Oct. 13, 2006
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - For the first time since the Ivy League season began on Sept. 23, the Bulldogs didn't have a midweek game to concern themselves with before their weekend Ivy affair. Head coach Rudy Meredith made good use of the break. Following Sunday's game with Dartmouth, Meredith gave the team Monday and Tuesday off to rest and catch up on their studies. Then he worked them hard during practice on Wednesday and Thursday.
"We've tried to step up the intensity and make practice harder," Meredith said. "We didn't deal well with the pressure Dartmouth put on us early in the game, so I wanted to change the way we train a bit."
The Bulldogs (6-5-1, 2-1 Ivy) hope to see the benefits of their work when they travel to Ithaca, N.Y., to play Cornell on Saturday at noon. With six points, Yale is tied for third place with Harvard. Dartmouth (3-0) is first with nine points followed by Columbia (2-0-1), which has seven points.
The Big Red is 1-9-1 overall and 0-3 in Ivy play, but two of Cornell's three Ivy losses have been by one goal.
"Cornell is a very dangerous team," Meredith said. "The Harvard coach told me they probably should have lost when they played them, and their loss to Penn was 1-0."
Caitlin Oliver leads the Big Red with six points, while Carlyn Swensen has played the majority of time in goal and has a goals against average of 1.71.
Yale has won four straight games against Cornell, including a 5-0 victory last year at Reese Stadium, but the Big Red leads the all-time series 13-12.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity