Still Earning Votes in National Poll, Bulldogs Hit the Road to Play QU and Penn

Katie Cantore. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cantore One Assist Away from Setting Yale Single-Season Record

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - 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.

Yale (8-5, 3-1 Ivy League) had seven points in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll released Tuesday morning. Maryland remained No. 1 with 55 of 59 first-place votes and 1,176 points. Only two other Ivies, No. 4 Princeton and Dartmouth (receiving votes), were in the poll. Yale's 5-2 win over the Big Green on Saturday gave the Bulldogs sole possession of second place in the league, trailing only 4-0 Princeton.

Last time out Yale spread the scoring around, as five different players had goals and seven different players had assists in the 6-0 win over Fairfield Sunday. That included the first career goals for freshman back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.) and senior forward Lesley Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.), along with the first career assists for sophomore forward/midfielder Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.) and sophomore midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.).

Cantore tied the school single-season assist record with her 14th on Kiger's goal. She is tied for the record with Sarah Driscoll '05 (2002 and 2003) and Maggie Smeal ‘82 (1979). She also took sole possession of second on Yale's career assists list (27, 15 behind all-time leader Driscoll).

Cantore was not the only one editing the Yale record book over the weekend. Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) had seven points in the two games, including three goals and an assist. With 11 goals this season, McCauley leads the team and is just the second player in Yale field hockey history to have three double-digit goal seasons. She also has a team-high 24 points. A second team All-Region and unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection last season, she has 91 points for her career and is seven away from the school points record. Her 40 career goals place her six goals away from the school goals record. Both marks are held by Emily Montgomery '78.

Sunday's shutout of Fairfield was the latest in a string of strong performances for Yale's goaltending duo of senior Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) and junior Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.). Those two now have three combined shutouts, and they have allowed only nine goals in the last six games (a 1.49 goals-against average). Goins' 11 saves last Saturday vs. Dartmouth were the most by a Yale keeper since Bolling stopped 15 vs. North Carolina Oct. 12, 2008.

Quinnipiac (4-9, 3-2 NEC) has beaten Yale just once in nine meetings. The Bulldogs topped the Bobcats 6-0 last season, highlighted by a pair of goals and an assist from McCauley. Bolling made eight saves. Forward MacKenzie Liptak is Quinnipiac's leader in points with 11 (three goals, five assists). Midfielder Bonnie Shea leads in goals with four. Jenna Grossman, who made four saves against Yale last year, has a .762 save percentage and a 2.52 goals-against average.

Yale has dropped five straight against Penn (4-9, 1-2 Ivy League), including four in a row by one goal. The Quakers will have gone 11 days without a game when Sunday arrives, since their game at Columbia this past Sunday was rained out.

Penn's 4-9 record is deceiving in that four of those losses have been by just one goal and two have come in overtime. Still, other than a five-goal outburst against St. Francis on Oct. 11 the Quakers have not scored more than one goal in a game since beating Harvard 4-1 on Sept 26. Five-foot-two attacker/midfielder Laurel McGarvie leads the team in points with 11, while she and midfielder Sarah Hasson -- one of eight freshmen on the roster -- are tied for the team lead in goals with five. Kieran Sweeney has a .755 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average.

The challenge in playing at Franklin Field is that the facility recently had its Astroturf replaced with Sprinturf. This "grassy" turf is not the type of surface that field hockey is usually played on these days, and figures to slow the ball down considerably. Yale will utilize its FieldTurf field, Reese Stadium (home of the Yale lacrosse and soccer teams), instead of Johnson Field for practice later this week in preparation for Sunday's game.

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

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