Nov. 6, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's final road game of the 2008 season is one of the most difficult. The Bulldogs travel to defending Ivy League champion Brown on Saturday. Kickoff is slated for 4:30 p.m., and pay-per-view video is available from brownbears.com.
Yale (6-7-2, 2-3 Ivy) is 2-1-1 in its last four games, including a 4-2 victory over Columbia last Saturday at Reese Stadium. Kevin Pope, who scored and added an assist in the win over the Lions, was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday. Travis Chulick made three saves against Columbia to record his sixth victory in goal. He is 22nd in the nation in save percentage (.833) and 27th in saves (5.0 per game).
Brown (9-5-1, 3-2 Ivy) enters the game with nine points in Ivy play, three behind co-leaders Penn and Harvard and one back of third-place Dartmouth. The Bears had a six-game winning streak earlier in the year that had them in the national top-25 but have since lost three of their last four. Brown features one of the top players in the league in Rhett Bernstein, who was included on the 48-member Missouri Athletic Club's Hermann Trophy watch list prior to the start of the season.
"Brown is always one of the better teams in the Ivy League and they are particularly tough at home," said Yale head coach Brian Tompkins. "We have been playing better the past few weeks but know that we will need a strong performance on Saturday."
Last year in New Haven, Brown, ranked fourth in the nation at the time, edged the Bulldogs 2-0. Yale won the last time the teams played in Providence, 1-0 in 2006.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity