||Goals Per Game
Arthur Bosua (11 goals, 5 assists)
John Denis (6 goals, 3 assists)
Tommy Hansan (5 goals)
Tyler Bagley (1 goal, 5 assists)
Dylan Castanheira | 10-2-3
35 saves // .854 save% // 10 SO
||Mitchell Meyer | 5-4-1
41 saves // .759 save% // 3 SO
The match can be seen live on the Ivy League Network and the Cornell will provide live stats during the match.
Columbia Versus Ivy League
Dartmouth has clinched at least a share of an Ivy League title, with a draw or win at Brown giving the team the outright crown. If the Big Green were to fall on the road at Brown and Columbia were to win at Cornell, the Lions would claim a share of the conference championship.
|| Conf. W-L
About the Big Red
After a down year a season ago in which Cornell posted a 1-14-2 record, the Big Red have had a resurgence, going 7-7-2, including back-to-back wins in September at No. 11 Syracuse, and against the NEC Champion, St. Francis Brooklyn. In Ivy League play, Cornell has enjoyed victories over Harvard and Brown, but most recently were tripped up at Princeton (2-1) and at Dartmouth (1-0) to fall to 2-3-1.
Mitchell Meyer has received the majority of starts in net, posting a 5-4-1 record with three shutouts and a 1.09 goals against average. The scoring has been led by Tommy Hansan, who has knocked in five goals this season, while Tyler Bagley has added five assists.
Columbia is 34-23-11 all-time against Cornell, and is seeking its third straight victory in the series. Last year at home, Arthur Bosua nailed three goals and added an assist in the Lions 4-0 victory, which sealed a share of an Ivy league title.
Last Time Out
Led by a career-high four goals from Bosua, Columbia won its fourth consecutive match in 6-0 fashion against Harvard on Sunday afternoon. John Denis and Beto Carrillo also found the net on the day, while the back line helped Dylan Castanheira post his fourth straight shutout.
At both ends of the field, the Lions have the Ivy League's statistical leaders.
Bosua leads the conference in goals with 11 and points with 27. The senior ranks 11th in the NCAA with 0.73 goals per game and is also 11th in points per game at 1.80. With at least a point in the last five outings, Denis has soared to fourth in the Ivy League in points with 15, and fourth in goals with six, led by his one goal and two assist match against Harvard.
On the defensive end, Castanheira has not allowed a goal in four matches, and leads the league in shutouts (10), save percentage (0.854), and goals against average (0.38). Columbia's team goals against average and save percentage ranks second in the NCAA behind only Indiana, as Castanheira holds the second best goals against average in the country.
Back in the Rankings
In the final United Soccer Coaches poll of the season, the Lions came in as the No. 25 ranked team in the country. Columbia was among five other considered in the Top Drawer Soccer poll, and boasts an RPI of 29.
Making a Case
Although Dartmouth as already earned the Ivy League’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament, the strong season Columbia has shown gives the team a case for an at-large bid in the 48-team field.
The Lions own an RPI of 29, a victory against Fordham (RPI of 24) and draws against New Hampshire (RPI of 17) and Massachusetts (RPI of 27). The only two losses this year came from Dartmouth (11-3-1, RPI of 16) and Pitt, who’s RPI sits at 26.
The Ancient Eight has a history of being a multi-bid league, with the last such occurrence coming in 2012 when Cornell and Brown both advanced to the NCAA Tournament. That season marked the eighth straight year in which multiple Ivy League teams advanced. In both 2009 and 2010, four teams qualified for the NCAAs, proving the conferences strength. The league holds a 66-40-1 record all-time in first round play since 1963, including 15 first-round wins since 2001.
Last Sunday was the final home match for seven seniors that have had a hand in returning the Columbia men's soccer program to a threat to win the Ivy League every season. Prior to the match, Zachary Adler, Alex Bangerl, Gil Hong, Arthur Bosua, Zach Morant, Jack Blattman, and Korede Olagbegi were honored, before the Lions handed the Crimson a 6-0 defeat.