Two weeks into Ivy play, Princeton and Penn showed why they hold the top positions in the division, while the rest of the league continued to play inconsistently.
The Bears (6-3-0, 0-2-0) outshot the Lions 15-0 in the second half and 22-5 for the game, but it was Columbia that made the most of its limited attacks as Brown fell 2-0 to the Light Blue. The match was decided over a four-minute span toward the end of the first half, when Columbia forward/midfielder Coleen Rizzo notched the first Lion goal with a header in the 28th minute, followed by a goal from midfielder Beverly Leon in the 32nd to put the game away for good. Despite the lack of offense from the Light Blue in the second half, the Bears were stifled by the opposition’s defense. Brown looks to capitalize on its opportunities against division leader Princeton this Saturday.
The Big Red (0-10-0, 0-3-0) lost 2-1 to Penn, its sixth loss decided by one goal, and remained winless for the season. Penn struck twice with goals from midfielder Claire Walker and forward/midfielder Kerry Scalora in the 53rd and 60th minutes, respectively, before Cornell broke back with a goal from forward Maneesha Chitanvis in the 78th minute, her second of the season. Despite hope from Chitanvis’ goal, with the clock winding down, the Big Red was unable to score a game-tying goal, and Cornell reached double digits in losses in what has been a dreary season. The Big Red continues its pursuit of a win against the Crimson on Saturday.
The Big Green (6-4-0, 1-1-0) went winless this weekend, losing to Princeton 2-1 before falling to Pepperdine 1-0 in double overtime. The results attest to Dartmouth’s inconsistent play throughout this season, as it has tended to go on long hot streaks before enduring extensive winless periods. Against the Tigers, the Big Green matched the strong play of league-leading Princeton until the 74th minute, when Tiger sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Lazo headed a corner kick for the first goal of the match, and proceeded to score another goal four minutes later. Dartmouth responded quickly with a header from midfielder Chrissy Lozier to make it a one-point match, but it was as close as the Big Green would come to defeating Princeton. Dartmouth also came close to beating No. 2 Pepperdine, but the Waves’ leading scorer midfielder/forward Amanda LeCave scored a goal just out of the reach of Big Green goalkeeper Tatiana Saunders in the 103rd minute to give the Waves the 1-0 victory. Dartmouth looks to end its losing skid against Yale on Saturday.
The Crimson (4-3-2, 1-1-0) took out Yale in a 1-0 overtime win over the weekend. Harvard outshot the Bulldogs for the game 25-5, with nine shots on goal to none. Yale goalkeeper Rachel Ames held tough for the duration of regulation, before Crimson midfielder Meg Casscells-Hamby put one past Ames in the 95th minute. Two minutes before, Casscells-Hamby had a chance to end the game, but she was denied by a resilient Ames. In the end it was Harvard that prevailed, sinking Yale’s league record to 0-2. The Crimson looks to keep Cornell winless in Saturday’s match.
The Quakers (6-4-0, 2-0-0) were undefeated this weekend, beating Cornell 2-1 and downing New Jersey Institute of Technology 4-0. Penn scored twice, late in the game, against the Big Red to put the match away. Against the Highlanders, the Quakers wasted no time, getting their goals on the board early and putting up two goals within the first 12 minutes of the match. NJIT wasn’t able to climb out of the hole, as Penn went on to score another pair of goals later on in the match. The Quakers take on Columbia Friday night in a battle between two 2-0 conference record teams.
The Tigers (6-3-1, 2-0-0) stand atop the division and continued their winning ways this weekend by defeating Dartmouth. Sophomore midfielder/forward Lauren Lazo accounted for both Princeton goals, her first two of the season. Princeton next plays Brown on Saturday.
The Bulldogs (5-5-0, 0-2-0) continued their streaky play with another overtime loss against Harvard. Yale was beat in the 95th minute by a goal from Crimson midfielder Meg Casscells-Hamby, despite goalkeeper Rachel Ames’ career-high eight saves for the game. The Bulldogs look to go back to the winning side against Dartmouth on Saturday.