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  1. MEN’S BASKETBALL: Yale assistant Tobe Carberry accepting position on Columbia staff

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    Yale men’s basketball assistant coach Tobe Carberry is leaving the Bulldogs to accept a position at Columbia, Yale head coach James Jones told the News. 

    Carberry, who arrived at Yale before the 2017–18 season, will join the Lions’ men’s basketball program as a full-time assistant, Jones said. In Carberry’s three seasons at Yale, the Bulldogs captured two Ivy League championships, going 30–12 against their Ancient Eight competition. Carberry did not comment for this story.

    “He added a tremendous amount to our program and our student-athletes, giving another view point,” Jones said of Carberry’s contributions to the Elis. “He played professionally in the G-League, he played professionally overseas, so for instance, he’s helped out guys a lot with getting contracts and agents after they graduate … he’s done a great job with us and really sad to see him go, but it’s the right thing for him.”

    At Yale, Carberry served as the Bulldogs’ third assistant, a position that Jones said is technically volunteer for every team in the Ivy League. Carberry was instead paid through the program’s summer camp, Jones added, and worked primarily with perimeter players, especially taking charge of improving the Bulldogs’ ball handling.

    In Carberry’s three seasons at Yale, the Bulldogs captured two Ivy League championships, going 30–12 against their Ancient Eight competition. (Photo: William McCormack)

    Carberry’s addition fills one of two spots that opened up on Columbia head coach Jim Engles’ staff this spring. Former Columbia assistant Jared Czech joined the Air Force coaching staff, while associate head coach Marlon Sears earned the head coaching job at Amherst College last month.

    Columbia’s Associate Director for Athletic Communications Mike Kowalsky said Engles could not comment until an official announcement has been made.

    The outgoing Yale assistant grew up in the New Haven area and attended Hillhouse High School before moving on to a successful career at the University of Vermont. He is the founder and director of Haven4Hoops, a basketball clinic for young players between the ages of 8 and 12.

    As a college senior during the 1999–2000 season, Carberry captained the Catamounts and visited the John J. Lee Amphitheater to play Yale in a November nonconference matchup. The Bulldogs won 72–69, giving Jones his very first of more than 300 wins as the Yale head coach and an early glimpse at his future assistant. Carberry, meanwhile, rounded out his collegiate career with 1,235 total points, a mark that ranks 21st in the program record books, and UVM’s honor for Most Valuable Player, the John C. Evans Award.

    Carberry attended Hillhouse High School before moving on to a successful career at the University of Vermont. (Photo: Ryan Chiao)

    After graduating, Carberry played five years of professional basketball in the NBA Development League — now G-League — and Europe. Jones said Carberry’s experience in Europe helped Blake Reynolds ’19 secure a contract in Bulgaria this past season, where Reynolds averaged just over 17 points a game for the Chernomorets Burgas.

    Jones has never previously lost an assistant coach to an Ivy League opponent, but he and the Bulldogs have occasionally competed against former colleagues. In 2014, Yale played Kent State and its head coach Rob Senderoff, who was an assistant for Yale during Jones’ first two seasons at the helm. “Once the game starts, you don’t even think about it,” Jones said.

    “We’re gonna root for Columbia every game but two next year,” Yale assistant Justin Simon ’04 said, adding that the program will miss Carberry.

    Carberry’s departure leaves Jones with two vacancies to fill heading into the 2020–21 school year. Former Director of Basketball Operations Rey Crossman, who is pursuing a basketball-related opportunity outside of college athletics, announced his departure from the Bulldogs in June.

    Carberry joins coaches in a huddle during Ivy Madness in 2019. (Photo: William McCormack)

    A University-wide hiring freeze through June 2021 complicates the search process for both positions.

    “Losing two guys is never easy,” Jones said last month. “The only jobs that are going to be hired are essential jobs, and if these jobs aren’t perceived essential, you can’t hire anybody for pay but you may be able to hire people for volunteers … It’s all well and good until you have to eat. It’s hard to find that.”

    As an assistant coach before his stint at Yale, Carberry worked with the men’s basketball programs at LIU Brooklyn, Central Connecticut, the University of New Haven and Southern Connecticut State.

    William McCormack | william.mccormack@yale.edu

  2. WOMEN’S SOCCER: Yale stuns Columbia in OT, wins on Senior Night

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    In the most dramatic game of its 2016 campaign, the Yale women’s soccer team slew Ivy League front runner Columbia in an overtime stunner Saturday night.

    The Lions (7–5–4, 4–1–1 Ivy), who led the Ancient Eight entering their matchup with the Elis, had outscored their conference opponents by a 6–0 margin this year and had not allowed a goal in more than 700 minutes. They represented a formidable challenge for Yale (6–6–3, 2–3–1), which had been eliminated from title competition a week prior after falling 1–0 to Penn.

