September 16, 2010

Yale Visits Harvard, then Hosts Maine

Bulldogs and Crimson Have Played Six Straight One-goal Games

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After having a nine-game winning streak snapped with an overtime loss to UMass this past Sunday, the Yale field hockey team probably doesn't need much extra motivation heading into this weekend's games. But facing a pair of teams that are receiving votes in the national poll, including archrival Harvard, should add some fuel to Yale's fire. The Bulldogs visit the Crimson Saturday, then host Maine Sunday.

For six straight seasons, Yale-Harvard has been decided by one goal -- including two double-overtime games. The Bulldogs have won three of those, including last season's 4-3 game where Yale scored the first four goals and Harvard scored the last three. Ashley McCauley '10 had a hat trick, and the Bulldogs' other goal came from senior back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.).

Waldemore had been the answer to a trivia question for quite a while -- until two weeks ago, she was the last Bulldog to be named Ivy League Rookie of the Week since 2007. Now, Yale has had two different players earn the honor in the first two weeks of the season. Midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) had a pair of goals and an assist last weekend to take the honor, while forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) had three goals and two assists in the first weekend of the season to take the honor.

Borgo enters the weekend leading Yale in points (3-4-10), while junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.) leads the team in goals with four.

Harvard (2-3, 0-0 Ivy League) is coming off three straight losses, including a pair of tough ones at the Sheraton Catamount Classic last weekend. The Crimson lost to Maine 2-1 on Saturday, then lost to host Vermont 1-0 in overtime on Sunday. Harvard still earned votes in the national poll earlier this week, having beaten Holy Cross and Bryant by a combined 11-3 in the opening week of the season.

Forward Chloe Keating leads Harvard in goals (four) and points (11). Goalie Cynthia Tassopoulos, who made eight saves against Yale last year, has a .757 save percentage and a 1.70 goals-against average.

Maine (4-2, 0-0 America East), which plays Bryant Friday night, is one of the teams also receiving votes in the national poll. Kelly Newton leads the Black Bears with five goals and 13 points. Goalie Brittany Fleck has a .865 save percentage and a 1.11 goals-against average.

 

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