Season Starts Sept. 3 at Johnson Field vs. Sacred Heart
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Head coach Pam Stuper announced the 2010 Yale field hockey schedule Wednesday, with the season opener set for Sept. 3 against Sacred Heart at Johnson Field. In addition to the seven Ivy League games -- starting at Harvard on Sept. 18 -- the Bulldogs have 10 non-league games. Overall there are three teams on the schedule that were ranked in the top 10 in the final 2009 national poll and took part in the NCAA Tournament.
Two days after opening against Sacred Heart, the Bulldogs host Quinnipiac. The following weekend Yale hosts another pair of non-league opponents, Colgate and UMass.
Harvard and Yale renew their rivalry at Jordan Field on Sept. 18. The last six meetings between these two teams have each been decided by just one goal, including two that went to double overtime. Yale won last year's game 4-3.
After hosting Maine the day after the Harvard game, the Bulldogs resume Ivy play on Sept. 25 against the team that has won the last five Ivy League titles -- Princeton. The Tigers went 16-3 last year and handed Yale its only loss in league play. They were ranked No. 4 in the final 2009 poll and advanced to the semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. Princeton enters 2010 having won 17 Ivy League games in a row.
The game against Princeton will also include Yale's Alumnae Day festivities. The Bulldogs host Hofstra the next day.
Yale begins a series of five straight road games with a visit to Ivy League rival Cornell Oct. 2. The Bulldogs then play a rare midweek game on Wednesday Oct. 6, traveling to UConn. The Huskies were ranked No. 5 in the final 2009 poll and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Yale was one of just four teams to score three goals or more against UConn last year, as the Huskies went 19-3 and outscored their opponents 84-24.
After a game on Oct. 10 at Boston College, which was ranked No. 9 in the final 2009 poll and advanced to the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Yale visits Ivy league foe Dartmouth and Holy Cross the weekend of Oct. 16-17 to conclude the long series of away games.
During Family Weekend Yale hosts Penn Oct. 23 and makes a short trip to Fairfield Oct. 24.
Yale plays its final home game of the regular season Oct. 30, hosting Columbia. The game will mark Senior Day, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the Class of 2011: goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), back Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.), forward Johna Paolino (East Greenwich, R.I.) and back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.).
Yale returns eight starters and four All-Ivy League players from last season, when the team 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 and Stuper earned NFHCA Mideast Region Coach of the Year honors for her efforts.
Junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) is Yale's top returning goal and point scorer (8-1-17). Junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), a second team All-Region pick last year, leads all returnees in assists and is second in points (4-8-16). Landshut was a second team All-Ivy League pick, while Carter, sophomore midfielder/forward Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) and junior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) were honorable mention All-Ivy selections. Bolling, the team captain, returns after starting 14 games in goal. She was a second team All-Ivy pick in 2008.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity