Six seniors and one team were honored by the Yale Athletics Department with awards at the annual senior student-athlete reception Saturday afternoon at the Lanman Center in Payne Whitney Gymnasium. The women's fencing team earned the Brodhead Award for highest team grade point average. Travis Henry (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.) of the football team and Allison Mak (Richmond Hill, Ont.) of the gymnastics team were the recipients of the Ford Student-Athlete Community Outreach Award. Chris Labosky (Tallmadge, Ohio) of the mens cross country and track & field teams and Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) of the field hockey team were the recipients of the Kiphuth Student-Athlete Distinction Award. Stephanie Colantonio (Watertown, Mass.) of the field hockey team and Ben Wescoe (La Jolla, Calif.) of the mens golf team were the recipients of the Meyer Humanitarian Award.
A pair of Yale field hockey student-athletes -- senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) and senior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) -- were named first-team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District 1 womens at-large selections on Thursday. This is the second straight year McCauley has been named Academic All-District, as she was a second-team pick last year. The two are now eligible for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors, which will be announced next month.
The Yale field hockey team earned the National Field Hockey Coaches Association National Academic Team Award for the 2009 season and also placed 13 individuals on the NFHCA Division I National Academic Squad, the NFHCA announced Friday. The Bulldogs have earned the National Academic Team Award in each of their five years under head coach Pam Stuper. This years honorees included four seniors who earned the award all four years of their careers: midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.), back Stephanie Colantonio (Watertown, Mass.), forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) and back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas).
Tamara Durante, whose work with the goalkeepers and attack as an assistant coach has been a major factor in the Yale field hockey teams recent success, has been promoted to Associate Head Coach. Head coach Pam Stuper announced the promotion Wednesday. Durante, who also coordinates Yales recruiting efforts, has been with the Bulldogs since 2005. This past season her efforts helped Yale earn votes in the national poll and set the school record for wins in Ivy League play.
After captaining the Yale field hockey team to one of the most successful seasons in school history, senior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) was honored with a pair of awards at the annual team banquet Friday night. Weiser won both the Coaches Award and the Walton Award for her efforts in helping the Bulldogs to a 12-win season that included a school-record six Ivy League wins. Also honored Friday night was freshman back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.), who received the Senior Award.
Junior goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) has been elected captain of the Yale field hockey team for the 2010 season. Bolling, the 40th captain in Yale history, was selected by a team vote at Ray Tompkins House Wednesday afternoon.
After leading the Yale field hockey team to a 12-5 record that included a school record for Ivy League wins, Pam Stuper (Lancaster, Pa.) has been named the Dita/NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year. The Bulldogs accomplishments under Stuper also included six straight wins to end the season and five straight weeks earning votes in the national poll.
Ten Yale student-athletes were honored today, as the Ivy League released its list of those selected for Academic All-Ivy recognition in fall sports. Eligible student-athletes include all starters or key reserves on officially recognized varsity teams that have maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher.
The honors have continued to roll in for the Yale field hockey team after one of the most successful seasons in school history. On Thursday, three Bulldogs earned All-Mideast Region honors from the National Field Hockey Coaches Association. Senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) and senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) were first-team selections. Sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) was a second-team selection.
On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in school history, seven Yale field hockey players earned All-Ivy League honors Thursday. That included first-team selections for senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) and senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.). Sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) and senior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) were named second team All-Ivy. Freshman midfielder/forward Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), sophomore back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) and sophomore forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) all earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy.
Sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) has been named Ivy League Player of the Week after helping the Yale field hockey team to a historic 6-2 win over Brown Saturday at Johnson Field. The victory gave the Bulldogs a school-record six Ivy League wins. Landshut also played a key role in helping one of her teammates to an individual record. The second of her two goals came off an assist from senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.), giving McCauley a tie for the 32-year old school career points record. Three minutes later Landshut assisted on a McCauley goal that gave McCauley sole possession of the record as the first player in Yale field hockey history to score 100 points.
After a season full of highlights and broken records, the Yale Field Hockey Class of 2010 found a way to squeeze in a few more on Senior Day Saturday against Brown at Johnson Field. The biggest record to fall was the school mark for victories in Ivy League play; the 6-2 win over the Bears was Yale's sixth. Yale also set a school record for points in a season. And on a day where the focus was on the six seniors who have provided the foundation for this year's success, there were also a couple individual records of note. Senior midfielder Katie Cantore added one more assist to her school single-season mark, and senior forward Ashley McCauley established a school record by finishing her career with 100 points.
The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2010 has certainly set up the possibility of a very exciting Senior Day. The Bulldogs, who have been receiving votes in the national poll for five straight weeks, bring a five-game winning streak into Saturday's 1 p.m. season finale vs. Brown. A win over the Bears would give Yale a school-record six Ivy League wins. And one member of the senior class -- forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) -- is one point away from the school points record.
With Yale's offense frustrated for most of the game, things looked bleak for the Bulldogs when Columbia finally broke the scoreless tie Sunday afternoon in New York by scoring with just 4:26 left in regulation. But after a timeout the Bulldogs regrouped, generated a corner, and got the game-tying goal from sophomore forward Mia Rosati. They then went into overtime for the fifth time in 15 games, and 4:17 into the extra session senior forward Ashley McCauley delivered the game-winner for a 2-1 victory.
