Bulldogs Back In Action At Penn

Trish Berkanish. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Trish Berkanish. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Looking To Stay In Ivy Race

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale and Penn have played scoreless ties in two of the last three years. That doesn't figure to happen again when the teams meet on Saturday at Rhodes Field. The Quakers and Bulldogs are the top two scoring offenses in the Ivy League. Penn has a league best 32 goals, including 10 in its last three games, while Yale has scored 26 times. Kickoff at Rhodes Field is slated for 5 p.m.

The Bulldogs (8-5, 3-1 Ivy) are looking to rebound from Tuesday's loss to Harvard. Yale, which now trails the first-place Crimson by three points, cannot afford another slip up in league play. Becky Brown anchors the Bulldogs offense. She scored her team-leading 10th goal of the season against Harvard, and with 17 career assists, she is tied with Laurel Karnes for the fifth most in school history. Miyuki Hino also has been hot with goals in three of the last four games.

Yale's defense, which has posted seven shutouts, faces its stiffest test of the season in Penn's Jessica Fuccello, who has 16 goals in 13 games. Fuccello was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday after scoring three goals and adding an assist in a 5-1 thrashing of Dartmouth last Saturday. The Quakers (8-3-2, 2-2 Ivy) have won five of their last six games and are 7-0-1 at home this season.

Last year's game was played with the wind gusting to nearly 40 miles per hour at Reese Stadium which contributed to neither team being able to score. Yale leads the all-time series with the Quakers 12-4-4 but hasn't won in Philadelphia since 2003.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity