Bolling, Cullum, Paolino and Waldemore to be Honored
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale Field Hockey Class of 2011 had a tough act to follow, leading Yale into a 2010 season where the Bulldogs had to replace their all-time leading scorer and single-season assist leader while also trying to follow up on a record-setting 2009 campaign. But entering Saturday's Senior Day game vs. Columbia at Johnson Field, the senior class -- goalkeeper Katie Bolling (Ann Arbor, Mich.), forward Erica Cullum (Morristown, N.J.), forward Johna Paolino (East Greenwich, R.I.) and back Marissa Waldemore (New Vernon, N.J.) -- has helped put the team in a position to match or exceed some of the most significant records in school history.
Yale (10-5, 4-1 Ivy League) enters the final two games of the season within reach of multiple milestones. The Bulldogs already have achieved back-to-back double-digit wins for the second time in school history (2002-03). Two more wins and Yale would tie the school record for wins in Ivy League play (six, set last season). That would also give the team the third-most overall wins in a season in school history.
With 47 goals on the season, Yale also has a chance at the first back-to-back 50-goal seasons in school history. Last year's squad scored 51, and the school record is 55 (1998).
The Bulldogs have done it all despite having their all-time leading scorer, Ashley McCauley '10, graduate along with single-season assist record holder Katie Cantore '10.
Junior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) has helped fill the void by challenging Cantore's assist mark. Landshut has 14 entering this weekend, leaving her two short of Cantore's record. Landshut also picked up her first two goals of the season this past weekend as Yale swept Penn and Fairfield.
The goal-scoring chores have been divided up equally. Paolino, whose goal at Fairfield Sunday was the game-winner, is one of five upperclassmen who have set or tied career highs in goals this season. Junior midfielder/back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.) has shattered her previous highs with seven goals and 16 points, while junior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) has tied her career high with eight goals. Junior Kirsten Krebs (Selinsgrove, Pa.) scored her first career goal last Saturday, and classmate forward/midfielder Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.) has added a pair of goals so far this year.
The addition of some high-scoring freshmen has also helped. Forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) leads the team in points (6-7-19), while midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) has contributed both offensively (4-5-13) and defensively (five defensive saves). Forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) scored her first career goals with a pair against Penn last Saturday.
Yale allowed only one goal last weekend, the second weekend in a row the Bulldogs have accomplished that feat. Bolling, freshman Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) and sophomore Ona McConnell (London, England) have combined for five shutouts, placing Yale ninth in the country in that category. The trio has produced a .736 save percentage and a 2.10 goals-against average.
The Bulldogs enter the weekend tied with Cornell for second place in the Ivy League, one game out of first. The Big Red hosts first-place Princeton Saturday at Noon.
Columbia (9-6, 2-3 Ivy League) pushed Yale to overtime last season before McCauley scored the game-winner. The Lions are led by forward Gabby Kozlowski (15-1-31). Goalie Christie O'Hara has a .679 save percentage and a 2.90 goals-against average. Columbia has won five of its last seven games.
Yale's four seniors will be honored at Saturday's game. Together, they have been a part of 36 wins entering Saturday.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity