Bulldogs Set For Long Trip To Ithaca

Oct. 12, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs embark on their longest trip of the Ivy League season when they make the nearly five hour bus trip to Ithaca, N.Y., to meet Cornell on Friday at 7 p.m. Both teams are in need of a victory to remain in the Ivy race.

Yale (4-7-1, 1-2 Ivy) has lost four straight but has been the victim of some unfortunate circumstances during the streak. Fairfield was awarded two penalty kicks in a 3-1 victory on Oct. 4, and Dartmouth scored five minutes into overtime last Sunday to win 1-0.

Markus Jackson was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. He had an assist on the Bulldogs' only goal against Fairfield, and he was active against Dartmouth, helping to set up Yale's best scoring chances.

Cornell (1-5-3, 0-2-1 Ivy) is coming off a pair of league defeats. The Big Red fell to Penn on Sept. 30 at Berman Field and at Harvard on Sept. 7, both times by a 1-0 score. Against the Quakers, Penn scored in the 58th minute and held on against a pressing Big Red offense in the final 30 minutes of the match. Last weekend at Harvard, the Crimson scored the game-winner in the 104th minute.

Dana Flanders leads Cornell in scoring with three points on the season. Five different players have scored a goal for the Big Red, while eight different players have at least one point. Luca Cerretani has played the last six games in goal, posting a 0.59 goals against average and saving 86 percent of the shots he has faced over that span.

"It would be a mistake to underestimate Cornell based on their season so far," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "They are a very tough defensive team with some talented individuals capable of breaking a game open. We have had some close, hard-fought games lately and we expect another in Ithaca on Friday. They will be highly-motivated to get a win, and we must match their intensity and focus. Self-belief, hard work and persistence will be essential for us to get the result we are after."

The Bulldogs are 3-1-1 in their last five meetings with Cornell, including a 2-0 win last year at Reese Stadium.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity

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