    When Columbia found the net midway through the second half, the Bulldogs looked destined for more disappointment — until a 90th minute goal from forward Michelle Alozie ’19 rekindled hope. Then, just three minutes into overtime, midfielder Geneva Decker ’17 made it a senior day to remember, launching a strike into the net and securing a 2–1 upset.

    “We weren’t fighting for an Ivy League title, but despite our record, this team has been one of the best in terms of chemistry,” Decker said. “This is definitely a storybook ending.”

    The first half started poorly for the Elis, who could not manage even a shot until the 28th minute — of their three attempts of the period, none worked Columbia keeper Allison Spencer. Columbia, with its intimidating defensive line yet middling attack, shut down the Yale offense while only taking four shots of its own. After 45 minutes of fruitless effort from both squads, the teams retired to the locker rooms knotted at 0–0.

    The Bulldogs, who had conceded the opening goal in nine of their previous 11 matches, again found the early lead elusive. Once more, Yale’s opponent drew first blood when Lions forward Amaris Hemmings scored her second goal of the season in the 68th minute. Eli goalie Alyssa Fagel ’20 came too far off her line during a Columbia breakaway, and Hemmings blew past her and knocked the ball into the empty net for a 1–0 lead. As the clock ticked towards 90:00 — as the end of the season drew nearer and as the five seniors experienced their last moments on the Reese Stadium pitch — another disappointing result seemed imminent.

    Yet at the very last second, salvation came from the foot of Alozie. With 12 seconds left in regulation, Alozie corralled the ball in a chaotic penalty box and somehow found the net, sending the crowd into a frenzy. Disappointment replaced with determination, the Bulldogs then prepared for sudden death overtime.

    “Our never-give-up attitude is indicative to all the work we’ve done off the field this season,” captain and defender Colleen McCormack ’17 said. “We all played for each other tonight, which is when we have the most fun. I’m unbelievably proud of this team.”

    Despite being the clear underdogs and having just stood at the brink of defeat, the momentum was squarely on the side of the Elis during the extra period. This time, after a season spent giving up early goals, Yale was the first to capitalize.

    Forward Aerial Chavarin ’20 charged forward with the ball, taking on two defenders who attempted to stop Yale’s leading scorer. Decker, unguarded, took a deft through-ball from Chavarin and was one-on-one with Spencer.

    “The ball went to Aerial Chavarin’s feet, and I could see that she was holding up the defender.” Decker said. “I knew that she’d find me. She gave it to me on a silver platter, and I [only] had to take a touch.”

    In the final home game of her career, the senior midfielder seized the reins and steered her team to victory. Decker’s shot evaded Spencer, winning the game in the most unbelievable of fashions. As players rushed from the sidelines and fans stormed onto the field, the Yale squad enjoyed one of its most magical nights in recent memory.

    Looking forward, this victory will not help the Bulldogs win their first Ivy League title since 2005.

    However, head coach Rudy Meredith has his eyes set on a win in next weekend’s season finale against Brown. To win and end fourth in the final conference standings, Meredith said, would be a satisfying improvement over 2015’s last-place finish.

    For the Lions, Saturday’s loss complicates what had looked like an easy route to the Ivy League title. Now Columbia is ranked second behind Harvard and must beat the Crimson next weekend to take the crown.

    But above all, the win was a moment of vindication for the 2016 Bulldogs. At times this season, the team showed it was capable of playing with the cream of the crop, but ill-timed mistakes — especially on set pieces — became their downfall. On Saturday, the Elis finally put it all together, giving their seniors a worthy endnote to their careers.

    “I might have pulled my hamstring running out to congratulate Geneva,” Meredith said. “[The seniors] won’t have any more chances in their lives to experience that feeling on the field again, so I really wanted it for them. It was just an unbelievable moment for Yale soccer.”

    Yale’s final game of the season is next Saturday against Brown. The ball kicks off in Providence at 3:30 p.m.

  3. FOOTBALL: Defense sparks Yale win over Columbia

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    New York City — Friday night redemption could not have been much sweeter for the Yale football team. After getting demolished 42–7 by Penn at home last Friday, the Bulldogs notched their second win of the season against Columbia in the Big Apple.

    The Yale (2–5, 2–2 Ivy) defense, ranked last in the Ivy League entering this game, had its best performance of the season versus the Lions (2–5, 1–3). Yale forced five turnovers en route to a 31–23 victory, despite the offense totaling just 250 yards.

    “I’m very proud of this football team,” head coach Tony Reno said. “It’s not easy to win a game in this league with its parity. [Our players] play their best football when their backs are against the wall.”

    Both offenses struggled in a first quarter that amounted to a field position battle. Columbia picked up 56 total yards in the opening frame while Yale finished with negative yardage and gave up three sacks. Quarterback Kurt Rawlings ’20 replaced Tre Moore ’19 at the beginning of the second quarter and though he only passed for 150 yards, he also threw three touchdowns — the best mark for a Yale quarterback in any game this season.

    The Eli defense picked up the slack from the offense, forcing two turnovers in the first period. On the first play of Columbia’s second drive, cornerback Jason Alessi ’18 intercepted quarterback Anders Hill after stepping in front of a deep post route. Linebacker Victor Egu ’17 then forced a fumble that was picked up by safety Foye Oluokun ’17 on Columbia’s next possession. However, neither of these turnovers led to offensive success.

    Yale finally found the endzone at the start of the second quarter, when defensive lineman John Herubin ’18 picked up a Columbia fumble forced by linebacker Darius Manora ’17 and rumbled 61 yards for the first points of the game.

    “Our secondary played really well and the linebackers were hitting the gaps and forcing fumbles,” Herubin said. “We were getting some pressure on the D-Line. It was an all-around effort.”

    While the Yale drive would end in a punt, the Lions returner muffed the ball and the Bulldogs recovered inside the redzone. The Elis capitalized, with Rawlings tossing a 12-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Myles Gaines ’17 in the back of the endzone.

    The Bulldog defense continued its strong play, setting up the offense with good field position. The Elis drove down the field once again and finished the drive with a 15-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver  Robert Clemons III ’17 on a fade to the back corner of the endzone.

    After an impressive 38-yard run by Rawlings got them into the redzone, Yale finished off the half with a field goal from 30 yards, to bring the score to 24–0.

    Neither team put points on the scoreboard in the third quarter. Columbia marched into Yale territory twice, but the Eli defense held fast with two fourth-down stops, one of which was an interception by cornerback Marquise Peggs ’19.

    Yale scored a touchdown on the second play of the fourth quarter to increase their lead to 31 points. A 40-yard pass to running back Alan Lamar ’20 set up an 11-yard touchdown reception by tight end Leo Haenni ’17, Rawlings’ third touchdown pass of the day.

    Columbia finally got on the scoreboard when Hill found wide receiver Cameron Dunn for an 11-yard touchdown with 9:21 to play in the fourth quarter. Less than three minutes later, Hill connected with wide receiver Ronald Smith II for a 28-yard score as the Eli defense began to fatigue.

    Yale could not gain any momentum offensively for the rest of the game, and Columbia would add another touchdown with under a minute to play, again by Smith. However, the Elis would close out the game by recovering a last-ditch onside kick, holding on for a 31–23 win.

  4. Ivies, Stanford, MIT post record-low admit rates


    It’s that time of year again — several colleges released their admissions decisions this week, sending hundreds of thousands of anxious high school students into either incredible elation or crushing disappointment.

    Seven out of the eight Ivy League schools posted all-time low acceptance rates for the class of 2017 yesterday, making for the most competitive admissions cycle in history. Yale accepted a record-low of 6.72 percent of its 29,610 applicant pool, and Harvard — the only Ivy more selective than Yale this year — saw its acceptance rate plummet down to a mere 5.79 percent.

    Columbia and Princeton reported rates of 6.89 percent and 7.29 percent, respectively, while Cornell, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania posted rates of 15.15 percent, 9.16 percent and 12.1 percent.

    The only Ivy League institution that reported an increase in its acceptance rate this year was Dartmouth, rising from 9.43 percent in 2012 to 10 percent yesterday.

    Outside of the Ivy cluster, MIT also reported an all-time low acceptance rate, admitting just 8.3 percent of its applicant pool. Over on the opposite coast, Stanford announced today that it accepted only 5.69 percent of its applicants — 2,210 students from a pool of 38,828 applications.

    The record-low admission rates this year continue the trend of increasing selectivity at top colleges nationwide. Experts interviewed were divided on the question of whether or not this trend will continue into future years.

  5. Princeton, Columbia early applications rise

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    In line with the overall trend of early application numbers this year, Princeton and Columbia have both reported increases in their early application counts for the class of 2017.

    Princeton received 3,791 early applications this year, marking a 10 percent increase from last year, while Columbia received 1.3 percent more applications, bringing its total this year to 3,126.

    Due to power outages and other issues following Hurricane Sandy, both Princeton and Columbia extended their early application deadlines this year by several days. Princeton Dean of Admissions Janet Rapelye said her office would consider early applications submitted up until some time after Thanksgiving.

    Yale, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania all reported increases in the numbers of early applications this year, though Dartmouth reported a sharp decrease. Harvard and Cornell have not yet released the number of early applications they have received this year.

    Early admissions decisions for all eight Ivy League schools will be released mid-December.