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First-Place At Stake When Yale Meets Harvard On Tuesday

Sophia Merrifield. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Sophia Merrifield. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Teams Played A Scoreless Half On Oct. 3

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale and Harvard looked pretty evenly matched when they played 45 scoreless minutes on Oct. 3 before persistent lightning forced the game to be postponed. Not much has changed since then. Both teams have won two straight Ivy games and both are 3-0 in Ivy play. The make-up game is Tuesday at 3 p.m. at Reese Stadium and the winner will have sole possession of first place.

Both teams needed overtime to win on Saturday. Kristen Forster scored just 2 minutes, 7 seconds into the extra period to lift the Bulldogs (8-4) to a 2-1 win over Cornell. Forster, who leads the team with six assists, was named the Ivy League Rookie of the Week. Yale has won five of its last six games and received votes in last week's NSCAA national poll.

The Crimson (6-5-1) needed Katherine Sheeleigh's goal early in overtime to knock off Brown 1-0 on Saturday. Sheeleigh leads the team with 15 points (6 goals, 3 assists). Melanie Baskind has a team-high five assists. Lauren Mann has started all 12 games in goal and has a 1.40 goals against average. Harvard has won five straight games.

Seven of the last eight Yale-Harvard games have either ended in a tie or been decided by one goal. The one exception came last year when Baskind scored and added two assists to lead the Crimson to a 3-1 victory in Cambridge.

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity