Nov. 5, 2005
New Haven, CT - The last time 18th ranked Brown played Yale in New Haven, it was celebrating its 17th Ivy League Title in school history. With a chance to capture at least a share of its 18th this time around, the Bears were sent home in defeat, dropping a 2-1 decision to the 25th ranked Bulldogs. Brown will now have to wait until next week against Dartmouth to learn its fate as everything is still up for grabs.
The Bears still hold a 5-1 first place record for 15 points in the Ivy standings with Dartmouth, which plays Cornell tomorrow, closely following with a 4-1 mark for 12 points. Yale temporarily holds second place with a 4-1-1 record for 13 points.
Brown found itself in an early hole with Yale scoring just 7:33 into the match. The Bulldogs were awarded a corner kick, which was easily cleared out by freshman defender Rhett Bernstein. Yale's Jordan Rieger collected the ball 30 yards out and found an unmarked Ryan Morrissey streaking into the box from the far corner. In his first game back after missing the last six games with an injury, junior goalkeeper David Semenza was out of position as Morrissey chipped a shot into the near side netting.
The Bulldogs nearly took a 2-0 lead soon after when a misplay resulted in a breakaway for Gage Hill but this time Semenza was right there to make a point blank save, reaching up over his head.
The Bears responded to the pressure quickly however, scoring the equalizer just over ten minutes later when junior Brian Joyce found an open Andrew Daniels in front of the net. Daniels turned into the shot, firing a rocket into the top of the net, to tie things up at 1-1.
Yale did not let another breakaway go to waste as it grabbed a 2-1 lead with 7:27 left to play in the half. Liam Leonard, who beat his defender up the center of the field, took a lead pass from Alex Guzinski and booted it past Semenza.
While Brown couldn't get much going offensively, the Bulldogs quickness resulted in several more good scoring opportunities in the second half but Semenza held his ground, including a diving stop with under 20 minutes left to play in the game.
Knowing their time was running out, Brown kicked it into high gear in the final 15 minutes, hustling to create shot after shot but to no avail as Yale walked away with the 2-1 victory.
If Dartmouth wins tomorrow, it will play Brown in what could be an all or nothing battle on Stevenson Field next Saturday beginning at 1 p.m. A win would give Brown the Ivy Title outright and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament but a loss would give Dartmouth the title and the automatic bid to the tournament. A tie between the Bears and Dartmouth, should the Big Green defeat Cornell tomorrow, and a Yale win against Princeton next weekend, would result in a three-way tie for the title but Brown would not get the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.