Oct. 13, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's trip to New England last weekend saw the Bulldogs notch their second Ivy win of the year but fall the next day to a non-league foe. This weekend offers Yale a chance to pursue that elusive sweep again. Yale visits Harvard Saturday at Noon for a crucial Ancient Eight game, then squares off against BU on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.
The Bulldogs (3-8, 2-1 Ivy) must be wary of underestimating a Harvard squad that is 1-10 overall (1-2 Ivy). The Crimson won its first game last Saturday by besting Cornell 1-0 in overtime.
Harvard had a six-game winning streak against Yale that was snapped last year at Johnson Field. Senior midfielder Heather Orrico (Southbury, Conn.) assisted on Katie Rivkin '06's game-winner off a penalty corner with 28:32 remaining.
Thanks to its win at Dartmouth last Saturday Yale enters the weekend in third place in the league, trailing only 4-0 Princeton and 3-0 Brown. The Tigers host the Bears on Saturday at Noon.
Head coach Pam Stuper said that the intensity of the rivalry ensures that this will be a hard-fought battle.
"Like any year, it's Yale-Harvard. It doesn't matter what the records are. It's going to be a great game."
The Bulldogs will not travel far after facing Harvard. BU plays its home games at MIT's Jack Barry Field in Cambridge. Yale has not beaten the Terriers since 1983, dropping the last six meetings. The Bulldogs have been shut out in each of the last four meetings, including last season's 1-0 loss. Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.) made five saves but was out dueled by Erin Prediger (nine saves).