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Princeton Visits For Ivy Opener

Geneva Decker (Steve Musco photo)
Geneva Decker (Steve Musco photo)

Bulldogs Face Defending Champion Tigers To Open League Play

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – There could be some fireworks when Yale begins Ivy League play on Saturday against Princeton. The Bulldogs and Tigers enter as the Ivy's highest scoring teams with 17 goals apiece. Kickoff at Reese Stadium is slated for 4 p.m. and video of the game is available from both the Ivy League Digital Network and ESPN3.

Both teams feature a number of scoring threats. Yale's Aerial Chavarin is the top scoring freshman in the league with six goals and 15 points. The Bulldogs also have three players with three goals – Michelle Alozie, Sofia Griff and Sarah McCauley.

McCauley was named to the league's Honor Roll on Monday after scoring the game-winning goal in a 2-1 win over Hartford and adding another goal in a 4-2 loss to Creighton.

The Tigers are led by senior Tyler Lussi, who has eight goals this season and 51 in her career, the fourth most in league history. Mimi Asom, last year's Ivy Rookie of the Year, has three goals.

Princeton's 7-1 start is its best since 2004 when the Tigers won 14 of their first 15 games. Princeton's only loss is to West Virginia, currently ranked fifth in the nation.

The Tigers are the defending Ivy champion and beat Boston College in the first round of the NCAA Tournament before falling to USC.

Last year at Roberts Stadium, Princeton became the first home team to win in the series since 2006 with a 3-0 victory over Yale.

The Tigers have a 23-15-4 edge all-time.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (timothy.bennett@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity