Last Saturday, defending Ivy co-champion Brown defeated Cornell, propelling the Bears into first place and ending Big Red’s 12-game winning streak and undefeated season. Brown and Dartmouth are the only Ivy teams to have won both of their past two games, with Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and Princeton all splitting their last two matches. Columbia has tied one game and lost the other, while Penn has dropped both of its matches.
Two Tuesdays ago, forward Ben Maurey scored with 3:47 left on the clock to give visiting Brown (11-1-2, 3-0-1) a 1-0 victory over Boston College. This victory extended Brown’s winning streak to nine games. On Saturday, the Bears, last year’s Ivy co-champions, defeated the Big Red 2-0, ending Cornell’s undefeated season. Five minutes into the match, Maurey scored the first goal of the game, and with 19:30 left on the clock, the Bears solidified their lead with a Cornell own goal. The Bears now hold first place in the conference.
Cornell (12-1-0, 3-1-0) bested Yale 3-0 at home two weeks ago, extending its winning streak to a school-record 12 games. In the first half, the Big Red was held scoreless, but earned second-half goals from Tyler Regan, Atticus DeProspo, and Daniel Haber, for the 3-0 shutout. Goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer earned his third shutout of the season, and Haber scored his 16th goal of the year. Cornell entered Saturday’s road match against Brown ranked 10th in the nation, a 12-game winning streak, and the honor of being the only Division I team left that hadn’t suffered a loss or tie, but the Bears handed the Big Red its first loss of the season with a 2-0 defeat. The Big Red had 15 shots to the Bears’ 10, but were unable to hit pay dirt on the way to the team’s first loss. Cornell is now second to Brown in the Ancient Eight.
Two weeks ago, Dartmouth(7-6-0, 3-1-0) defeated Penn 3-1, scoring two goals in the first 33 minutes of the match. Though the Quakers scored right before the close of the first half, Big Green goalkeeper Noah Cohen made four saves after halftime, preventing a tying goal from the Penn offense. Dartmouth midfielder Andoni Georgiou, who posted a team-high three shots, added to his team’s lead with a second-half goal to seal the win. The Big Green then won its second consecutive match on Saturday, defeating host Columbia 3-1. The Lions’ only score came on an own goal by the Dartmouth defense in the second half. Dartmouth is currently tied for second in the league with Cornell.
Two weeks ago, the Crimson (2-8-3, 0-3-1) experienced its sole tiebreaker victory of the season with a 2-1 double-overtime win over Boston University. The win also marked Harvard’s first double-overtime victory since 2010. After a scoreless first period of overtime, Harvard forward Zack Wolfenzon scored a goal in double overtime to put the Crimson ahead for good. In Saturday’s match at Princeton, Wolfenzon scored another goal to tie the game at one late in the game and force it into overtime. The Crimson managed to hold the Tigers scoreless during the first period of overtime, but less than two minutes into the second, Princeton midfielder Alex Wettermann scored off a loose ball in the box from a throw-in to give Harvard its eighth defeat of the season. With the loss, Harvard remains in seventh place in the Ivy standings.
Two Saturdays ago, Dartmouth’s two goals in the first 33 minutes of its match against Penn (2-11-0, 0-4-0) proved too much for the Quakers to overcome in the 3-1 Dartmouth victory. The Quakers then traveled to play Yale on Saturday, still looking for their first Ivy win. After a scoreless first half, the Quakers got on the board first with a penalty kick goal from forward Stephen Baker. But Penn’s defense then allowed two goals from the Bulldogs, giving Yale a 2-1 victory. The Quakers remain one of only five Division I teams to give up a goal in each of their games. Penn currently holds last place in the Ivy League.
Princeton (6-5-2, 2-0-2) dominated Adelphi on paper two Wednesdays ago, but was unable to convert its scoring chances in a 1-0 defeat. Though the Tigers took almost twice as many shots as the Panthers, Princeton was unable to find the back of the net. Adelphi’s winning goal came in the 56th minute off a header from Jordan Hibbert. Against Harvard on Saturday, though, Princeton found its groove. After the Crimson forced the game into overtime, Princeton midfielder Alex Wettermann scored off a loose ball in the box from a throw-in in double overtime, putting the Tigers in the lead. Princeton is now in third place in the conference and remains undefeated against Ancient Eight opponents.
Last Tuesday, Lehigh defeated Yale (4-7-3, 1-2-1) 1-0 in the Bulldogs’ last nonconference match of the season. With 2:10 left in the second half, Lehigh forward James Meyerkord scored the game’s only goal, handing the Bulldogs their third consecutive loss. Yale then broke its three-game losing streak in Saturday’s 2-1 home victory over Penn. Penn opened the scoring in the 66th minute but the Bulldogs quickly answered with a goal from forward Scott Armbrust at the 69:30 mark. Then, with only two minutes left on the clock, junior forward/midfielder Peter Jacobson scored the winning goal for the Bulldogs. Midfielder Jenner Fox assisted both of the goals for the Bulldogs, who are tied with Columbia for fifth place in the league.