October 17, 2009

Goins’ 11 Saves Lead Yale to 5-2 Win vs. Dartmouth

McCauley's Five Points Spark Offense to Most Goals Ever vs. Big Green

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

"We thought Char would do well against them, because she's very good with her hands," Stuper said. "She's good at beating the drag flick because she can explode in the direction the ball is going to make the saves."

Hood, who was second in the league in goals with 11 entering the week, wound up taking 16 shots -- more than the rest of her team combined, and almost as many as the entire Yale team (19). Seven of those shots were on goal, but only one found the back of the net. And by that time -- late in the second half -- Yale (7-5, 3-1 Ivy League) had essentially put the game out of reach.

The Bulldogs got a diving goal from sophomore forward Mia Rosati at 8:34 off of an assist from senior forward Ashley McCauley. Dartmouth tied the game 18 minutes later on a goal by defender Virginia Peisch, but Yale responded with two goals in a span of less than three minutes right before halftime. Sophomore back Erin Carter scored her fifth goal in the last six games, and McCauley then converted an assist from sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut.

Senior back Julia Weiser provided some more breathing room with a goal off of a penalty corner nearly seven minutes into the second half, but Dartmouth controlled play most of the rest of the way. The Big Green outshot Yale 19-6 in the second, and had 14 penalty corners to Yale's three. But thanks to Goins they scored just once, and that goal was quickly answered with a McCauley tally from an assist by senior midfielder Katie Cantore.

"In the latter part of the second half we couldn't get the ball out of our own end, but Char kept us in the lead," Stuper said. "It's a tribute to Dartmouth. Their press the second half, and the speed at which they came at us defensively, forced us into bad passes. But even when we were in trouble defensively we had each other's backs."

Goins' 11 saves were the most she has made since stopping 11 vs. UConn Sept. 10, 2008. She has been splitting time in goal this season with junior Katie Bolling. Her great game Saturday was supplemented by the record day from the Yale offense. Yale and Dartmouth have met 39 times in a series that dates back to 1973, but Saturday was the first time the Bulldogs cracked the four-goal barrier vs. the Big Green. It was also Yale's seventh win in the last eight games in the series.

"Ashley and Mia had a great game up on the front line," Stuper said. "They combined very well and were very good on counters. They put a lot of pressure on Dartmouth. Katie and Dinah also combined well in the midfield and generated a lot of attack. When those four players have good games, and we get contributions from the players around them like we did today, we can be very effective offensively."

That offensive outburst was all the more impressive considering that Dartmouth goalie Megan Vakiener was coming off of a 21-save effort against No. 6 Syracuse, limiting the Orange to only two goals.

"She is a good keeper who is tall and athletic," Stuper said. "We knew we needed to move her and put shots to the corner. On the goals we scored, we did just that."

With 13 assists, Cantore is now one assist away from tying the Yale single-season record. She has also moved into a tie for second on Yale's career assists list (26, tied with Maggie Smeal '82 and 16 behind all-time leader Sarah Driscoll '05). McCauley's five points vs. Dartmouth leave her with 89 for her career, nine away from the Yale record set by Emily Montgomery '78. With 39 career goals McCauley is also seven goals away from Montgomery's mark in that category.

The Bulldogs are now all alone in second place in the Ivy League, one game behind 4-0 Princeton. Yale has a pair of non-league games coming up, starting Sunday vs. Fairfield at Johnson Field (2 p.m.).

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