Final Test Before Saturday's Ivy League Opener
Yale at No. 2 UConn, Tuesday – 7:30 p.m.
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale's final tune-up before Saturday's Ivy League opener against Harvard will be a big challenge. The Bulldogs travel to No. 2 UConn on Tuesday. Kickoff at Morrone Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.
Yale (4-3-1) is coming off an impressive 3-1 victory at Rhode Island on Sunday. Peter Jacobson scored twice, including the game-winner. He was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Brad Rose, last week's Ivy League Player of the Week, added one goal and two assists. Rose is tied for second in the league with 11 points, 10 of which have come in the last three games.
Defensively, goalkeeper Bobby Thalman leads the league in save percentage (.840) and saves (42)
The Bulldogs are unbeaten (4-0-1) when they score but have been shutout in each of their three losses. In its last four games, Yale has scored 11 goals.
Goals don't figure to come easy against a UConn team that has outscored its opponents 15-2. By kickoff, the Huskies could be ranked first in the nation. Maryland, last week's No. 1, played a scoreless tie with Seton Hall, while UConn beat Boston College 2-0 and St. John's 2-0. Mamadou Diouf leads the Huskies with six goals.
Yale has played UConn tough over the years. The teams played a scoreless tie in 2008, but the Huskies have won each of the last two meetings – 2-0 in 2009 and 3-1 in the Bulldogs' season opener last year. Yale's last win in the series came in 2003, 1-0 when UConn was ranked 17th at the time.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity