September 19, 2007

Harvard Men Dominate; Other Ivy Teams Struggle

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As the Red makes its home debut tonight against rival Colgate, here is what is happening around the rest of the Ivy League.

The Bulldogs men extended their losing streak to four games after falling to the Fairfield Stags, 0-1, last Saturday. Although they had possession of the ball for most of the game, the Stags scored the sole goal in the 33rd minute. Yale will take on St. Francis this Friday and UW-Milwaukee this Sunday in the Dartmouth Invitational. The women’s team, faring slightly better than the men’s team with a 1-4 record this season, fell to Portland, 0-1, this past weekend.

The season has been looking strong for the Crimson so far, as the team currently boasts an undefeated record (6-0). A couple of players on the team have also been acknowledged in the league recently. Sophomore Andre Akpan was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Monday, and is tied for the team lead in goals and assists. Adam Hahn was also selected to the Ivy League honor roll. On the women’s team, sophomore goalie Lauren Mann was named Ivy League Player of the Week, following an impressive performance this weekend when she made 12 saves, leading to 1-0 wins against both Boston and UW-Milwaukee.
Freshman Andrew Olsen was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Monday. He played a crucial role in the Green’s two wins this weekend, with an assist in the only goal against Old Dominion on Friday and one of two goals scored against William and Mary on Sunday. After this weekend, the Green are 3-1-1 for the season. The women’s team has had less luck so far, however, compiling a 1-5 record. They will return to the field tomorrow night to play against Massachusetts at home.

The Columbia Lions face a 0-4-0 season so far, after being defeated by Northeastern last Sunday, 4-0. Although senior goalie Michael Testa made four saves, Northeastern still managed to score twice in both halves. The Lions will be back on the field this Friday when they play UC Santa Barbara. The woman’s team has been more successful this season. They currently boast a 4-2-0 overall record after winning against LIU, 2-0, last Sunday.

The Tigers lost to Seton Hall 4-3 on Monday. The game was tied up until Seton Halls’ Eliseo Giusfredi scored in the last seven minutes. The Tigers have four losses and no wins on the season so far. They play again this Friday when they travel to Stanford to play in the Stanford Tournament.