September 17, 2009

Ivy League Play Starts Saturday vs. Harvard; Bulldogs Also Visit Holy Cross Sunday

 Yale, Harvard Renew Rivalry on Alumnae Day

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - There is no such thing as easing into Ivy League play for the Yale field hockey team. The Bulldogs start their Ancient Eight slate with their archrival, Harvard, on Alumnae Day at Johnson Field this Saturday (2:00 p.m.). The last five meetings between these two teams have each been decided by a goal, including two double-overtime games in the last three years. The Bulldogs then head to Holy Cross for a non-league game Sunday (3:00 p.m.).

Yale (2-2) split a pair of games at Maine last weekend, falling to the Black Bears 3-2 in overtime but beating Colgate 1-0. Senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.), who had the game-winner against the Raiders, continues to pace the Yale offense with four goals and eight points. Senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) has six assists in the first four games, putting her on pace to break the school single-season record in that category  -- 14, accomplished twice by Sarah Driscoll '05 (2002 and 2003) and once by Maggie Smeal '82 (1979).

The Bulldogs hope to give the alums that come back for Saturday's game the same thrill they delivered two years ago, when the Yale-Harvard game was one of the highlights of the celebration of the 35th anniversary of field hockey at Yale. Led by 13 saves from senior goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (New Bern, N.C.), the Bulldogs rallied from a 1-0 deficit with 10 minutes left in regulation and pulled out a 2-1 win in double overtime. Cat Lindroth '08 had both Bulldog goals.

Harvard (3-0) has outscored its opponents 12-4 and outshot them 55-25 so far this season. Forward/midfielder Chloe Keating, who was named Ivy League Player of the Week Tuesday after scoring three goals and adding three assists in the last two games, comes from the same high school program (Merion Mercy Academy) that produced current Bulldog junior forward Vicki Gordon (Haverford, Pa.). Keating has five goals and four assists for the season. Cynthia Tassopoulos is Harvard's only goalkeeper; she has a .692 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against average.

Holy Cross (1-4), which plays at New Hampshire Saturday, beat Siena 5-4 in double overtime its last time out. Midfielder/back Courtney Callahan has accounted for four of the team's nine goals for the season, including the game-winner against the Saints. Goalie Casey Kelly has a .635 save percentage and a 6.68 goals-against average.

McCauley, Cantore and Jayna Whitcher ‘09 all had goals in Yale's 3-1 victory over the Crusaders last year in New Haven. Goins made four saves for the win.

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

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