Yale's game with Columbia Sunday at 1 p.m. could have historic implications. With wins in nine of their last 12 games, the Bulldogs have earned votes in the national poll for four straight weeks and sit just one game out of first place in the Ivy League. Wins in their final two games would give Yale the fifth season of a dozen or more wins in program history. Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) is also closing in on the school points record; she needs just three to tie Emily Montgomery '78.
Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) was named Ivy League co-Player of the Week Tuesday, the second week in a row she has been honored. McCauley had a hand in all three goals in Yale's 3-2 overtime win at Penn Sunday that kept the Bulldogs one game behind league-leading Princeton in the Ivy standings. Including this past Thursday's 2-1 win at Quinnipiac, the Bulldogs have now won four in a row and nine of their last 12.
In winning eight of 11 games heading into Sundays contest at Penn, the Yale field hockey team had only fallen behind by more than one goal twice in that span. But that was the hole the Bulldogs found themselves in less than 13 minutes into the game Sunday, as a pair of goals by midfielder Kelsey Tahan put the Quakers in control early. The Bulldogs chipped away at the lead with one goal late in the first half and one early in the second half, while four saves from senior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins kept Penn off the scoreboard. Yale finally won it in dramatic fashion, 3-2, on sophomore forward Mia Rosatis goal 3:26 into overtime.
The momentum of seven wins in 10 games has helped the Yale field hockey team earn votes in the national poll each of the last three weeks. The Bulldogs have also taken sole possession of second place in the Ivy League and could finish with as many as 12 wins for just the fifth time in school history. They look to keep their run going with a pair of road games this week, Thursday at Quinnipiac (3 p.m.) and Sunday at Penn (1 p.m.). On an individual level, senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) needs one more assist to set the school single-season record in that category.
Senior midfielder Katie Cantore set the Yale single-season assist record to highlight Yales 2-1 win at Quinnipiac Thursday afternoon. Cantore notched her 15th assist of the season on sophomore back Erin Carters penalty-corner goal at 27:02 of the first half, breaking a four-way tie for the record. Cantore later added a goal of her own to cap the day.
Senior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.), who helped Yale to a key Ivy League win and a non-league shutout last weekend, has been selected to the womensfieldhockey.com national weekly honor roll.
After helping Yale sweep a pair of games and take sole possession of second place in the Ivy League this past weekend, senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) has been named Ivy League Player of the Week. McCauley had seven points over the weekend, including a pair of goals and an assist in Yales 5-2 win over Dartmouth Saturday. That was also the most goals Yale has ever scored against the Big Green.
The first-ever Team Up to Fight Cancer initiative, a cooperative effort of the Yale field hockey, womens soccer and volleyball teams, has raised over $2,400 in donations in the spirit of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The three Bulldogs squads collected donations and sold special Team Up to Fight Cancer t-shirts at various Yale athletics contests over the weekend of Oct. 2, with the net proceeds being donated to the Yale Cancer Center.
The time spent out in the cold, driving rain on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field proved to be worth it for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs got a win (6-0 over Fairfield) and a number of significant individual milestones -- the school record-tying 14th assist of the season by senior midfielder Katie Cantore and the first career goals for senior forward Lesley Kiger and freshman back Lexy Adams.
The Yale field hockey team has hung with two top-10 teams in its last two games, earning votes in the national poll in the process. The Bulldogs now look to bring that same level of play to a crucial Ivy League game with Dartmouth Saturday (noon) and a non-league meeting with Fairfield Sunday (2 p.m.). Both games are at Johnson Field.
Entering Saturday's game vs. Dartmouth at Johnson Field, Yale head coach Pam Stuper knew that her team would have to find a way to shut down one of the top scorers in the Ivy League in Big Green forward Kelly Hood. Stuper figured that senior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins would be her team's best defense against Hood's drag flick and the rest of the Dartmouth attack, and that proved to be the case. Goins made a season-high 11 saves, including 10 in the second half, as Yale pulled out a crucial 5-2 win. That was the most goals Yale has ever scored against Dartmouth.
Yales near-upset of then-No. 7 UConn last Sunday helped the Bulldogs gain further momentum in the national poll, as the Bulldogs totaled 12 points -- eight more than they had in last weeks rankings. Only one other Ivy League team, No. 4 Princeton, is ranked higher than Yale. The Bulldogs and the Tigers are the only teams to have scored three goals against UConn this season.
Yale gave No. 7 UConn all it could handle Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, rallying from a 3-1 deficit to tie the game 3-3 late in the second half. But the Husky offense, which had 39 goals in the last nine games, finally proved too much. Forward Melissa Gonzalez goal with 12:15 left was the game-winner, and UConn tacked on another with 5:21 left for the 5-3 final.
After earning votes in the national poll earlier this week, the Yale field hockey team gets to measure itself against one of the top teams in the country on Sunday. No. 7 UConn comes to Johnson Field for a 2 p.m. game.
After a series of big wins and some close losses to tough opponents, the Yale field hockey team is starting to attract national attention. The Bulldogs, who handed Cornell its first defeat of the season last Saturday and then nearly knocked off then-No. 9 UMass Sunday, are among the teams receiving votes in the latest Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches Poll.
Add No. 9 UMass to the list of teams to have escaped with a close win over Yale this season. The Minutewomen got only one goal against the Bulldogs, but with USA Junior National Team member Alesha Widdall in goal it was enough for a 1-0 win Sunday afternoon at Garber Field. Three of Yales four losses this season have been by one-goal margins.