November 12, 2009

Seven Bulldogs Earn All-Ivy League Honors

Cantore and McCauley First-Team Picks

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On the heels of one of the most successful seasons in school history, seven Yale field hockey players earned All-Ivy League honors Thursday. That included first-team selections for senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) and senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.). Sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) and senior back Julia Weiser (Houston, Texas) were named second team All-Ivy. Freshman midfielder/forward Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), sophomore back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.)  and sophomore forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) all earned Honorable Mention All-Ivy.

This represents the most All-Ivy League selections Yale has had during the five-year tenure of head coach Pam Stuper. The previous record was four, in 2006 and 2007. It comes after a memorable season. The Bulldogs set the school record for Ivy League wins, earned votes in the national poll for five straight weeks, and finished tied for the third-most overall wins in a season in school history (12). Yale ended the season on a six-game winning streak.

McCauley, who was second team All-Region and unanimous first team All-Ivy League last year and was second team All-Ivy League in 2007, set the Yale career points record in the season's final game. She finished with 100, breaking the mark of 98 established by Emily Montgomery '78 32 years ago. McCauley's 43 career goals are second only to Montgomery (46) on Yale's all-time list.

McCauley, who is third in the league in goals (14) and fourth in points (33), was a two-time Ivy League Player of the Week selection this year and also earned one womensfieldhockey.com National Honor Roll selection. Her nine goals in league play included a hat trick in Yale's 4-3 win over Harvard. She also had a pair of goals and an assist in the 5-2 win over Dartmouth.

The 2007 Ivy League leader in goals with 15, McCauley now has three of the top seven highest single-season point totals in Yale history and three of the top eight highest single-season goal totals in Yale history. In 2007 she was second in the NCAA in goals per game (15 in 17 games, 0.88) and sixth in the NCAA in points per game (35 in 17 games, 2.06).

McCauley's scoring spree is all the more remarkable given that she only had one point as a freshman. She has averaged 33 points a season since then.

Also a standout in the classroom, McCauley was a 2008-09 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District selection and is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection. She is a graduate of Rye High School.

Cantore, who was second team All-Ivy last year and honorable mention All-Ivy League in 2007, leads the Ivy League and is fourth in the country with 16 assists in 17 games. That is a school record, two more than the previous mark. She had five assists in Ivy games, including a pair in the win over Harvard. She also assisted on Carter's game-winning goal in overtime vs. Cornell.

Cantore finished her career second on Yale's all-time assist list with 29, including 26 in the past two years. She is also 16th on Yale's all-time points list with 41. Cantore did not miss a game in her career, and she started the last 66 in a row. Like McCauley, she is also a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad Selection.

Cantore is a graduate of Hershey High School.

Landshut has started all 34 games of her career and has been a major factor in generating attack for the Bulldogs. She finished second on the team in assists this year with eight, and was also fourth on the team in points with 16. Landshut had eight points in Ivy League games, including the game-winning goal in the season-ending 6-2 win over Brown that gave Yale the school record for league wins. She earned Ivy League Player of the Week honors for that performance. With 33 career points, 13 career assists and 10 career goals she is on pace to crack Yale's all-time top 10 in each of those categories.

Landshut attended Rudolf Steiner Schule prior to Yale.

Weiser captained Yale to one of the most successful seasons in school history and led a Yale defense that had three shutouts and six other games where the Bulldogs' opponent only scored one goal. She also contributed offensively, scoring three goals and adding five assists. She has started 50 straight games over the past three seasons.

Weiser, a St. John's School graduate, is a three-time NFHCA National Academic Squad selection.

Barham quickly emerged as one of Yale's most reliable players, starting all 16 games that she was healthy for. She had a pair of goals and an assist, including an assist in the win over Dartmouth. She also had a defensive save. Prior to Yale she attended W.T. Woodson High School.

