October 23, 2010

Finally Back in Connecticut, Yale Hosts Penn and Visits Fairfield

Bulldogs Seek to Extend Winning Streak

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – It has been nearly a month since Yale played a game on its home turf, as a stretch of five straight road games has finally come to an end. Still within a game of first place, Yale hosts Penn in a crucial Ivy League contest Saturday at Noon at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs are then right back on the road Sunday, but this time it's a short trip down I-95 to play at Fairfield Sunday at 1 p.m.

While traveling throughout the Northeast over the last three weeks, Yale (8-5, 3-1 Ivy League) solidified its spot near the top of the Ivy League standings. The Bulldogs picked up wins at Cornell and Dartmouth, and they enter play Saturday tied with the Big Red for second in the league behind 4-0 Princeton. The Tigers host Harvard on Saturday.

Yale is coming off a sweep of Dartmouth and Holy Cross last weekend. Junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) was named Ivy League Player of the Week after scoring three goals, including two in the come-from-behind win at Dartmouth Saturday. Freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Rookie of the Week for the third time this season after shifting her primary responsibilities to the backfield and helping Yale limit its opponents to just one goal in 140 minutes.

Junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), who assisted on all three of Carter's goals last weekend, has a team-high 12 assists for the season and is within four of the school record set last season by Katie Cantore '10. The Bulldogs enter their final four games with 35 goals. If they get to 40, it would mark Yale's first back-to-back 40-goal seasons (they had 51 last year) since 1995-96. Yale is also seeking its first back-to-back double-digit win seasons since 2002-03.

Senior goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and sophomore goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) combined on the shutout of Holy Cross last Sunday, the fourth whitewashing of the season for the Bulldogs. Those two, along with freshman Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.), give Yale a combined .733 save percentage and 2.34 goals-against average.

Penn (3-11, 1-3 Ivy League) pushed Yale to overtime last season before junior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) scored to win it for the Bulldogs. The Quakers have won their last two games in overtime, beating Columbia 3-2 and St. Joseph's 4-3. Attacker/midfielder Laurel McGarvie, who scored goals in each of those games, is tied with midfielder Kirstin Snyder for the team lead with three goals for the season. Goalkeeper Danielle Rothman got the win in both games, and she has a .655 save percentage with a 4.88 goals-against average for the year.

Yale beat Fairfield (8-8) 6-0 last season, highlighted by the first career goals for sophomore back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.) and forward Lesley Kiger '10. Forward Marit Westenberg leads the Stags with 10 goals and 26 points, while defender/midfielder Melanie Leo has a team-best eight assists. Goalkeeper Maddy Sposito has a .748 save percentage and a 3.06 goals-against average.

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

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