Bolling's Four Saves Help Shut Down Powerful Big Green Offense
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Facing a Dartmouth team that was ranked No. 3 in the country in goals per game, the Yale defense knew it would be put to the test on Saturday. So it was fitting that, on a day where the Bulldogs became just the fourth team this season to hold Dartmouth to less than two goals, one of Yale's top backs provided the necessary offense for the win. Junior Erin Carter's two penalty corner goals turned an early 1-0 Dartmouth lead into a 2-1 Yale lead, and senior goalkeeper Katie Bolling kept the Big Green at bay with four saves. Senior forward Johna Paolino put the game out of reach with a goal midway through the second half.
Dartmouth was held well below its season average of more than four goals per game. Yale controlled the tempo early on, with a 7-2 edge in shots for the first half, then withstood 11 second-half shots from the Big Green.
"Katie Bolling had a very good game," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "She led very well from the goal and had a really good presence."
Bolling made a beautiful save on a drag flick on a Dartmouth penalty corner 18 minutes in, but the Big Green's Virginia Peisch was able to score on the rebound for a 1-0 lead.
After that, though, Yale shut out the powerful Big Green attack. Peisch, the NCAA leader in assists with 20, got three shots on goal for the game, but Kelly McHenry (five goals and 13 assists entering the day) had no shots on goal. Kelly Hood, who had 18 goals entering the game, was injured early on after getting just one shot on goal.
Meanwhile, Carter and the Yale penalty corner unit went to work on the deficit quickly. Less than a minute after Peisch's goal Carter drilled home the tying goal off an assist by junior midfielder Dinah Landshut. That same duo combined for another goal 10 minutes into the second half to make it 2-1 Yale.
Landshut now has 11 assists on the season, five shy of the school record set last year by Katie Cantore '10. Landshut is now all alone in fifth place on Yale's career assists list with 24.
"Dinah has done a very good job stick stopping," Stuper said. "That's a critical piece to the corner unit, and if you have a good corner unit you're going to have opportunities for assists. Dinah is consistent in controlling the ball, and she's someone you can create a lot of plays with -- short slip, long slip, pass."
Paolino put the game out of reach by knocking a rebound past Big Green keeper Meagan Vakiener (two saves) with less than 14 minutes left. It was her third goal of the season, establishing a career high. Freshman forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert was credited with the first assist of her career on the play.
With the win, Yale (7-5, 3-1 Ivy) remains one game behind first-place Princeton (10-2, 4-0 Ivy) in the league standings. The Bulldogs are tied with Cornell (9-3, 3-1).
Yale visits Holy Cross Sunday afternoon.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity