Nov. 2, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn - The muddled race for the Ivy League title should become a little clearer after Saturday night's action. With only two weekends of league play remaining, the top five teams are separated by just three points. The Bulldogs, who at 3-2 are tied with Harvard and Brown for third place, host Brown on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Reese Stadium.
While the Bulldogs and Bears are battling in New Haven, the two teams tied for first place - Princeton and Penn - will be meeting in Philadelphia. In addition, Harvard will be in New York taking on Columbia.
Saturday is also Senior Day at Reese Stadium. Yale's two seniors, Susan Starr and Mary Kuder, will be making their final regular season appearance at home. During their careers, the two have enjoyed outstanding success. In 2005, they helped the Bulldogs to the first outright Ivy League title in school history and a school-record 15 wins. The team advanced to the third round of the NCAA College Cup for the first time in school history and finished the season ranked 13th in the nation.
Starr has been a regular in goal in each of the last three years. This season, she has played in all 15 games and is among the national leaders in goals against average and save percentage. Her 0.65 goals against average leads the Ivy League, and she is second in save percentage. As a junior, she posted shutouts in Yale victories over Montana, Central Connecticut, Penn and Harvard. In her sophomore year, her sparkling 0.84 goals against average was fourth in the league.
Kuder has started 51 games in her three years at Yale. This season, she has anchored a Yale defense that has allowed only 16 goals in 15 games. Her first goal of the season was the game-winner in Yale's victory over Cornell. She also assisted on the game-winning goal in last Saturday's win over New Hampshire. As a junior, she was one of only four players to start all 17 games. She joined the team in 2005 after transferring from the University of Portland and made an immediate impact, starting 19 games and scoring the game-winning goal in Yale's victory over Central Connecticut in the first round of the NCAA College Cup.
The Bears (6-8-1) may be hottest team in the Ivy League having won four of their last five games. Last Saturday in Philadelphia, Kerrilynn Carney scored with 18 seconds left in the second overtime in a 1-0 victory over Penn.
Goalkeeper Steffi Yellin, who posted a pair of shutouts last week, was named the Ivy League Player of the Week. Jamie Mize and Julia Shapira share the team lead in goals with three apiece. Anne Friedland has a team-high four assists.
Brown leads the all-time series with Yale 20-10-1, but the Bulldogs have won the last three games, including a 4-2 decision last year in Providence.
Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity