Now Earning Votes in National Poll, Yale Heads to Cornell

Erica Cullum. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erica Cullum. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Seek Second Ivy League Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team's play has finally garnered the Bulldogs some votes in the national poll, released on Tuesday, but Yale has a bigger goal for this week: win at Cornell. The Big Red and Princeton are the last two remaining undefeated teams in Ivy League play, and a victory on Saturday would enable Yale to stay in the thick of the chase for the league title.

The NFHCA poll released on Tuesday had Yale (5-3, 1-1 Ivy League) with three points, one ahead of Cornell. Maryland (1,035 points) is the new No. 1, surpassing No. 2 North Carolina (1,020 points). This is the second straight season that Yale has earned points in the national poll.

The Bulldogs are coming off a 4-2 win over Hofstra, which is also among the teams receiving votes in the poll. Yale's three losses this season have all come to teams that are either ranked or receiving votes.

A loss to No. 4 Princeton on Saturday left Yale at 1-1 in the Ivy League, adding to the importance of the upcoming game at Cornell. Yale finished last season with a school record six wins in Ivy play, one game short of the first-place Tigers. Along the way, Yale edged Cornell 1-0 in overtime. The Big Red brought a 7-0 record into Johnson Field, but senior goalie Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Charlotte Goins '10 combined for the shutout and junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) scored the game-winner 1:44 into overtime.

That was the second straight overtime game between these two teams; Cornell won 2-1 in Ithaca two years ago. Twelve of the last 14 games in the series have been decided by one goal.

With seven points in her last four games, junior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) has taken over the Yale lead in points (3-5-11). Junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.) (5-0-10) and freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) (3-4-10) are right behind her. Junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) has the team lead in assists with eight, putting her on pace to break the school record of 16 set by Katie Cantore '10 last year.

Cornell (5-2, 2-0 Ivy League) is coming off a weekend that saw the Big Red get a 3-2 double-overtime win at Columbia, then hang tough against No. 3 Virginia -- the game was tied 1-1 at halftime -- before falling 5-2.

The Big Red offense is led by attacker Catie De Stio, who scored the game-winner in double overtime at Columbia. A second team All-Region and first team All-Ivy League pick last year, she is tied for third in the league in points (6-3-15) and averages nearly six shots per game. Goalie Alex Botte is third in the league with a .754 save percentage.


Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity