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Battle For First Place Saturday At Reese Stadium

Frank Shaw (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity
Frank Shaw (photo by Don Clark, Yale Sports Publicity

Yale, Cornell Meet At 1 p.m.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Two of the hottest teams in the Ivy League will meet on Saturday when Cornell visits Yale. Both the Big Red and Bulldogs are 2-0 in Ivy play, so sole possession of first place is at stake. Kickoff on Youth Day at Reese Stadium is slated for 1 p.m.

Yale (6-4-1 overall) has won three of its last four games, and the only loss came when No. 1 ranked UConn scored with a minute left in double overtime. The Bulldogs haven't allowed a goal in either of their first two Ivy games.

Nick Alers played a key role in helping to keep Dartmouth off the board in last Saturday's 2-0 win over Dartmouth. Alers, who was named to the Ivy League Honor Roll on Monday, spent much of the game marking Lucky Mkosana, the Big Green's leading scorer who entered the game with seven goals. Mkosana was held to just two shots. Marcus DiLallo also played a big part in the defensive effort.

Offensively, the Bulldogs continued to get contributions from a number of different players. Yale's three goals in Ivy games have come from three different players – seniors Chris Dennen, Charlie Paris and Charlie Neil.

Cornell (7-1-3) hasn't lost since dropping a 3-1 decision to Niagara in the season opener on Sept. 2. The Big Red has outscored its opponents 19-7. Daniel Haber leads the team with six goals and 16 points. Goalkeeper Rick Pflasterer has started all 11 games and has a 0.61 goals against average.

Cornell blanked Penn 1-0 in its Ivy opener and then topped Harvard 3-1 last Saturday.

Yale has won the last three meetings with the Big Red, including a 1-0 decision in Ithaca, N.Y., last year.  

Report filed by Tim Bennett, Yale Sports Publicity