On the heals of its first victory over Harvard since the 1993 season, the upstart Brown Bears have landed the No. 25 spot in this week's national poll released by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA).
Goals by Bekah Splaine and Kim Lanzire, combined with the strong second-half goalkeeping of Ivy League Rookie of the Week Sarah Gervais , lifted Brown (6-0, 1-0 Ivy) to a 2-0 blanking of then-No. 16 Harvard last Saturday.
Brown, which plays both Holy Cross and Loyola (Illinois) this week, will look to maintain the focus and balance it has already displayed. In outscoring their opponents 11-1 through six games, the undefeated Bears have received scoring from seven different players.
Meanwhile, Harvard (2-2, 1-1) will try to recover with a strong showing on the west coast this weekend against Loyola Marymount and San Diego State. Despite outshooting Brown 20-12 in Providence, the Crimson was unable to find the back of the net.
The loss also knocked Harvard out of the Top 25.
The Crimson is a game behind Princeton (5-1, 2-0) in the Ivy League standings. Before suffering a 1-0 setback to Rutgers on Tuesday night, the Tigers began the season with five consecutive shutouts, including blankings of league opponents Yale (5-3-1, 0-1) and Dartmouth (3-2, 0-1). Amee Reyes' goal nine minutes into the second half last Saturday was all the Tigers needed to knock off the Big Green in New Jersey, a feat Princeton has only accomplished twice in the past decade.
Tiger goalkeeper Jordan Rettig earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors by recording shutouts over both Lehigh and Dartmouth last week. With five shutouts to her credit, the senior netminder is ranked in the top five in goals against average in the nation.
Yale also boasts some statistical leaders of its own, thanks to Chandra King's hat trick in a 4-0 win over Army. With five goals and four assists for a total of 14 points, King only trails teammate Katherine Sims (7 goals, 1 assist) among Ivy League points leaders.
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