PRINCETON, N.J. — Penn had a 34-game Ivy win streak snapped by Princeton last week, but rebounded with a 12-5 win over Brown to clinch a share of the 2011 regular-season Ivy League title.
Also confirmed following last week’s play was the Ivy League Tournament field and host.
The Quakers will be the No. 1 seed and host for the second annual tournament at Franklin Field on Philadelphia on May 6 and 8. Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton round out the field, with the Tigers securing the No. 4 seed. A match-up between the Big Green and Crimson this week will determine which squad is the No. 2 and No. 3 seed, though regardless, the two will face off against each other in the semifinal match-up.
Cornell closed out 2011 Ivy play with a 14-3 win over Yale, finishing at 3-4 and fifth in the League standings. While Brown dropped its only Ivy contest of the week, it did pick up a huge 26-6 win over St. Mary’s (CA). The Bears’ scoring output was the highest of any Ivy team this season, as well as setting a school record, surpassing the previous mark of 22.
OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Cassie Pyle (Alexandria, Va.) led Princeton in scoring during the week with six goals and an assist for nine points as the Tigers played both No. 8 Penn and No. 14 Dartmouth on the road within three days of each other. She had three goals and one assist at Penn, as Princeton delivered the Quakers their first Ivy League loss in 35 games. Pyle scored on each of her three shots on goal. She converted a free position to give Princeton a 1-0 lead. With the score tied at 3-3, Pyle regained the lead for the Tigers at 12:44 when she drove through her defenders down the lane and for the score. Pyle notched her third goal at 26:27 of the second to help Princeton take a 9-5 lead shooting low far post. At Dartmouth, Pyle recorded her second consecutive hat trick. She converted a free-position attempt at 23:30 in the second half, and tried to get her team back in the game as she scored back-to-back unassisted goals in a span of 1:17 to make it a 15-10 game.
Pyle’s Weekly Statistics
6G, 1A, 7 Pts., 9 Shots, 9 SOG, 1 GB, 1 DC, Team: 1-1
DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Dartmouth senior defender Shannie MacKenzie (Riverside, Conn.) helped the Big Green to a huge 15-10 win over archrival No. 15 Princeton, keeping her team in contention for the 2011 Ivy League title. MacKenzie played her usual stalwart defense, helping the Big Green hold the Tigers to just three first-half goals and withstanding a late rally in the second half. Personally, MacKenzie was responsible for marking Princeton’s second-leading scorer, Jaci Gassaway and succeeded in holding her to only two goals and two shots for the entire game. Statistically, MacKenzie grabbed four ground balls and caused two turnovers including one with just over five minutes left that led to a critical late goal for Dartmouth.
MacKenzie’s Weekly Statistics
1GP, 4 GB, 2 CT, Team: 1-0
Erin Brennan, Penn, Jr., Attack (Garden City, N.Y.)
5G, 5 Pts., 6 Shots, 5 SOG, 3 GB, 1 CT, 1 DC, Team: 1-1
Meredith Cain, Penn, So., Attack (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 7 Shots, 6 SOG, 6 GB, 5 CT, 3 DC, Team: 1-1
Alexa Caldwell, Brown, Sr., Midfielder (Middletown, Del.)
5G, 1A, 6 Pts., 10 Shots, 6 SOG, 7 GB, 3 CT, 8 DC, Team: 1-1
Kacie Johnson, Columbia, So., Attack (Wilton, Conn.)
5G, 3A, 8 Pts., 13 Shots, 9 SOG, 2 DC, Team: 1-1
Kaela McGilloway, Brown, Jr., Attack (Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
5G, 6 A, 11 Pts., 11 Shots, 7 SOG, 1 GB, 1 CT, Team: 1-1
Sarah Parks, Dartmouth, Jr., Attack (Ellicott City, Md.)
3G, 1A, 4 Pts., 4 Shots, 3 SOG, 1 GWG, 3 DT, Team: 1-0
Jessi Steinberg, Cornell, Jr., Attack (Suffern, N.Y.)
4G, 4 Pts., 8 Shots, 6 SOG, 1 GWG, 1 GB, 1 CT, 2 DC, Team: 1-0
Danielle Tetreault, Harvard, So., Midfielder (Geilderland, N.Y.)
7G, 2A, 9 Pts., 9 Shots, 8 SOG, 4 GB, 4 DC, Team: 2-0
Erin Tochihara, Princeton, Sr., Goalkeeper (Englewood, Colo.)
2GP/2GS, 120 mins, 22 GA, 11.00 GAA, 15 SVS, .405 SV%, Team 1-1
A share of the Ivy League regular-season title is on the line Friday when Harvard (9-4, 5-1) travels to Hanover, N.H., to face Dartmouth (9-3, 5-1) in a 7 p.m. match-up. While Penn (10-4, 6-1) clinched a share of its fifth consecutive crown last week, the Crimson and Big Green, each at 5-1 in Ivy play, have both positioned to join the Quakers as co-champs.
Also wrapping up Ivy play this week are Yale (2-11, 0-6) and Brown (6-8, 1-5), who face off Wednesday in Providence, R.I., and Columbia (4-9, 1-5) and Princeton (7-6, 4-2), who are making up a previously suspended game due to lighting back on March 23.
Penn and Dartmouth also look to help their overall RPI and prep for the upcoming Ivy League Tournament with non-conference match-ups against Duke and Maryland, respectively.
Tuesday, April 26
Cornell at No. 18 Syracuse, 7 pm
Wednesday, April 27
*Yale at Brown, 4 pm
*Columbia at No. 15 Princeton, 7 pm
Friday, April 29
*Harvard at No. 14 Dartmouth, 7 pm
No. 10 Penn vs. No. 4 Duke, 7 pm (at Drexel)
Saturday, April 30
Stony Brook at Yale, 1 pm
Columbia at Binghamton, 1 pm
No. 13 Penn State at Princeton, 1 pm
Sunday, May 1
No. 2 Florida at Cornell, Noon
No. 1 Maryland at No. 14 Dartmouth, Noon