October 13, 2009

Bulldogs Move Up in National Poll

Team Nearly Upset UConn Sunday; Hosts Dartmouth and Fairfield

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's near-upset of 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 week's 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.

The Bulldogs received 12 points in this week's poll after making their first appearance in the poll with four points last week. The No. 1 team is still Maryland (14-0), which received 50 of 54 first-place votes and had 1,076 points. The Terps were followed by North Carolina and Virginia in the top three.

Three of the losses for Yale (6-5, 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. 16 Northwestern 3-2 in overtime, lost to No. 4 Princeton 5-2, lost to Maine (receiving votes) 3-2 in overtime, lost to No. 10 UMass 1-0 and lost to No. 7 UConn 5-3.

With 27 goals in 11 games, the Bulldogs are on pace for 42 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.) (third in the country with 1.09 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 (0.73). As a team, Yale is second in the country in penalty corners per game (10.55) and 17th in assists per game (2.36).

Yale hosts Dartmouth and Fairfield this weekend at Johnson Field.

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