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.
Yale received four points in the poll. The No. 1 team is Maryland (12-0), which received 54 of 60 first-place votes and had 1,192 points. The Terps were followed by North Carolina and Virginia in the top three.
Three of the losses for Yale (6-4, 2-1 Ivy League) this season have come by just one goal, and two of those losses were in overtime. Against the other teams in the national poll, Yale has beaten Cornell (receiving votes) 1-0 and Hofstra (receiving votes) 2-1, lost to No. 18 Northwestern 3-2 in overtime, lost to No. 4 Princeton 5-2, lost to Maine (receiving votes) 3-2 in overtime, and lost to No. 10 UMass 1-0.
With 24 goals in 10 games, the Bulldogs are on pace for 41 goals, which would give them the sixth-best total in school history and mark the fifth straight season Yale has increased its season goal total. Three individuals are in the top 40 in various national stat categories, led by senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) (4th in the country with 1.1 assists per game). Junior goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) is 24th nationally with a 1.83 goals-against average, and senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) is 38th nationally in goals per game (0.8). As a team, Yale is third in the country in penalty corners per game (10.5) and 14th in assists per game (2.4).
Yale will face No. 7 UConn this Sunday at 2 p.m. at Johnson Field.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity