Oct. 23, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Over the years, Yale has enjoyed a pretty significant home field advantage at Reese Stadium. It will certainly be put to the test over the final month of the 2007 season. The last three teams scheduled to come to New Haven are all ranked in the top 13 in this week's NSCAA top 25 poll. The first of the visitors is second-ranked UConn on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.
The Bulldogs, who host No. 6 Brown on Nov. 3 and 13th-ranked Harvard on Nov. 17, saw their six-game unbeaten snapped with a 2-1 double-overtime loss to Penn on Saturday. Yale (2-5-4) has gone to overtime in each of its last three games and five of its last six.
Two players - Kevin Pope and Aden Farina-Henry - were named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Both scored their first career goals in a 2-2 tie with Central Connecticut on Oct. 16. Five of Yale's nine goals this season have been scored by freshmen and sophomores.
The Huskies (12-2-1) feature one of the most potent offenses in the nation. They have outscored their opponents 32-9. O'Brian White leads the nation in points per game (34, 2.27 per game) and goals per game (15, 1.0 per game). Mike Pezza is first in assists per game (13, 0.87 per game). Defender Julius James is a two-time All-America selection and is a finalist for the Lowe's Senior Class Award.
UConn leads the all-time series 30-27-3, including a 4-1 victory last year in Storrs. Yale's last win over the Huskies was a 1-0 decision in 2003.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity