Visit No. 5 UConn Wednesday and No. 12 BC Sunday
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team gets the chance to test itself against two of the top teams in the country this week, as the Bulldogs visit No. 5 UConn Wednesday and No. 12 BC Sunday. It will be a particularly tough task for the Bulldog offense, with both opponents featuring goalies ranked in the top 10 in the country in goals-against average. Yale garnered a vote in the NFHCA poll released Tuesday, the second straight week the Bulldogs have been among the teams receiving votes.
Yale (6-3, 2-1 Ivy League) is coming off a 3-2 win at Cornell, just the second time in the last 25 years that Yale has beaten the Big Red on the road. Freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) had a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and has now taken over the team lead in points (4-5-13). For her efforts, Holland was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the second time this season. Another freshman, forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) is right behind her in points, as is junior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.). Both have identical 3-5-11 lines for the season.
Junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) continues to be one of the Bulldogs' top defensive players, and she has also scored a goal in each of the last two games. The Bulldogs have also used a pair of goalies effectively of late. Senior Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) split the game Saturday, with Cain coming in for the second half and getting the win. Cain's .800 save percentage for the season would place her eighth in the country, but she has not played enough minutes to qualify for the NCAA rankings.
UConn (8-2, 2-1 Big East) had a five-game winning streak snapped on Saturday, falling 3-2 in overtime at No. 8 Louisville. For the season, the Huskies have outscored their opponents 25-7. Goalkeeper Sarah Mansfield is fourth in the country in save percentage (.833) and goals-against average (0.69). Midfielder/forward Cara Silverman (6-1-13) and forward Anne Jeute (5-3-13) are tied for the team lead in points.
BC (7-4, 1-2 ACC), which hosts No. 1 North Carolina on Friday, opened the season with five straight wins. The Eagles have dropped four of six since, but each of those losses was to a nationally ranked opponent and two were in overtime. Goalie Kristine Stigas is ninth in the country in goals against average (1.17) and has a .717 save percentage. Midfielder/back Emily Kozniuk leads the Eagles in points (6-4-16), followed by midfielder/forward Janna Anctil (5-3-13).
BC is coached by former Yale head coach Ainslee Lamb.
Every goal Yale scores this season brings the world closer to a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell(London, England) has been diagnosed with the disease, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. The Bulldogs are taking pledges for a season-long "Goal-a-thon" as part of their "Get a Grip" campaign to raise awareness and funds for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation. For more information, visit http://www.yalebulldogs.com/getagrip
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity