Colgate, UMass at Johnson Field this Weekend

Mary Beth Barham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Mary Beth Barham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Seek to Keep Winning Streak Alive

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale kept the scoreboard operator at Johnson Field busy last weekend, scoring nine goals while going 2-0 against Sacred Heart and Quinnipiac. The Bulldogs look to keep that offensive momentum going this weekend as another pair of non-league opponents -- Colgate and UMass -- visit New Haven. The Bulldogs have now won eight in a row dating back to last season, outscoring their opponents 33-11 in that span.

The Yale attack has seen a wide variety of contributors, as nine different players have at least one point so far this season. Freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), who was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week on Tuesday, leads the attack with three goals and a pair of assists for eight points. Sophomore forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) and junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.) have a pair of goals each.

The Yale defense did not allow a goal for the first 120:55 of the season. That included a combined shutout of Sacred Heart from senior goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England). McConnell, who has been diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy, is the inspiration for Yale's season-long "Get a Grip" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. Friday night marked her varsity debut.

Yale edged Colgate (1-3) 1-0 last season with Ashley McCauley '10 getting the game-winner in the first half. Bolling and Charlotte Goins '10 combined for the shutout. After a 5-0 win over Robert Morris in the season opener the Raiders have been outscored 14-2 in three straight losses. Five-foot-two attacker/midfielder Laura Denenga leads the team with three goals.

UMass (1-3), which hosts UConn Saturday, knocked off Yale 1-0 last year on a first-half goal by forward Eileen Seffron. Goalie Alesha Widdall made four saves for the shutout. So far this season, three of UMass' four goals have come from forward Katie Kelly. Kelly was a second team All-Region pick last year.

 Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity