Bulldogs Resume Ivy League Play Saturday at Big Green
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team continues its trek throughout New England this weekend, wrapping up a string of five straight road games with visits to Dartmouth and Holy Cross.
Yale (6-5, 2-1 Ivy League) is coming off losses to a pair of nationally ranked opponents, No. 5 UConn and No. 12 Boston College. The Bulldogs nearly upset BC Sunday, getting a pair of goals from freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), but a potential game-tying penalty corner shot by junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) hit the post with three minutes to play and the Eagles held on for the victory.
Borgo has re-taken the team lead in points (5-5-15), a position she has been alternating with freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) (4-5-13). Holland has also been keeping busy at the other end of the field, registering four defensive saves in the last three games. Only five players in the country have more defensive saves this season. Midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), who is 10th in the country with nine assists in 11 games, gives Yale another top-10 spot in the NCAA individual rankings.
Senior goalie Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and freshman Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) continue to split duties in goal. They have combined for a .727 save percentage and a 2.67 goals-against average.
Dartmouth (8-4, 2-1 Ivy League), which hosts UMass on Tuesday, has been among the teams receiving votes in the NFHCA poll twice this season. The Big Green's four losses have been to two teams that are ranked (No. 4 Princeton and No. 13 BU) and two that are also receiving votes in the poll (Maine and UMass, teams that Yale also lost to).
The Big Green is ranked No. 3 in the country in goals per game (4.08), led by midfielder Kelly Hood (18-3-39). Hood already has three hat tricks this season. Midfielder Virginia Peisch leads the country in assists with 20, and forward Kelly McHenry has 13 assists. Yale's defensive corner unit may get a workout on Saturday, as Dartmouth averages more than nine corners per game. Big Green goalie Meagan Vakiener has a .654 save percentage and a 4.04 goals-against average.
Saturday's game figures to have big implications for the top of the Ivy League standings. Cornell, Dartmouth and Yale all sit just one game behind 3-0 Princeton. The Tigers host Brown while Cornell visits Harvard Saturday.
Holy Cross (0-12), which hosts Lafayette on Saturday, has been shut out seven times in 12 games this season. Midfielder/defender Jamie Caniglia leads the team in points (2-1-5), scoring two goals on her only two shots on goal of the season. Forward/midfielder Kara Gonnerman (2-0-4) is the only other player with more than one goal. Kelly Sotsky has a .643 save percentage and a 3.45 goals against average.
Yale beat Dartmouth 5-2 and Holy Cross 3-1 last season. Junior forward/midfielder Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.) scored her first career goal in the win over the Crusaders.
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