Stamford Advocate

Yale men picked to win Ivy League

- Staff report

Defending Ivy League champion Yale was picked to win the conference in the preseason poll released Wednesday.

Yale received 11 of 16 firstplace votes for 117 points, finishing ahead of Cornell (one first-place votes, 97 points), Princeton (one, 97) and Penn (two, 91)

The Ivy League did not have sports last season because of the pandemic. In 2019, Yale won its first league title since 1991 when it finished 13-3-3 overall and 6-1 in the league.

Yale also received votes in the United Soccer Coaches preseason national top-25 poll.

The Bulldogs return All-Ivy selections Enzo Okpoye, Elian Haddock, Jeremy Haddock and Paolo Carroll.

Yale’s season begins Sept. 3 at Fairfield. The home opener is on Sept. 11 against UMass Lowell.

“Like all the teams in the league, we are just excited to be back together again and having the opportunit­y to grow and compete,” Yale coach Kylie Stannard said in a statement. “Preseason

rankings are based on what we did in the past so it’s a nice pat on the back, but we really only care about the standings at the end of the season. I’m not sure if there is a more competitiv­e conference in the nation from top to bottom, and we know that all teams are going to be very different than two years ago.”

 ?? Yale athletics / Contribute­d photo ?? Yale soccer player Jeremy Haddock, who is returning for the Ivy League favorites.
Yale athletics / Contribute­d photo Yale soccer player Jeremy Haddock, who is returning for the Ivy League favorites.

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