October 9, 2009

Sunday Showdown at Johnson Field as No. 7 UConn Visits

Bulldogs' Lone Game of the Weekend Presents Major Challenge

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Yale (6-4, 2-1 Ivy League) has faced three other teams currently ranked in the poll, losing to two of them (No. 10 UMass and No. 18 Northwestern) by just one goal. The Bulldogs also have a pair of wins over teams that are among those receiving votes in the poll (Cornell and Hofstra). Perennial national power UConn (11-1) had an 11-game winning streak snapped last Sunday at No. 4 Princeton; the Tigers are also one of the teams to have beaten the Bulldogs.

With 24 goals in 10 games, Yale is on pace for 41 goals, which would give the Bulldogs the sixth-best total in school history and mark the fifth straight season Yale has increased its season goal total. On Sunday the attack will have to try to keep pace with a Husky offense that entered the week ranked No. 4 in the country in goals per game (4.33).

UConn features the No. 2 scorer in the nation, forward Loren Sherer, who has 19 goals and 10 assists in 12 games. Sherer transferred to UConn this season after spending three seasons playing for Durham University in her native England, where she played on the U-21 National Team. UConn also features two members of the U.S. Junior World Cup Team, forward Melissa Gonzalez and back Rayell Heistand.

The Yale goalkeepers have been on a roll, as junior Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and senior Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) have combined to allow only two goals in the last three games, a 0.66 goals-against average. Goins has not allowed a goal in her last 106:44, a streak reminiscent of the one she put together two years ago (182:06) en route to finishing third in the NCAA in save percentage and saves per game.

On attack, Yale has been led of late by sophomore back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.). Over the last four games Carter has generated more shots (18), shots on goal (12), goals (three) and game-winning goals (two) than anyone on the team. For the season, senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) still leads the team in goals with eight. Senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) leads in assists with 11, three shy of tying the Yale single-season record.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity