No. 5 UConn Beats Yale

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Erin Carter. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Carter Scores for Third Game in a Row

STORRS, Conn. – UConn started strong and finished strong Wednesday night at the Sherman Family Sports Complex, scoring four goals in the first 26 minutes and three in the last 10 minutes. In between those two spurts, Yale managed to hang with the No. 5 team in the country. Junior back Erin Carter scored the only goal by either team in a stretch of more than 30 minutes of playing time, but it was not enough for Yale to avoid a 7-1 loss.

"No question, UConn is a very good team -- one of the best in the country," said Pam Stuper, Yale's head coach. "We knew their forwards were fast. They hit us early on with those first four goals, but then we started to figure out what we needed to do."

UConn (9-2) seized control of the game early. A turnover in the midfield gave the Huskies the chance for a 2-on-1 six minutes into the game, and Anne Jeute fed Marie Elena Bolles for a 1-0 lead.

Yale (6-4) did not get possession below the 30 until shortly after UConn's goal. Junior forward Mia Rosati sent a shot wide, and 90 seconds later Jeute scored on a penalty corner to give the Huskies a 2-0 lead.

UConn's third penalty corner also led to a goal, as it ended with a penalty stroke when the UConn shot hit a Yale player's foot on the way into the goal. Rayell Heistand scored on the stroke at 24:58.

The Bulldogs regrouped after the series of quick scores, and stopped two UConn corners later in the half. But shortly after freshman goalie Emily Cain made a quick kick save on a shot by Melissa Gonzalez, the Huskies scored again (Cara Silverman). UConn took a 4-0 lead into halftime.

Yale kept UConn scoreless early in the second half despite three Husky corners in the first seven minutes. Senior forward Johna Paolino then had a nice drive into the circle cut off by UConn keeper Sarah Mansfield.

The Bulldogs got on the scoreboard when a penalty stroke was called after freshman forward Erica Borgo grabbed a UConn turnover in the midfield and was taken down from behind while driving in on goal. Carter was tabbed to take the shot, and after several pensive seconds crouching down in front of the ball she rose up and fired a shot past Mansfield's right side at 47:44.

Sensing the Bulldogs' chance to gain momentum, UConn called timeout shortly after the Carter goal. Yale denied three more Husky corners in a span of less than two minutes, and remained within striking distance until a breakaway goal by Ali Blankmeyer started a three-goal UConn run in the final 10 minutes. The run included one more from Blankmeyer, and Silverman capped the scoring with 39 seconds left in the game.

"In the second half, we made some good adjustments," said Stuper. "There were shades of us playing well on both sides of the ball for several stretches, but that's not enough against a team like UConn."

Cain played the first half in goal for Yale, making five saves, while senior Katie Bolling played the second half and made two saves.

Yale visits No. 12 BC on Sunday.

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 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity