Season, and “Get a Grip” Campaign, Starts This Weekend vs. SHU and QU

The Yale field hockey team shows off the
The Yale field hockey team shows off the "Get a Grip" t-shirts that are on sale as part of the season-long fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation.

Bulldogs Begin Season-Long Fundraising Efforts

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team looks to get its season-long "Get a Grip" campaign off to a good start this weekend, hosting Sacred Heart (Friday, 7 p.m.) and Quinnipiac (Sunday, 1 p.m.) at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs are raising money and awareness for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, as sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) has been diagnosed with the disease. In addition to donations, the Bulldogs are accepting pledges for each goal they score this year. The team will wear special jerseys Friday, and "Get a Grip" t-shirts will be on sale. The first 50 fans receive a free personal pizza.

The Bulldogs return four of their top six scorers from a year ago, led by junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) with eight goals and an assist for 17 points. Junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) was right behind Carter with four goals and eight assists, while senior back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) (five goals, five assists) and junior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) (six goals, one assist) also hit double-digits in points.

Carter and Waldemore are also part of a veteran defense. Waldemore and classmate Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.) have combined for 89 career games played, and Cullum has started 34 games in a row.

Senior goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), Yale's captain, is one of five Bulldogs with All-Ivy credentials. She was a second-team pick two years ago, when she finished third in the country in save percentage (.809). Landshut was a second-team selection last year, while Carter, Rosati and sophomore forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) were honorable mention picks. Landshut was also a second-team All-Region selection.

The Bulldogs beat Sacred Heart 7-1 last season, getting a hat trick from Ashley McCauley '10 and single goals from Barham, Rosati, senior forward Johna Paolino (East Greenwich, R.I.) and sophomore forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.). Pioneer goalie Kim Stow, who made 15 saves against Yale last season, has 25 in the first two games of this season. Sacred Heart opened with a 4-1 loss at Lehigh and lost 3-1 at West Chester last Sunday.

Yale edged Quinnipiac 2-1 last year in Hamden, as Bobcat goalie Jenna Grossman's 14 saves nearly denied the Bulldogs the win despite a 31-4 shot advantage. With Grossman gone, Nicole Lewis started the season opener and had seven saves in a 4-1 win at Lehigh. Forward Kaitlyn Notarianni had a hat trick.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity