Early Ivy League Lead On Line Saturday

Becky Brown and Mary Kubiuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Becky Brown and Mary Kubiuk. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale And Harvard Face Off At 4:30 p.m.

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The early lead in the race for the Ivy League title will be at stake when Yale and Harvard face off on Saturday. Both the Bulldogs and Crimson posted wins in their Ivy openers last weekend. Dartmouth and Columbia are each 1-0 as well. Kickoff on Alumni Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 4:30 p.m. In addition, the game is part of Yale Athletics' "Team Up to Fight Cancer" Weekend.

The Bulldogs (5-3, 2-0 Ivy) have won two straight, including last Saturday's impressive 2-0 victory at Princeton. Mary Kubiuk and Miyuki Hino both scored and Becky Brown had a pair of assists for Yale, whose five wins have all come by shutout.

As part of the Alumni Day celebration, Yale will honor the 2004 team that reached the NCAA Tournament, finished with a 13-5 overall record and posted a school-record eight-game winning streak.

Harvard (3-5-1, 1-0 Ivy) also has a two-game winning streak. The Crimson, which shared last year's Ivy title with Princeton, edged Penn 3-2 last weekend and blanked Holy Cross 2-0 on Wednesday. Four different players have two goals for the Crimson. Lauren Mann has started all nine games in goal. She has a 1.73 goals against average and a .714 save percentage.

Seven of the last eight Yale-Harvard games have either ended in a tie or been decided by one goal. The one exception came last year when Melanie Baskind scored and added two assists to lead the Crimson to a 3-1 victory in Cambridge.

"Team Up to Fight Cancer Weekend"

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Yale field hockey, volleyball and women's soccer teams will combine efforts this October for the first-ever "Team Up to Fight Cancer" initiative. The teams will be selling t-shirts for $10 and collecting donations at home athletic events throughout the weekend of Oct. 2 to benefit the Yale Cancer Center, with the proceeds being designated for breast cancer research.

The new initiative was organized by head coaches Erin Appleman (volleyball), Rudy Meredith (women's soccer) and Pam Stuper (field hockey). "It has been great to work alongside the other coaches and student-athletes for such a worthy cause," said Appleman. "The athletic department has been very supportive of our efforts, and hopefully the ‘Team Up to Fight Cancer' initiative will become a Yale tradition for years to come".

In addition to gathering donations, the teams attended an informational seminar with Dr. Lyndsay Harris, a breast cancer research specialist from the Yale Cancer Center.

The women's soccer team will be collecting donations during the volleyball team's Ivy League opener at the John Lee Amphitheater against Brown at 7 p.m. on Oct. 2. The volleyball squad will then take over collection duties as the field hockey team hosts Cornell at Johnson Field on Oct. 3 at noon. After the contest with Big Red, the field hockey team will head to Reese Stadium to do its share as the women's soccer team challenges Harvard at 4:30 p.m. Donations may be made in person, via cash or check, at all three events. Special "Team Up to Fight Cancer" t-shirts will also be sold for $10 while supplies last.

Those who cannot attend but would still like to donate to the "Team Up to Fight Cancer" initiative can send checks made payable to Yale University, with "Donation - YCC" noted in the memo, to the address below by Oct. 15.

Through USPS:
Yale Volleyball
P.O. Box 20816
New Haven, CT 06520

Through UPS/FedEx:
Yale Volleyball
20 Tower Parkway
New Haven, CT 06511

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity