Yale Faces Brown Saturday At 5:30 p.m.
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NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The final home game of the season has important implications for the Yale men's soccer team. The Bulldogs enter Saturday's contest with Brown still very much in contention for the Ivy League championship. A loss to the Bears, though, would end Yale's title aspirations. Kickoff on Senior Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 5:30 p.m. following the Yale-Brown women's game.
The Bulldogs (7-6-2, 3-2 Ivy) currently sit one point behind Dartmouth and Brown and two in back of first-place Cornell.
Chris Dennen, Marcus DiLallo, Aden Farina-Henry, Andy Hackbarth, Charlie Neil, Charlie Paris and Brad Rose, Yale's seven seniors, will all be playing their final regular season home game. The Class of 2012 has played a huge role in the success the Bulldogs have enjoyed this season. The game-winning goal in five of Yale's seven victories has come from a senior.
Dennen, the team captain, has started all 15 games and has provided outstanding leadership. He scored the only goal of the game in the win over Harvard, and also had a goal and an assist in the thrilling victory at Penn. As a junior, he was one of only three players to start all 17 games and helped anchor a defense that posted four shutouts and allowed one goal or less nine times. In his sophomore year he was the recipient of the Frank Dunne Award as Yale's most improved player, and as a rookie in 2008 he appeared in 14 games and scored his first career goal against Cornell.
DiLallo has been a mainstay on Yale's defense throughout his career. This season he also has made a contribution on offense. His long throw-ins have helped him notch five assists, which ties for the team lead. The biggest one came on Dennen's goal against Harvard. As a junior he started six games and the first two points of his career came in his sophomore year – assists against Adelphi and St. Francis, N.Y. In his freshman year he started the first seven games of the season.
Farina-Henry has overcome injuries in his career to be one of Yale's top scoring threats. This season, he scored Yale's goal in a 1-1 tie with Fairleigh Dickinson and also tallied as assist in the victory over Central Connecticut. He was unable to play in 2010 due to injury, but appeared in 16 games as a junior in 2009. His goal against Boston College was the game-winner. As a sophomore, he earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition after leading the team with four goals, despite being limited to six games. As a freshman he tied for second on the team in goals.
Hackbarth, who has missed all of his senior season with an injury, earned honorable mention All-Ivy recognition in each of his first three years and has started all but one game he has appeared in. As a junior last fall, he was one of only three players to start all 17 games and scored two goals, both on penalty kicks. In his sophomore year, he anchored the Yale defense and contributed two goals, and as a freshman he tied for third on the team in goals (2) and tied for fifth in points (5).
Neil has been a regular in the Yale lineup throughout his career, appearing in 51 games. This fall, he has two goals, including the game-winner against Quinnipiac. He also scored in the big Ivy League victory over Dartmouth. As a junior, he played in 10 games and assisted on the winning goal against Lehigh. In his sophomore year he scored against SMU and set up the game-winning goal at Boston College. As a rookie in 2008, he appeared in 16 games, the most of any freshman. His first career goal came against Cornell that year.
Paris has enjoyed a break-out season this fall. After appearing in only six games in his first three years, he has played in all 15 as a senior, including making 10 starts. Two of his three goals have been game-winners, including one in overtime in the thrilling victory at Penn. That performance earned him Ivy League Player of the Week honors. He also had the winning goal against Dartmouth. His first career goal came in the win over Marist.
Rose returned this fall after missing virtually all of last season with an injury. His presence was immediately felt as he tallied an assist in the season-opening win over Central Connecticut. He then added two goals and two assists against Marist and was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. In all, he has scored 11 goals in his career. In 2009, he earned second team All-Ivy recognition after leading the team with 16 points. As a freshman in 2007, he tied for the team lead in assists, was second in points and tied for second in goals.
Brown (9-4-2, 3-1-1 Ivy) is unbeaten in its last five games. T.J. Popolizio leads the team with eight goals, while Sean Rosa has added four goals. The Bears have outscored their opponents 7-3 in the first half this season.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity