A quick look at the teams that will be competing this Fall
With some sports’ seasons already underway, and most others set to begin in the near future, it’s time to take a look at all the teams that will be competing in the 2011 Fall season. From men’s soccer to women’s volleyball, there a number of team that appear ready to compete for an Ivy League title. See all the teams after the jump:
Men’s soccer (currently 3-1-1)
Last season: 6-8-3 (2-3-2 Ivy)
Key players: Kofi Agyapong (freshman F), David Najem (sophomore MF), Henning Sauerbier (sophomore MF), Will Stamatis (junior F)
Next match: September 15, Fordham (at Baker)
Season outlook: A number of fresh faces make this season one to look forward to. Though this is a team that may peak a year or two down the road, they believe they can win now.
Football (currently 0-0)
Last season: 4-6 (2-5 Ivy)
Key players: Sean Brackett (junior QB), Jeff Adams (senior OL), Ross Morand (senior DB)
First game: September 17, at Fordham
Season outlook: Preseason poll has the Lions projected sixth, but they could make some noise in the league due to a number of returning veterans and strong play from their quarterback.
Women’s Soccer (currently 0-4)
Last season: 9-5-3 (3-3-1 Ivy)
Key players: Lillian Klein (senior GK), Ashlin Yahr (senior F), Shannon FitzPatrick (sophomore D), Chelsea Ryan (sophomore D)
Next match: September 16, Iona (at Baker)
Season outlook: A shaky start with no goals scored makes things look bleak, but things haven’t been all bad as goalkeeper Lillian Klein has allowed only five goals in four games.
Last season: Women finished second and men finished third in the Ivy League Championships
Key players: Kyle Merber (senior), Mark Feigen (junior), Erin Gillingham (junior), Claire Buck (junior)
Next meet: September 23, at Toledo
Season outlook: Beginning the season on a high note, both the men and the women are always a threat to contend for the Ivy League title.
Women’s Field Hockey (currently 1-2)
Last season: 10-7 (3-4 Ivy)
Key players: Gabby Kozlowski (junior F), Christie O’Hara (junior GK), Carson Christus (senior F)
Next match: September 14, at Hofstra
Season outlook: A number of key players are returning, including Kozlowski, who last season broke the school record for goals in a season (16). The Light Blue looked promising in a 5-3 loss to No. 18 Drexel.
Last season: Second place in the Ivy League Championship, senior Brendan Doyle finished third place individually.
Key players: Brendan Doyle (senior), Jordan Lee (sophomore), Michael Yiu (junior)
First meet: The McLaughlin, at Bethpage Red (Farmingdale, N.Y.)
Season outlook: The departure of Clark Granum will hurt them, but with a number of returning starters and a strong recruiting class, this team will certainly compete for the Ivy League Championship in the Spring.
Last season: The team finished fifth at the Ivy League Championships, but sophomore Michelle Piyapattra took the top individual spot, winning by 10 strokes.
Key players: Michelle Piyapattra (sophomore), Robin Lee (senior),
Next meet: September 24-25, Princeton Invitational, at Springdale Golf Club (Princeton, N.J.)
Season outlook: Piyapattra’s dominance in the conference should continue with another year of experience under her belt. The bigger question is whether the rest of the team will follow suit this coming Spring.
Last season: 8-15 (2-5 Ivy)
Key players: Haig Schneiderman (senior), Nate Gery (junior)
First match: September 16-18, Princeton Invitational (Princeton, N.J.)
Season outlook: Schneiderman and Gery return to give Columbia a solid veteran backing. Its recruiting class had been ranked as high as seventh in the nation amongst Division I teams, and its biggest threat is Cornell, who also had a stellar recruiting class.
Last season: 9-13 (0-7 Ivy)
Key players: Nicole Bartnik (junior), Chelsea Davis (junior)
Next match: September 16-18, Columbia Invitational (at Dick Savitt Tennis Center)
Season outlook: The team had a successful non-league performance last season, but did not win a match during conference play. With Nicole Bartnik back for another year as the team’s No. 1, things are looking up, as long as they can find a way to win league matches.
Women’s Volleyball (3-3)
Last season: 16-9 (8-6 Ivy)
Key players: Megan Gaughn (junior), Monique Roberts (senior)
Next match: September 16, Binghamton (at Levien Gymnasium)
Season outlook: Columbia had an up-and-down start to the season—it defeated great teams, but fell to teams they could have beat. The outcome of the season will depend on the team’s consistency.
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