Fast Start Faces Test at No. 7 Princeton, Hofstra

Marissa Waldemore. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Marissa Waldemore. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Look for Second Ivy League Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The Yale field hockey team is off to its best start in 11 years, and only two one-goal losses in overtime separate the Bulldogs from a 6-0 record. That hot start will be put to the test this weekend with a trip to No. 7 Princeton (Saturday, Noon) and Hofstra (Sunday, 2:00 p.m.).

Yale (4-2, 1-0 Ivy League) won a pair of games last weekend, including the Ivy League opener against Harvard. This is the Bulldogs' best record after six games since the 1998 team started 5-1 en route to setting the school record for wins with 15.

Ten different players have scored goals for the Bulldogs -- the latest addition to the list was sophomore midfielder/forward Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.), who got her first career goal in Sunday's 3-1 win at Holy Cross. A dozen different players have at least one point, led by 14 from senior forward Ashley McCauley (Rye, N.Y.) (seven goals) and nine from senior midfielder Katie Cantore (Hershey, Pa.) (nine assists). Sophomore midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) has already set her career high in goals (three, including two game-winners) and tied her career high in points (eight).

The numbers speak for themselves for Princeton (6-1, 1-0 Ivy League), which has won 18 Ivy League championships -- and the last five in a row. Including one shared title, the Tigers have won the league every season since 1994 except one. Princeton has also won 11 Ivy League games in a row, and 28 of its last 29.

The Tiger lineup includes the 2008 Ivy League Player of the Year, midfielder Katie Reinprecht, and the 2008 Ivy League Rookie of the Year, striker Kat Sharkey. Reinprecht, a second team All-American who has played for the U.S. Under 21-National Team and the U.S. Women's National Team Development Squad, had four goals against the Bulldogs last year. Sharkey, a third team All-American, has eight goals and five assists in the team's first seven games.

Tiger goalie Jennifer King has a .778 save percentage and a 1.06 goals-against average.

Hofstra (5-3), which hosts Drexel on Saturday, is one of many Bulldog opponents anxiously awaiting McCauley's graduation. She started her run through the Yale record books two years ago against the Pride, scoring the first four goals of her career in a 6-2 Bulldog win that spoiled the opening of Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium. The Pride kept McCauley off the scoreboard for 48 minutes last year at Johnson Field, but she then scored two goals in a three-minute span to key a 4-1 Yale win.

The Pride has outshot its opponents 167-85 this year, and forward/midfielder Genna Kovar leads the team in goals with five. Midfielder Amy-Lee Levey, a native of Zimbabwe, leads the team in shots with 44. The International flavor to Hofstra's roster also means Yale sophomore midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) won't be the only German on the field Sunday -- Hofstra has Berlin native Nancy Wagenbrenner.

Amanda Heyde (.700 save percentage, 2.04 goals-against average) and Meredith Golden (.800 save percentage, 0.96 goals-against average) have both seen significant time in goal for Hofstra.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity