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Road Stretch Starts At Harvard

Alyssa Fagel (Steve Musco photo)
Alyssa Fagel (Steve Musco photo)

First Of Three Straight Road Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale did the job against one of the top two Ivy League goal scorers last Saturday, holding Princeton's Tyler Lussi without a point in a 1-1 tie with the defending league champion Tigers. The Bulldogs get a look at the other this Saturday when they travel to Harvard. Margaret Purce leads the Crimson and shares league lead with Lussi with eight goals. Yale and Harvard kickoff at 7 p.m. at Jordan Field, following the Yale-Harvard men's game which begins at 4 p.m.

Yale (4-3-3, 0-0-1 Ivy) has plenty of offensive firepower as well. Aerial Chavarin, the reigning Ivy League Rookie of the Week, is third (just behind Lussi and Purce) with seven goals, while Michelle Alozie and Sofia Griff each have three goals.

It was at the defensive, end, though, that the Bulldogs shined against Princeton. Kristina Kim, Colleen McCormack and Carlin Hudson each played all 110 minutes, while Meg Byfield contributed a stellar 97 minutes in helping to limit the high-powered Tiger attack. Freshman goalkeeper Alyssa Fagel also was strong, making three saves.

In its last visit to Cambridge, in 2014, Yale posted a shutout but had to settle for a scoreless tie. Harvard is unbeaten in its last eight games with the Bulldogs. Yale's last victory in the series came in 2007.

The Crimson (6-3, 1-0 Ivy) has won four straight games, including a 1-0 victory over Penn in the Ivy opener last Saturday. Purce scored the only goal on a penalty kick midway through the first half. Harvard has outscored its opponents 9-2 during the streak.

Report filed by Tim Bennett (, Yale Sports Publicity