Trip To DC, Maryland On Tap For Bulldogs

Meredith Speck. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Meredith Speck. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Yale Faces No. 12 Georgetown, Towson

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After opening with a pair of victories last weekend, the Yale women's soccer team embarks on its longest road trip of the season. The Bulldogs head to Washington, DC, to face No. 12 Georgetown on Friday and then are in Maryland to meet Towson on Sunday for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Here are some storylines for the two games:

•  Yale's impressive start has caught the attention of the regional ranking committee. The Bulldogs are ninth in this week's NSCAA/Continental Tire Mid-Atlantic poll.

•  Yale is seeking its first 3-0 start since 2009. The Bulldogs haven't won their first four games since the 2004 team started 5-0. That team went on to earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, suffering a 2-1 loss to Villanova in the first round.

•  Melissa Gavin is off to a very strong start for the Bulldogs. Gavin was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2011 after scoring a team-best six goals. Last year, she was bothered by an injury which limited her to 14 games and three goals. Now healthy, she is once again making a big impact. She has a hand (2 goals, 2 assists) in all four Yale goals this season.

•  Freshman Geny Decker provided the Bulldogs with a big spark off the bench in Sunday's victory over UMass Lowell. She scored a pair of goals, the first two of her career.  

•  Yale's defense, anchored by Meredith Speck, Shannon McSweeney and Anna McCahon, has yielded just one goal in two games. Head coach Rudy Meredith also has used both of his goalkeepers. Rachel Ames made four saves to post a shutout against Stony Brook, and Elise Wilcox stopped three shots in the win over UMass Lowell.

•  Newcomer Eliza Loring will see a number of familiar faces when the Bulldogs face Georgetown. She played for the Hoyas last year before electing to transfer to Yale. Loring appeared in five games and scored one goal last fall for Georgetown.

•  Georgetown (6-0) has outscored its opponents 19-3 overall and 9-0 in three games in September.

•  The Hoyas, who were projected to finish second in the Big East preseason coaches poll, swept the individual preseason awards. Daphne Corboz was tabbed the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, Emily Menges was selected as the Preseason Defensive Player of the Year and Emma Newins was named the Preseason Goalkeeper of the Year.

•  Yale is playing Georgetown for only the second time. The Bulldogs blanked the Hoyas 2-0 in the Cape Cod Classic in 2003.

•  Towson (3-2-1) hosts Bucknell on Friday. The Tigers are currently unbeaten in their last three games, including a 2-1 win over Duquesne last Sunday.

•  Emily Banes has scored six goals in six games for the Tigers.

•  Yale and Towson are meeting for the first time.

•  Video and live stats are available for the Georgetown game.

•  Only live stats for the game at Towson.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity