Nov. 14, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two days after earning a share of the Ivy League title, the Bulldogs learned they will be playing in the NCAA College Cup. Yale was one of 25 teams to earn an at-large berth and will host Stony Brook in a first-round game on Friday at 4 p.m. in the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.
"We've accomplished a lot in the last 48 hours," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "Obviously we're ecstatic to get a bid, and to be rewarded with a home game is extra special."
The Bulldogs (10-3-4, 5-1-1 Ivy) tied for the Ivy title with Dartmouth and Brown, but Dartmouth earned the Ivy's automatic bid by virtue of head-to-head-to-head record. The Big Green was 1-0-1 against Yale and Brown, while the Bulldogs were 1-1 and the Bears 0-1-1. Brown also received an at-large berth.
The winner of Friday's Yale-Stony Brook game plays eighth-seeded Connecticut on Nov. 22 in Storrs. The Huskies (15-3-1) earned a first round bye.
Yale is making its sixth NCAA College Cup appearance and is 5-5 all-time. The Bulldogs last appearance came in 1999 when they beat Rutgers in the first round before falling to UConn.
Yale last hosted an NCAA Tournament game in 1991. The Bulldogs beat Boston University 3-2 and then knocked off Seton Hall 4-3 before losing at Virginia in the quarterfinals.
Stony Brook (12-4-4) earned the America East's automatic berth by winning the conference tournament. The Sea Wolves defeated Binghamton on penalty kicks on Saturday. Michael Palacio leads the team in scoring with 25 points (7 goals, 11 assists). EJ Xikis has started 12 games in goal and has an 0.80 goals against average.
"Stony Brook is a talented team, so we'll certainly have our hands full," Tompkins said.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity