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Getting Started on the Right Foot
Classes began this morning on campus, so training camp is officially over.
Even though the first game of the season is not for another 11 days, regular weekly practices begin now.
Men's soccer already has two games, and two wins under its belt this season, and sophomore David Najem was named Ivy Player of the Week yesterday.
Tonight the soccer team is at home against Saint Peter's.
Football fans will have plenty of time to check out the soccer team this season, but a prime date is October 29th when the Lions take on Yale at 4pm just after the football team also faces the Elis with a 12pm start.
The following week, the soccer team plays Harvard at home starting shortly after the football team hosts the Crimson in a 12:30 kickoff.
I like the tenor of a recent piece in the student paper about the top 10 Columbia athletes newcomers to campus should know.
Sean Brackett is right at the top of the list as he should be.
Home opener opponent Albany has a very strong placekicker in Herb Glass.
Glass was named NEC Special Teams Player of the week after booting 48 and 41 yard field goals in the Great Danes' OT loss at Colgate.
Top 100 Moments of 2010
#11: First Strike
After Cornell took a 17-3 lead late in the third quarter at Wien Stadium, gloom descended into the stands despite the beautiful sunny weather.
Those fans would have been more gloomy had they known how banged up star Columbia QB Sean Brackett really was.
But Brackett played through the pain and wasted no time after the Lions got the ball following the Cornell score.
On the first play from scrimmage, Brackett hit WR Kurt Williams with a strike for a 23 yard gain and the drive was on.
Columbia still had a long way to go, but that completion turned out to be the longest pass of the day for the Lions and it couldn't have come at a better time.