Team Has Won Nine of 12
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale's game with Columbia Sunday at 1 p.m. could have historic implications. With wins in nine of their last 12 games, the Bulldogs have earned votes in the national poll for four straight weeks and sit just one game out of first place in the Ivy League. Wins in their final two games would give Yale the fifth season of a dozen or more wins in program history. Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) is also closing in on the school points record; she needs just three to tie Emily Montgomery '78.
Yale (10-5, 4-1 Ivy League) had one point in the Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I National Coaches poll released Tuesday morning. Only one other Ivy, No. 4 Princeton, was in the poll. Maryland remained No. 1 with 58 of 59 first-place votes and 1,178 points.
With 12 points in her last five games, McCauley has moved within reach of a record that has barely been threatened for the last 32 years. Prior to McCauley the closest anyone had come to Montgomery's record of 98 points was Anne Lehman '93, who finished her career with 87. Lehman and Lindsay Hobbs '99 (86 points) were the only other players to have come within 20 points of Montgomery's mark before McCauley.
With 12 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 28 points. A second team All-Region and unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection last season, her 41 career goals place her five goals away from Montgomery's school goals record.
While McCauley has provided a big chunk of Yale's goal scoring over the last three years, in recent weeks a pair of sophomore have been contributing just as much. Over the last nine games sophomore back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) leads the team in goals with six; McCauley is second with five and sophomore forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) is right behind her with four.
McCauley is not the only Bulldog record-setter. Senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) is tied for fourth in the country in assists per game with a school-record 15 in 15 games. Cantore is also second all-time at Yale with 28 career assists, trailing only Sarah Driscoll '05 (42).
The last five meetings between Yale and Columbia have been decided by a total of seven goals; Columbia has won three. Yale had to make two comebacks last year before finally putting the Lions away 3-2 in overtime when McCauley deflected in a penalty corner shot by Carter. Midfielder Julia Garrison, who leads Columbia in goals (five) and points (12) this season, gave Columbia a 1-0 lead; the Lions re-took the lead at 2-1 after Rosati tied it. A goal by sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) with 22 minutes left in regulation tied it and set up the overtime victory.
Columbia (7-7, 1-3 Ivy League) has won four of its last six games to get back to .500 for the year.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity