The Ivy race appears to be as wide open as ever," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "There are some good teams in this league and as long as everybody still has a chance at the title, one can expect spirited and hard-fought games this weekend and beyond."

If recent history is any indication, Sunday's game figures to be low scoring. Four of the last five games between the teams have ended 1-0, including a Big Green victory last year in a rainstorm at Reese Stadium.

The Bulldogs have already seen Dartmouth this season. The Big Green played in the E*Trade Financial 2006 Yale Soccer Classic Presented by Barnes & Noble in September and played a scoreless tie with Colgate before dropping a 1-0 decision to George Mason.

The Big Green (2-5-3 overall) feature one of the top goalkeepers in the Ivy League in Rowan Anders, who was first team All-Ivy in 2005. Anders has started eight games this year and has a goals against average of 0.68. Two players - Daniel Keat and Mike Ordonez - have combined to score five of Dartmouth's six goals on the season.

"Dartmouth is an experienced and soccer-savvy team," Tompkins said. "They have had their difficulties in non-league competition, but they will be up for the challenge this weekend, and we fully expect another close game."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity