Oct. 11, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - After last Saturday's 1-0 loss to Dartmouth, the Bulldogs have little margin for error in the remaining five Ivy League games. Since round robin play began in 1982, no team has won the Ivy title with more than one loss. As a result, Yale needs to get back on the winning track when Cornell visits Reese Stadium for a 4 p.m. kickoff.
The Bulldogs (6-5, 1-1 Ivy) controlled play for much of last Saturday's game, outshooting the Big Green 14-8, but were victimized when Maggie Goldstein scored late in the second half. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak.
Yale hasn't allowed more than one goal in a game since falling to Washington 2-1 on Sept. 14. The Bulldogs, though, have struggled at times to finish their scoring opportunities. Maggie Westfal leads the team with five goals. Freshman Becky Brown has three goals, while Hannah Smith and Natalia Mann share the team lead in assists with three apiece.
Cornell (4-7, 0-2 Ivy) has lost its first two Ivy games to Penn and Harvard by identical 1-0 scores. Lena Russomagno (6 goals) and Natalie Zandt (3) have combined to score nine of Cornell's 12 goals this season. Russomagno also has a team-high two assists.
Jodi Palmer has played every minute of every game in goal and has a 1.93 goals against average.
The Big Red snapped a four-game losing streak to Yale with a 3-1 victory last year in Ithaca. Cornell leads the all-time series 14-12, but the Bulldogs have won nine of the last 11 meetings.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity