November 5, 2009

Bulldogs Seek School Record for Ivy Wins on Senior Day

Victory over Brown Would Set Mark

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2010 has certainly set up the possibility of a very exciting Senior Day. The Bulldogs, who have been receiving votes in the national poll for five straight weeks, bring a five-game winning streak into Saturday's 1 p.m. season finale vs. Brown. A win over the Bears would give Yale a school-record six Ivy League wins. And one member of the senior class -- forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.)  -- is one point away from the school points record.

It's a fitting end for a class that has helped the Yale field hockey program to some extraordinary achievements. The six members of the class of 2010 -- McCauley, midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.), back Stephanie Colantonio (Watertown, Mass.), goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.), forward Lesley Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) -- have led Yale to 30 wins, including a second-place finish in the Ivy League in 2006. Yale is currently in sole possession of second place in the Ivy League this year, one game behind Princeton (the Tigers play at Penn Friday night). The class also beat Harvard twice and was a part of a six-game winning streak. This year they helped the team achieve its highest single-season win total since 2003.

Cantore is, simply put, one of the best midfielders ever to wear the Yale uniform. This year she established a Yale single-season record with 15 assists, and she is second on Yale's all-time assists list with 28. Last year she earned Yale's Coaches Award as the player who exemplifies principles, direction and persistence in pursuit of field hockey excellence at Yale. She was a second team All-Ivy League selection last year and an honorable mention All-Ivy pick the year before. She is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection.

Colantonio has earned three of the most prestigious honors a Yale field hockey player can receive. Last year she won the Amanda Walton Award, given by the Yale players and coaching staff to that team member who demonstrates the ability to confront challenges, displaying the courage to overcome them, while inspiring teammates with her work ethic and unselfish attitude. As a sophomore she earned the Coaches Award. As a freshman she won Yale's Senior Award, awarded by the senior class to a freshman team member who reflects positive contribution to the team's philosophy and whose individual character encourages the future direction and excellence of Yale Field Hockey. She is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection.

Goins has accounted for four of Yale's five Ivy League wins this season. She was a second team All-Ivy League pick in 2007, when she finished third in the NCAA in save percentage and fifth in saves per game. At one point she went more than 180 minutes without allowing a goal.

Kiger has been a consistent contributor throughout her career. She will earn her third Major Y this year, and delivered her first career goal in the win over Fairfield. She comes from a family with Yale field hockey connections, as her sister, Lorrie, is a 2008 Yale graduate and played back for the Bulldogs.

McCauley's run through the Yale record books is all the more remarkable considering that in her freshman year she had just one point - an assist against Brown in the finale. She developed into one of the best forwards in the country in the ensuing years. She was a second team All-Region selection last year along with being a unanimous first team All-Ivy selection. She was second team All-Ivy in 2007, when she finished second in the NCAA in goals per game. She was named ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District last season and is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection.

Weiser has captained Yale to one of the most successful seasons in school history. A vocal leader, she has been an inspiring presence for her teammates ever since she first stepped on the field as a freshman. She has a career-high 11 points this season and has started 49 games over the past three seasons. She is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection.

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

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