Yale to Play Three in Ithaca

Jan. 14, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Bulldogs will look to improve to 9-0 when they battle Cornell, Hobart, and Western Ontario this weekend in Ithaca.

Yale played five different matches last weekend in four different cities and won all five matches. The Bulldogs cruised to 9-0 wins over both Amherst and Williams College in Amherst and Williamstown, Mass., respectively. Yale defeated Ivy League rival Dartmouth 7-2 in Hanover to improve to 2-0 in the Ivy League for the season. The Bulldogs wrapped up their weekend with two victories over Rochester and Bowdoin College at home.

Previous to these victories, Yale opened its season with an 8-1 win over Penn at home back on Dec. 6.

Scouting Cornell
Cornell will present a big challenge for the Yale squad this season. Cornell has started this season with a 5-1 record including its first victory ever against Ivy League rival Harvard when they defeated Harvard 6-3. Like the Bulldogs, the Big Red defeated Penn 8-1 in their Ivy League opener. The lone loss for Cornell came against Ivy League favorite and defending Ivy League champion Princeton.

While they have not presented a challenge to Yale in past years, the Big Red began to improve last season. Cornell gave Yale a run for its money in the semifinals of the Ivy League scrimmage when Yale pulled out a 5-4 win over Cornell. Cornell ended up taking third place in the scrimmage.

History Lessons
Last season Yale cruised to an 8-1 win over Cornell. The Big Red fared no better against the Bulldogs in 2007 or 2006 with 9-0 losses both seasons.

The Bulldogs did not face either Hobart or Western Ontario last season. The Bulldogs last faced the two teams two seasons ago when they defeated both teams 9-0.

Ivy League Scrimmage
Yale finished second in the Ivy Scrimmage this season at Yale Nov. 8 and 9. The Bulldogs cruised to a 9-0 win over Brown in their opening match before defeating Cornell 5-4. Yale dropped its final match of the Ivy League Scrimmage to defending Ivy League champion Princeton 7-2.

Report Filed by Steven Horn '10, Yale Sports Publicity