Carter has been one of Yale's best defensive players since her freshman year, and this season she had a breakthrough campaign offensively. She finished second on the team in goals with eight, including four in Ivy games, and increased her point total from four last year to 17 this year. She got stronger as the year wore on, scoring seven of her eight goals in the final 11 games. That included four game-winning goals, highlighted by an overtime goal Oct. 3 that gave Yale a 1-0 win over Cornell - the Big Red's first loss of the year. Carter is a graduate of Perkiomen Valley High School.

Rosati also came on strong at the end of the season, scoring five goals in the final seven games. She had six goals and one assist for the year despite being hampered by injury. Her goals included two big scores in league games late in the year: the overtime winner in a 3-2 victory at Penn, and a goal that tied the game at Columbia with less than three minutes to play. The Bulldogs went on to win that game 2-1 in overtime on a goal by McCauley assisted by Landshut. Prior to Yale Rosati attended Gwynedd Mercy Academy.

The All-Ivy League team is determined by a vote of the league's eight coaches.

 

2009 All-Ivy League Field Hockey Team

First Team All-Ivy (11)
Katie Cantore, Yale (Sr., M, Hershey, Pa.)
Michelle Cesan, Princeton (Fr., Harding, N.J.)
Catie De Stio, Cornell (Jr., F, Sea Cliff, N.Y.)
Kelly Hood, Dartmouth (So., M, Berlin, N.H.)
Ashley McCauley, Yale (Sr., F, Rye, N.Y.)
Virginia Peisch, Dartmouth (Jr., D, Koenigstein, Germany)
Kaitlyn Perrelle, Princeton (Sr., D, Lagrangeville, N.Y.)
Julie Reinprecht, Princeton (Fr., M, North Wales, Pa.)
*Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (So., M, North Wales, Pa.)
*Kathleen Sharkey, Princeton (So., F, Moosic, Pa.)
Melanie Jue, Cornell (Sr., GK, Richmond, British Columbia)

Second Team All-Ivy (11)
Christina Bortz, Princeton (Sr., Emmaus, Pa.)
Carly Dickson, Harvard (So., M, Victoria, British Columbia)
Julia Garrison, Columbia (Jr., M, Virginia Beach, Va.)
Katharine Hyland, Brown (Jr., M, Riegelsville, Pa.)
Dinah Landshut, Yale (So., M, Hamburg, Germany)
Alyssa Pyros, Princeton (So., Shavertown, Pa.)
Katie Rose, Penn (Sr., M, Garden City, N.Y.)
Leslie Springmeyer, Brown (So, F, New Vernon, N.J.)
Kate Thompson, Cornell (Jr., M, Vancouver, British Columbia)
Julia Weiser, Yale (Sr., B, Houston, Texas)
Jennifer King, Princeton (Jr., GK, Greenwich, Conn.)

Honorable Mention (13)
Mary Beth Barham, Yale (Fr., M, Fairfax, Va.)
Katie Burke, Penn (Sr., B, Blue Bell, Pa.)
Erin Carter, Yale (So., B, Perkiomenville, Pa.)
Katie DeSandis, Columbia (Fr., M, Emmaus, Pa.)
Alex Douwes, Princeton (Jr., B, Bussum, Netherlands)
Leti Freaney, Columbia (So., B, Pine Plains, N.Y.)
Sarah Hasson, Penn (Fr., M, Warrington, Pa.)
Chloe Keating, Harvard (Jr., F, Bryn Mawr, Pa.)
Laurel McGarvie, Penn (Jr., F, Medford, N.J.)
Kelly McHenry, Dartmouth (Jr., F, Williamsburg, Va.)
Mia Rosati, Yale (So., F, Lower Gwynedd, Pa.)
Sarah Warner, Penn (Sr., B, Spring House, Pa.)
Cynthia Tassopoulos, Harvard (Fr., GK, Dallas, Texas)

Player of the Year
*Katie Reinprecht, Princeton (So., M, North Wales, Pa.)

Rookie of the Year
*Julia Reinprecht, Princeton (Fr., M, North Wales, Pa.)

* — Unanimous selection

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

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