Yale On Top of NEILA For Seventh Straight Week
Fairfield, CT – The 14th ranked Yale Bulldogs have been voted to the top spot in the NEILA Coaches Poll for the seventh straight week. Fairfield comes in at the two spot after defeating the top ranked Denver Pioneers on Saturday afternoon.
Yale comes in at at number one for the seventh staright week despite dropping their only game of the week to Maryland on Saturday. The Bulldogs were dropped by the Terrapins, 8-7, to snap their four game win streak. Yale dropped from 12th to the #14 slot in the USILA rankings.
Fairfield jumps from third to the second spot thanks to an impressive 10-9 over-time win over the the top-ranked team in the country, Denver. Junior Eric Warden was terrific for the Stags in the win, scoring four goals, including the final three in regulation.
The Brown Bear comes in at the number three spot after a 1-1 week. Brown started off the week with a strong 7-6 win over NEILA rival Providence before falling to Ivy league foe Cornell, 13-7 on Saturday. The Bears now sit at 1-4 in the conference and 6-6 overall this season.
UMass enters this week at number four after a close 9-8 win over CAA foe Hofstra. CAA Player of the Week, Will Manny, led the way for the Minutemen, tallying six assists in the triumph over Hofstra. The win snapped a three game losing streak for UMass, and they now sit at 1-4 in the CAA and 6-7 overall.
Harvard drops a spot in this week’s rankings to number five. The Crimsons lost to Ivy League rival Princeton, 13-6, on Friday night. Harvard is currently fifth in the Ivy League standings with a conference record of 2-3. They finish their regular season on Saturday when they host NEILA top dog Yale.
Providence comes in tied for fifth in this week’s NEILA coaches poll. Providence lost 16-13 on Saturday to Big East foe St. John’s. The Friars have struggled in conference this season, going 1-4 thus far in the Big East. PU has also lost four of their last five overall. A trip to Villanova on Saturday will close out their regular season.
Bryant and Dartmouth round out this week’s poll, coming in tied for seventh place. Bryant dropped their first conference game of the season over the weekend at Mount St. Mary’s. There is now a three way NEILA tie for first place in the Northeast Conference between Bryant, Quinnipiac and Sacred Heart.
Dartmouth stayed pat in this week’s poll due to a 11-2 loss to Ivy League foe Penn on Saturday. The Big Green finish their season with a trip to Holy Cross on Tuesday before hosting Brown on Saturday.
1. #14 Yale
2. #20 Fairfield
Anaconda/Sports Lids NEILA Player of the Week
Fairfield’s Eric Warden, Jr., Attack/Midfielder, 5-11/195, Glen Mills, PA.
Warden was vital in the Stags upset victory over number one ranked Denver. He scored a game-high four goals, including the Stags last three tallies of regulation. He scored with 3:50 to play in the third quarter to tie the game 7-7 and end a 2-0 Denver run. He then scored the final two goals of regulation after the Pioneers built a 9-7 advantage. He scored unassisted with 10:19 to play and then tied the game with 5:11 remaining in the fourth to send the game into overtime. Warden’s four tallies was a season-best for the junior and gave him seven goals in Fairfield’s last three games.