June 16, 2005
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Head coach Rudy Meredith has put together the most challenging schedule in school history for the 2005 season. The Bulldogs play six teams that reached the NCAA Tournament last year - Duke, North Carolina, Central Connecticut, Maryland, Princeton and Harvard.
Yale opens its 17-game schedule against a pair of ACC powers at the North Carolina Soccer Classic. The Bulldogs battle Duke on Sept. 2 and then two days later take on perennial NCAA power North Carolina for the first time in school history. After the Tar Heels, Yale won't be quite done with the ACC. The Bulldogs play at Maryland, which reached the round of 16 in last year's NCAA Tournament, on Sept. 18.
New Haven area fans will have plenty of opportunities to see the Bulldogs as well. Yale's seven-game home slate begins with Hartford on Sept. 9. The Hawks are the first of five Connecticut opponents. The Bulldogs also host Quinnipiac (Sept. 13) and Sacred Heart (Oct. 18) and play at Central Connecticut (Sept. 11) and Fairfield (Sept. 27)
Yale's seven-game Ivy League schedule begins at Princeton on Sept. 24. The Tigers are the defending league champions and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament. The regular season concludes on Nov. 5 against Brown at the Soccer-Lacrosse Stadium.
The Bulldogs tied a school record with 13 wins last year and lost to Villanova in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
Sept. 2 vs. Duke 7 p.m.
Blue Devils return 10 of 11 starters from last year's team which reached the final 16 of the NCAA Tournament
Sept. 4 at North Carolina 1 p.m.
Tar Heels, who finished last season ranked fifth in the nation, have won 18 national championships
Sept. 6 at St. John's 7 p.m.
In 2005, Red Storm will be trying to qualify for the BIG EAST Tournament for the fifth straight year.
Sept. 9 HARTFORD 7 p.m.
Yale blanked the Hawks 2-0 in the last meeting between the teams, the 2003 season opener.
Sept. 11 at Central Connecticut 1 p.m.
Blue Devils have won three straight Northeast Conference titles
Sept. 13 QUINNIPIAC 7 p.m.
Quinnipiac sophomore Kirsten Van de Ven was the NEC Player and Rookie of the Year in 2004
Sept. 16 at George Mason 7 p.m.
First meeting between the Bulldogs and the Patriots
Sept. 18 at Maryland 2 p.m.
Brian Pensky is the new head coach at Maryland, which reached the final 16 of the NCAA Tournament last year.
Sept. 24 at Princeton 7 p.m.
The Tigers, who reached the semifinals of the NCAA Tournament last year, went 7-0 in Ivy League play, outscoring their opponents 24-3.
Sept. 27 at Fairfield 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs have shutout the Stags in each of the last three meetings.
Oct. 1 HARVARD 4 p.m.
Crimson fell to UConn in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last year
Oct. 8 DARTMOUTH 7 p.m.
Three of the last four Yale-Dartmouth games have gone to overtime. The Big Green won twice and the third ended in a scoreless tie.
Oct. 15 CORNELL 1 p.m.
Yale has won the last three meetings with the Big Red
Oct. 18 SACRED HEART 7 p.m.
Pioneers have lost on penalty kicks in the final of the NEC Tournament in each of the last two years
Oct. 22 at Penn Noon
Quakers have had five straight winning seasons
Oct. 28 at Columbia 7 p.m.
Lions won the 2004 ECAC Tournament, edging LIU 2-1 in overtime in the championship game.
Nov. 5 BROWN 7 p.m.
The Bears have 10 starters back from last year.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity