Sept. 21, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two weeks after nearly knocking off defending Ivy League champion Princeton, Yale returns to league play with a trip to first-place Cornell (Sat., 7:00 p.m.). The Big Red is 2-0 in the league and has won six of the last seven games in the series with Yale, but the Bulldogs have a history of playing Cornell tough - the last six meetings between the two teams have been decided by one goal.
Cornell (4-1, 2-0 Ivy) features one of the stingiest goalkeepers in the league in junior Lizzie Goldblatt. She has allowed only two goals in more than 240 minutes in the cage, a goals-against average of 0.58. She leads the league in that category and in save percentage (.895). Sophomore attacker Brenna Gulotta (2-1-5) and senior attacker/midfielder Sarah Miller (1-3-5) are the team's top scorers.
Senior forward/midfielder Lindsay Collins and junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer accounted for Yale's goals in last season's 3-2 overtime loss to the Big Red at Johnson Field. Yale (1-5, 0-1 Ivy) is in the fourth game of a stretch in which it plays eight of 10 games away from home.
Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander is coming off a very active weekend in the Midwest - she made 25 saves in two games against Northwestern and Stanford. Friedlander was a key part of Yale's effort on defensive penalty corners, as the Bulldogs allowed only two goals on 24 corners. Friedlander has now stopped 61 of 79 shots this year (.772).
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity