Oct. 25, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn - When Yale and Columbia meet on Saturday night, both teams will be coming off what they hope are momentum building performances. The Bulldogs (2-6-4, 0-1-2 Ivy) played second-ranked UConn even for much of Wednesday night's game before dropping a 2-1 decision. Columbia, meanwhile, rallied from a 3-1 deficit to defeat Lehigh 4-3 in overtime. Kickoff at the Baker Athletic Complex is at 7 p.m.
A young Yale forward line has been showing signs of improvement throughout the season. After struggling to finish chances early, the Bulldogs have been better recently. Sophomore Kevin Pope has scored in two of the last three games and now shares the team lead in goals with Tyler Guse. Overall, seven different players have combined for Yale's 10 goals.
Defensively, the Bulldogs held UConn's high-powered offense to just eight shots on Wednesday.
The Lions (3-8-1, 0-3 Ivy) have dropped two of their three league games by one goal. Columbia is led in scoring by Tom Heinbockel, who has six points (2 goals, 2 assists). Hayden Johns and Tom Smith both have two goals. Michael Testa has seen a majority of the action in goal and has a 2.22 goals against average.
The Bulldogs have won four of the last five games played in New York and lead the all-time series 28-23-5. Last year, James Stewart '07 scored the winning goal in overtime as Yale won 4-3 on Senior Day at Reese Stadium.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity