Bulldogs Face Challenging Weekend in New England

Oct. 5, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The two key aspects of Yale's 2006-07 schedule - Ivy League play and challenging non-league games - will be on full display this weekend. After traveling to Hanover, N.H., to take on Ancient Eight foe Dartmouth Saturday at Noon, the Bulldogs will continue on to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face No. 6 North Carolina in a neutral site game Sunday at 1:00.

Yale (2-7, 1-1 Ivy) needs a win to maintain its hopes of an Ivy League title. Both Princeton (4-0) and Brown (2-0) enter the weekend undefeated in Ivy play, while every other team in the league has two losses. That includes Dartmouth (3-5, 1-2 Ivy). The Big Green lost to Brown 2-0 and Princeton 2-1 to open Ivy play before notching a 2-1 win over Penn last Saturday.

Junior forward Cat Lindroth (Farmington, Conn.) scored Yale's lone goal last year against Dartmouth in a 4-1 Big Green win. Senior midfielder Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.) generated the majority of the attack with four of Yale's nine shots for the game. Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.) made three saves and allowed two goals in 35 minutes of work.

Dartmouth's leading scorer is junior forward Lizzie Bildner, who has seven goals on the year. Junior goalkeeper Ashley Heist has a .714 save percentage and a 3.73 goals-against average.

North Carolina (9-4, 0-3 ACC) plays at No. 4 Boston College on Saturday before facing the Bulldogs at the Newton Campus Sports Complex Sunday. The Tar Heels have outscored their opponents 49-15 this season. Senior forward/midfielder Karen Mann leads the team in goals with 10. Freshman goalkeeper Brianna O'Donnell has played all 933:53 and has a .779 save percentage and 1.12 goals-against average.

The Tar Heels are one of two teams in the current top 20 that Yale plays this season. Yale fell to current No. 10 UConn in September. The Bulldogs' non-conference schedule also includes three teams that are currently among those "also receiving votes". Yale lost to Northwestern and Holy Cross earlier this year and will play BU at MIT on Oct. 15.

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Note: Dartmouth is scheduled to offer live video of the game through its website, www.dartmouthsports.com.