Yale Heads to Maine for a Pair of Games

Stephanie Colantonio. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs to Play Maine and Colgate

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Seven different players scored goals for Yale in the season's first two games this past weekend, and the Bulldogs likely will need that scoring punch as they head North. Maine, which is among the team receiving votes in the national poll, has scored 13 goals in the last two games, including nine in a win over Dartmouth. The Bulldogs play the Black Bears Friday (3:00 p.m.), then stay in Orono for a neutral-site game vs. Colgate Saturday (2:00 p.m.).

Yale (1-1) split with Sacred Heart and Northwestern last weekend at Johnson Field. Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) resumed her role as the team's scoring leader, notching three goals. But six other Bulldogs scored goals as well -- freshman forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), sophomore back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.), junior forward Johna Paolino (East Greenwich, R.I.), sophomore forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.), freshman forward Maddy Sharp (La Jolla, Calif.), junior back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.). That's already almost as many different goal scorers as the Bulldogs had all of last year (10).

Combine those goal scorers with the pair of playmakers who had three assists each -- senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) and sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) -- and an assist from senior forward Lesley Kiger (Pittsburgh, Pa.), and the Bulldogs are on pace to have one of their best offensive outputs in recent memory. The defense has looked solid as well, with both junior Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and senior Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.) splitting time in goal.

Maine (2-1) was picked fourth in the preseason America East poll after going 6-11 overall and 3-2 in the conference last year. The Black Bears return eight starters and 15 letter winners, including first team All-America East forward Kelly Newton and America East Rookie of the Year forward Jocelyn Mitchell. Those two have already combined for six goals and three assists.

Colgate (0-3) was hit hard by graduation after going .500 (9-9) last year. The Raiders lost the school's all-time leader in assists (Maddie Watrobski) and the player who was No. 2 all-time in points (Lauren Carey, a second team All-Region pick). They were picked for third in the preseason Patriot League poll. Their two goals in the season's first three games were scored by midfielder/defender Sara Kongkatong and midfielder/forward Katelyn Nerbonne. Sarah Pedersen has a .758 save percentage and a 2.93 goals-against average.

This will be the first meeting between Yale and Colgate. Maine was a regular on Yale's schedule from 1992 to 1998, but a 2-1 win by the Bulldogs in 1998 -- the fifth one-goal game in the seven meetings between the two teams -- marked the end of the series until now.

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