October 24, 2008

Red Looks to Preserve Perfect Ivy Record

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After defeating Harvard in a close 1-0 match in Cambridge, Mass., field hockey’s Belen Martinez was named to the NFHCA Senior All Star team, and the team continues to hold on to an undefeated Ivy record.
Tomorrow, the Red is traveling to Providence, R.I., to take on Brown. Ivy play is typically tight, but Brown hasn’t won an Ivy game and is 3-10 overall.
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The Red should be looking to turn on their offensive momentum again. After a series of solid multi goal wins, the team came back to a close single-goal win at Harvard.
Since 2006 the Red has played 36 one goal games, and has lost in 4 one goal contests this season.
Providence should be just the right place for the Red to play heavy offense and get a lot of balls in the cage.
Brown is coming of a string of three overwhelming losses. In the past three matches they have been outscored 16-4. For the season their opponents have scored twice as many times as the Bears have.
In its last couple of Ivy games, Brown has been able to hold it relatively close. It lost to Harvard, 2-0, and lost to Dartmouth, 5-4, in overtime. The team can play, whether they’ll bring it out on Saturday is a whole other question all together.
Ivy play tends to be close, and the Red tends to get into close matches no matter which team it is. A close contest is not expected here, though is possible. Regardless, the team seems confident with five straight wins under their belt.
Though the team doesn’t want to discuss anything past this weekend’s game, the big fish on the horizon is Princeton. Just eight days away now, the Princeton game looks to be the Ivy League championship match.
The two teams currently stand undefeated, and if the Red can beat Brown this weekend and Princeton can topple Harvard, both will have an equal shot for top honors.
Princeton looks to be the favorite, being No.12 nationally, but anything can happen with such tight competition.
Brown should not trouble the Red this weekend, but watch out for a possibly close match. If the team can open up quickly as it has done pretty consistently this season the match may be over in the first 15 minutes.