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First-Place Columbia Visits Reese Stadium Saturday

First-Place Columbia Visits Reese Stadium Saturday

Oct. 26, 2006

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Last year, the Bulldogs headed to New York City to play Columbia riding high. Yale had a 12-game unbeaten streak and was in first place in the Ivy League. The Lions, though, pulled the upset, winning 2-1. When the teams meet Saturday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium, the roles will be reversed. Columbia is currently in first place and unbeaten in Ivy play, while the Bulldogs will try to play the role of spoiler.

"Columbia is on an emotional high," said Yale head coach Rudy Meredith. "We are definitely going to have to deal with their energy level."

The Bulldogs (6-6-2, 2-2-1 Ivy) are coming off one of their best performances of the season last Saturday against Penn. Yale outshot the Quakers 19-9, but had to settle for a scoreless tie.

Yale has been stingy on defense recently, allowing more than one goal only once in the last five games. In her last five games, goalkeeper Susan Starr has a goals against average of 0.46.

Eight Yale seniors will be making their final Ivy League appearance at Reese Stadium on Saturday. Chloe Beizer, Marcela Benitez, Trista Choksi, Erin Gillespie, Emily Haddad, Christina Huang, Mimi Macauley and Sarah Milby will all be recognized prior to the game.

The Lions are led by Shannon Munoz, who was named the Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday after scoring both goals in a 2-0 win over Dartmouth. Munoz leads the team in goals (7) and points (17). Allison Vespa has seen a majority of the action in goal this season and has a 0.76 goals against average.

Columbia, which has allowed only 11 goals in 15 games, can clinch its first Ivy League title with victories over Yale and Harvard next Saturday.

"They've never been in this position before," Meredith said. "It should be a very difficult game for us."

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity