October 6, 2006

First Place At Stake Sunday At Dartmouth

Oct. 6, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - First place in the Ivy League is at stake on Sunday when Yale and Dartmouth meet in Hanover, N.H., at noon. Both the Bulldogs and Big Green have won their first two Ivy games and are tied atop the Ancient Eight standings.

"It's a big game," said Yale forward Emma Whitfield, who had a goal and an assist in Yale's 2-1 victory over Fairfield on Wednesday. "Whoever wins will be able to control their own destiny."

The Bulldogs (6-4-1) have won two straight games and five of their last six. During that streak, Whitfield has eight points (2 goals, 4 assists) and Yale has outscored its opponents 11-4.

Dartmouth (6-3-1) is unbeaten in its last five games, including 1-0 victories over Brown and Princeton. The Big Green has six players with at least two goals, including Monica Martin, who leads the team in goals (3) and points (7). Goalkeeper Amanda Webb has appeared in all 10 games and has allowed only six goals (0.63 GAA).

"Dartmouth is never easy to play," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "They are a very hard-working team with excellent senior leadership."

The Bulldogs have won the last two meetings with the Big Green, including a 2-1 victory last year at Reese Stadium. Yale is 1-5 in its last six games in Hanover, however.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity