Friday Sports Preview: Trimming the Ivy

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Football: It’s Ivy League time for the Columbia football team, as they look to bounce back from a tough loss to Central Connecticut State last week. The opponent? The Princeton Eating Clubs Tigers, who, it must be admitted, lead the all-time series 64-13. But Columbia’s last Ivy League opening win came in 2003 at (you guessed it) Princeton, and running back/Columbia male Student-Athlete of the Month Ray Rangel hopes to give the Tigers problems on the ground. Kickoff is at 3 p.m., with play-by-play on gocolumbialions.com and WKCR.

Men’s Soccer: The men’s soccer team begins Ivy play as well this week, facing #23 ranked Brown at home (Saturday, 7 p.m.). The Lions had to settle midweek for a 1-1 draw with Fordham. Senior forward James Prince scored in the 59th minute, but Columbia could  not break the tie despite largely controlling the game. 

Women’s Soccer: Having already won its first conference game over Cornell last weekend, the women’s soccer team looks to go 2-0 against Brown tomorrow. Kickoff is at 4 p.m., as part of a double header with the men’s team. The team then plays its second-to-last nonconference game against Lehigh on Monday night.

Volleyball: Fresh off its first Ivy win since 2006, the volleyball team gets a relatively light weekend, with its only game a rematch at Cornell (Saturday, 2 p.m.). For her strong start to the season, first-year Megan Gaughn earned both her second Ivy League Rookie of the Week award, and the Columbia’s female Student-Athlete of the Month award.

Field Hockey: A close 2-1 double overtime loss to Cornell, combined with a 6-0 loss to #6-ranked Syracuse, leaves the field hockey team hoping to reverse their momentum against a tough Princeton squad this evening. The Tigers are ranked seventh in the country, with a record of 7-1 overall, and 2-0 in the league. The game can be seen on Princeton’s website.

Cross-Country: The cross-country teams have only their second race of the season: the George Mason Invitational tomorrow at George Mason University.

Golf: The men’s team finished 6th of 15 teams at the Cornell Invitational last weekend (one stroke behind 5th placed Cornell), while, this weekend, the women play at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Invitational.



  1. rugbyfan  

    Report on men's rugby, Bwog!

  2. Yeah,  

    What he said! Rugby deserves a shoutout.

    • Club Sports Fail

      No it doesn't. Club sports suck. Besides, how can you take rugby seriously when the team is drunk over half the time?

      • Get an Idea  

        about what you're talk about before you shoot your mouth off. Club sports don't suck, they're an incredibly important part of the university's athletic presence. Some of them compete successfuly against varsity teams that have a lot more funding, and many athletes on club sports work their assses off to be able to compete without getting any recognition or help from the university.

  3. and...

    What about ROWING?

  4. umm...

    Or Ivy League Champ for 3 years in a row - Triathlon! Why don't you post results about teams that consistently do well.

  5. Clueless

    1) Club = Our perennially cash-strapped University that has a limited athletic budget and even more limited space means that the school can't fund varsity programs in a number of sports that other Ivy League schools regularly compete in (e.g. Men's Ice Hockey, Men's Lacrosse, and Squash, although thanks to a major donation, that program will be going varsity in a year or two).

    2) When Columbia beat Princeton in 2003, on a hail mary pass by Jeff Otis to Wade Fletcher with no time left on the clock, it was the first time since 1945 that Columbia beat Princeton on the road. Good times.

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