Two Goals, Two Assists for Sankovich as Yale Beats Penn 10-0

Taylor Sankovich. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Taylor Sankovich. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Seven Different Players Score Goals; First of Season for Krebs, Landshut and Schuckert

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After five straight games on the road, the Yale field hockey team was anxious to get back to Johnson Field and set the tone early in an Ivy League showdown with Penn Saturday afternoon. The Bulldogs did so in emphatic fashion, scoring six times in the first half. By the end of the day three different players had scored two goals, and nine different players had points, for a 10-0 win over Penn. Junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich led the way with two goals and two assists.

Penn (3-12, 1-4 Ivy League) had lost 10 in a row earlier in the season, but a recent two-game winning streak was enough to make it clear that the Quakers could not be taken lightly.

"We talked about it in the locker room," said head coach Pam Stuper. "I said they had lost some games, but they were coming in here on a winning streak and probably feeling confident. We needed to step out on the field ready to face them."

Yale (9-5, 4-1 Ivy League) did just that, as it only took 2:46 for the Bulldogs to get on the scoreboard. The goal came from junior midfielder Dinah Landshut, who -- despite being one of the key components of Yale's attack with 12 assists for the season -- had not scored one herself until Saturday.

"It's been frustrating for Dinah, because she sets plays up for other players brilliantly, but you want to put one in yourself as well," Stuper said. "This past week at practice I had [associate head coach] Tamara [Durante] take her off to the side and work specifically on goal scoring, and it paid off."

At 5:37 Yale scored its first of three penalty corner goals for the game, with freshman forward Erica Borgo sending the ball in for Landshut to stop it for a Sankovich blast.

Yale then broke the game wide open with four goals in a span of less than 10 minutes late in the first half. Borgo scored off an assist by sophomore forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham to start the run at 20:16. A penalty stroke goal by junior back Erin Carter ended it, and in between were a pair of goals by freshman forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert – one unassisted and one from senior forward Johna Paolino. They were the first two goals of Schuckert's career.

While her two classmates, Borgo and midfielder/back Georgia Holland, have been battling back-and-forth for the team lead in scoring, Schuckert's contributions to the deep freshman class have not gone unnoticed.

"She's been playing well, whether starting or coming off the bench," Stuper said. "She's done a nice job playing both forward and midfield. Her first goal was beautiful -- she lifted it right up in the air and batted it in. Her second goal was great too. She had a very good performance today."

Sankovich had a hand in three straight Yale goals to start the second half, assisting on penalty corner tallies by junior forward Mia Rosati and junior forward/midfielder Kirsten Krebs before scoring one of her own off a Barham assist.

Krebs' goal was her first of the season.

"It was awesome to see Kirsten score," Stuper said. "She's one of those forward/middies who is always setting up the play, generating attack from her speed, but she just hadn't had a goal for herself."

With her six-point day Sankovich has now obliterated her previous career high in points -- three last season -- with 16 this year (7-2-16).

Landshut added another goal for the 10-0 final. Senior Katie Bolling and sophomore Ona McConnell combined on the shutout, the second in a row for that duo. Bolling stopped Penn's only shot on goal of the game. In addition to a 40-5 shot advantage, Yale had 13 corners and Penn had just one.

The win helps Yale keep pace right behind first-place Princeton in the Ivy League standings. The Tigers beat Harvard 4-0 Saturday to improve to 5-0 in the league, and they will travel to play at Cornell (tied with Yale for second place at 4-1) next Saturday.

Yale plays at Fairfield Sunday at 1 p.m.

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