BROWN (2-0-0, 0-0-0 Ivy)
The Bears are off to a strong start this year after kicking off the season with two shutout victories. Brown opened its season last Friday with a 3-0 victory over St. John’s, as junior goalkeepers Amber Bledsoe and MC Barrett each played 45 minutes and kept the Red Storm off the scoreboard. Having Barrett and Bledsoe each play a half has proven to be a winning formula thus far for Brown, as the goalie duo once again kept the ball out of the net during a 1-0 Bears victory over New Hampshire on Sunday. The Bears will face Providence on the road this Thursday.
CORNELL (0-2-0, 0-0-0 Ivy)
The Big Red laid a big egg in its first game of the year against Georgetown on Saturday, as the Hoyas scored goals in droves on their way to a 6-1 victory. Junior goalkeeper Tori Christ had a rough first career start in the net, while sophomore forward Jaclyn Katz scored Cornell’s lone goal. The Big Red performed better two days later when it faced George Washington, but came up short in the game’s final minutes when Colonials sophomore Meg Murphy netted an unassisted goal. Murphy broke the 2-2 tie just as the 85th minute expired, giving George Washington the 3-2 win. Cornell will travel to Hamilton, N.Y. to take on Colgate on Friday.
DARTMOUTH (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Ivy)
Following a loss to No. 8 Central Florida last Friday to open the season, Dartmouth picked up a win over South Florida and will leave the Sunshine State with a 1-1 record. The Big Green held its own versus a ranked Central Florida team, and was down only one goal at halftime. However, the Knights went on to score again and prevented Dartmouth from clawing its way back, securing a 2-0 victory. The Big Green fared better two days later, picking up a 2-1 victory over South Florida. Dartmouth opened up the scoring 8:49 into the game, but the Bulls evened the score 10 minutes later, and the score remained 1-1 at halftime. Sophomore midfielder Kendall Kraus then gave the Big Green the lead for good at the 72 minute mark. Dartmouth will face Maine this Friday.
HARVARD (1-0-1, 0-0-0 Ivy)
Harvard dominated Massachusetts in its first game of the year, preventing the Minutewomen from scoring en route to a 2-0 win. Freshman midfielder Haley Washburn scored her first collegiate goal, while junior midfielder/defender Peyton Johnson added a score of her own. Sophomore keeper Bethany Kanten saved all five of Massachusetts’ shots on goal in a shutout performance. The Crimson followed the win with a 2-2 double overtime draw against visiting Boston University in a game that was close throughout. The Terriers grabbed a 2-1 lead 18:23 into the second half, but Harvard scored what turned out to be the game’s final goal 4:02 later, evening the score. The Crimson will have a couple days to recover from Monday’s contest before facing Dayton this Friday at home.
PENN (2-0-0, 0-0-0 Ivy)
With home wins over James Madison and Temple to begin their year, the Quakers are off to a hot start. James Madison kicked off the scoring last Friday 29:57 into the game, but the Duke Dogs’ lead proved to be short-lived as Penn junior forward Laura Oliver evened the score less than 30 seconds later. Junior forward/midfielder Kerry Scalora then scored what proved to be the game-winning goal 19:57 into the second half to cap off a 2-1 victory for the Quakers. Penn picked up where it left off on Sunday versus Temple, dominating the Owls on the way to a 2-0 victory. The Quakers will look to make it three in a row this Friday at home against Marist.
PRINCETON (0-1-1, 0-0-0 Ivy)
The Tigers opened the season with a 2-1 loss to No. 15 Wake Forest, in a game that featured a lot of late scoring. The game was scoreless until the Demon Deacons broke through at the 71:18 mark, only to have Princeton’s senior forward Jen Hoy score the equalizer less than six minutes later. Wake Forest quickly recovered to retake the lead at 80:26, and held on for the win. The Tigers followed the loss with a marathon affair versus Colgate that ended in a 4-4 draw after two overtimes. Hoy posted a hat trick in the effort, giving her four of the team’s five total goals so far this year. Princeton will host Saint Joseph’s on Friday at Roberts Stadium.
YALE (1-1-0, 0-0-0 Ivy)
Yale bounced back from a 1-0 halftime deficit to claim a dramatic 2-1 victory over Hartford last Friday to open its season. Hartford had the lead for more than 72 minutes after scoring early in the first half, but the Bulldogs evened the count 80:18 into the game. Yale senior midfielder Kristen Forster netted the game-winner just 26 seconds shy of the 90-minute mark. The Bulldogs followed their unlikely comeback victory with a 2-1 loss at Stony Brook on Sunday. Freshman forward Paula Hagopian scored Yale’s only goal.