No. 4 Princeton, Hofstra Loom on Busy Weekend at Johnson Field

Maddy Sharp. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Alumnae Day, Team Up to Fight Cancer Also Part of Schedule

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Multitasking will be the order of the day for the Yale field hockey team this weekend, as the Bulldogs play two tough teams while also helping in the battle against cancer, continuing their fundraising for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation, and welcoming back alums for Alumnae Day. The festivities get underway Saturday at Noon, with No. 4 Princeton in town, and continue Sunday at 2 p.m. against Hofstra.

Yale (4-2, 1-0 Ivy League) got the win it needed last weekend, edging Harvard 1-0 on a goal by junior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) with 3:18 remaining. The Bulldogs and the Tigers, along with Columbia and Cornell, were the four teams to emerge with wins in their Ivy League openers. With each of those sets of teams playing each other this weekend, it is safe to say that there will start to be some separation in the race for the Ivy League title very soon.

Rosati is one of four different players with game-winning goals for the Bulldogs this year, joined by freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and sophomore forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.). Borgo and Sharp are tied for second on the team in goals, trailing junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.) (who has five).

Yale already has three shutouts this season from the goaltending combination of senior Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), freshman Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) and sophomore Ona McConnell (London, England). In each of the season's first three weekends, Yale has started by holding its opponents scoreless for at least 110 minutes.

That trend will receive a major test Saturday from a Princeton offense that is on a roll, scoring 27 goals to help the Tigers to a 5-0 start. That included a 9-1 rout of Dartmouth in the Ivy League opener last weekend. Kat Sharkey leads the team in goals with 13 -- 10 more than anyone else on the roster. Julia Reinprecht has a team-best five assists.

The Tigers are also strong defensively, having allowed just three goals all season. Christina Maida has started all five games in goal, posting a .889 save percentage and a 0.44 goals-against average.

Things do not figure to get much easier for Yale on Sunday, as Hofstra (5-3) has won five of its last six and has outscored its last two opponents, Fairfield and Siena, 11-0. The Pride has three players with double-digit points already, including Genna Kovar (9-4-22), Krizia Layne (7-2-16) and Arielle Williams (5-3-13). Amanda Heyde has a .667 save percentage and a 1.77 goals-against average.

Saturday is Alumnae Day at Johnson Field, and Sunday's game is part of Yale's "Team Up to Fight Cancer" weekend. Special t-shirts will be on sale to benefit the Yale Cancer Center, with the proceeds being designated to breast cancer research.

Yale also continues its "Get a Grip" campaign for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation on behalf of McConnell, who was diagnosed with the disease. Pledges for each goal Yale scores this season are still being accepted. Visit http://www.yalebulldogs.com/getagrip for more information.

 

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

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