Oct. 25, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale needs a win on Friday night to stay alive in the race for the Ivy League title. To get it, the Bulldogs will have to defeat defending Ivy champion Columbia. The kickoff at the Baker Field Complex is slated for 7 p.m. Yale will then have a short turnaround before hosting New Hampshire in the final non-league game of the season on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
Live stats of the Columbia game can be viewed at gocolumbialions.com. On Saturday, stats of the New Hampshire game can be viewed on GameTracker at yalebulldogs.com.
At 2-2 in league play, the Bulldogs are tied for third-place with Harvard and Brown. Penn sits alone atop the standings with a 4-0 mark followed by Princeton at 3-1.
Yale (7-6 overall) is coming off a 2-1 loss at Penn last Saturday. Natalia Mann scored on a penalty kick late in the second half. Both of Mann's goals this year have come on penalty kicks. Maggie Westfal is tied for third in the Ivy League with six goals and is tied for fourth with 15 points.
Columbia (6-4-4, 1-2-1 Ivy) played a 1-1 tie at Dartmouth last Saturday. Sophie Reiser leads the Lions in scoring with 15 points (4 goals, 7 assists). Chrissy Butler and Allison Leonard both have five goals.
The Lions have won the last two meetings with Yale, including a 2-0 victory last year at Reese Stadium that helped them to the first league title in school history. The Bulldogs, though, lead the all-time series 17-3-2.
New Hampshire sits atop America East with a 6-1 conference mark. Yale is the fourth Ivy League opponent for the Wildcats, who beat Brown 2-0 but fell to Harvard 1-0 and Dartmouth 2-0. Michelle Sheehan leads the team in scoring with 18 points (8 goals, 2 assists).
Yale and New Hampshire are playing for the first time since 1998, a 1-0 Bulldog victory. New Hampshire, though, leads the all-time series 9-8.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity