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Weekly sports roundup (10/21-10/27)

That chill in the air we're feeling in New England right now must be extra special when you're facing a 25-mph wind on Narragansett Bay, as the men and women of Yale's coed sailing team did last weekend. Ranked No. 1 in the country, the team won the Sherman Hoyt Trophy at Brown on Saturday and Sunday. A crew was also dispatched to MIT on Sunday, where they placed 13th. The women's sailing team, also ranked No. 1, came from behind to take the Stu Nelson Trophy at New London over the weekend. They will compete next weekend for the most awesomely named prize in sports, the Victorian Coffee Urn.

In other sports news this week (information from Yale Sports Publicity):

Yale's football fortunes have fallen as fast as they rose at the beginning of the season. After starting 3–0, the team is now 3–3 and 1–2 in the Ivy League after losing 28–17 to Penn on Saturday. Down 28–3 after three quarters in a game with lots of turnovers, the Bulldogs made a fourth-quarter rally with two touchdown passes by quarterback Morgan Roberts ’16 (filling in for injured Henry Furman ’14), but it wasn't enough to beat the league-leading Quakers. They'll try to turn things arond this Saturday against Columbia at the Bowl.

The women’s soccer team (7–5–1, 2–2–1 Ivy) left Philadelphia grumbling about a penalty call in the last 21 seconds of regulation in their game with Penn on Saturday. The resulting penalty kick by Penn tied the game 1–1, which is how it ended up after two overtimes. "I feel like I should file a police report because we were robbed," coach Rudy Meredith said afterward, adding that he thought the team played "one of our best games of the season."

Things were just as disappointing for the men's soccer team (3–9–1, 2–1–1 Ivy) at Penn: they went into the game tied with the Quakers for the league lead, but lost 3–2 in overtime. Earlier in the week, they gave No. 19 UConn a run for their money but lost 1–0.

Actually, it seems that every Yale team that went to Penn this weekend was destined for heartbreak. The field hockey team (6–8, 2–3 Ivy) fought the Quakers to a scoreless tie through all of regulation and two overtimes, but lost 1–0 in a best-of-five shootout.

Still perfect in the Ivy League is the volleyball team (14-3, 8-0 Ivy), which came from behind in the first set to beat Brown 3–0 on Saturday in Providence. The women have won eight matches in a row and sit comfortably in first place in the Ivies.

The lightweight crew ended its fall campaign by taking first place in the varsity eight at the Princeton Chase, a three-mile race held on Lake Carnegie Sunday. They finished 15 seconds ahead of host Princeton, their closest competitor. Also at the Princeton Chase, the women's crew rowed to a second-place finish behind the University of Virginia.

Yale runners competed on Friday in the Central Connecticut State University Mini Meet in New Britain. The men's cross country team placed third in the meet's 5K race. Three Bulldogs finished in the top 20, led by Tom Harrison ’15 in 13th place. The women's cross country team finished sixth in the 3K race, led by Sarah Barry ’14, who finished fifth. Both teams travel to Princeton this weekend for the Ivy League Heptagonal Championship.

The women's golf team got in one last tournament before coming inside for the winter: they placed second at the Sacred Heart Fall Classic in Milford, Connecticut, last weekend, two strokes behind winner Seton Hall. The Bulldogs finished first or second in all their tournaments this fall.

Members of the men's tennis team were dominant at the Connecticut State Championships held at Yale on Sunday: the four semifinalists in singles were all Elis, and a pair of Yale freshmen—Tyler Lu ’17 and Photos Photiades ’17—defeated a pair from Fairfield University in the doubles championship. Lu defeated Zachary Krumholz ’15 for the singles title. This ends the men's fall season.

A few days earlier, members of the women's tennis team played in the USTA/ITA Northeast Regional Championships in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Bulldog captain Annie Sullivan ’14 made it to the quarterfinals in singles and, with Madeleine Hamilton ’16, to the semifnals in doubles.

And returning to that chill in the air we mentioned at the start, ice hockey season has begun in earnest. The women's ice hockey team (0–2, 0–0 ECAC), traveling to Boston for the second straight Saturday, lost to Boston University 2–1. The men's ice hockey team (1–1, 0–0 ECAC), in Newark for the Liberty Invitational, lost to Brown 4–1 on Friday but beat Princeton 3–2 the next day. The defending national champion Bulldogs dropped from No. 7. to No. 11 in this week's USCHO poll. The Bulldogs play St. Lawrence this Friday in their first home game. Before the game, the team will ceremonially raise its national championship banner to the rafters of Ingalls Rink.

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