Bulldogs Move within One of Tying School Record for Ivy League Wins
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Pushed to overtime by Columbia for the second year in a row, the Yale field hockey team once again found a way to respond. Junior forward Mia Rosati slipped one over the goal line 1:22 into the extra session to lift Yale to a 3-2 win. It was the fifth win in a row for the Bulldogs, who can tie the school record for victories in Ivy League play with a win next Saturday at Brown.
Yale (11-5, 5-1 Ivy League) paid tribute to its seniors -- goalie Katie Bolling, forward/back Erica Cullum, forward Johna Paolino and back Marissa Waldemore -- at the game, and then the quartet enjoyed a Senior Day victory. Bolling was in goal and got the win with four saves, while Paolino started and Cullum and Waldemore came in off the bench. The latter duo has been hit by the injury bug this season, so Saturday represented their first time together in the backfield in weeks.
"Erica Cullum played well off the bench," Stuper said. "This was the first time we were able to use her back there since her injury. Mo [Waldemore] came back from an injury as well and was able to help us, particularly in the second half."
The Bulldogs took the lead when junior forward/midfielder Kirsten Krebs scored on a breakaway off an assist by sophomore forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham at 20:43, but the Lions scored twice in a span of four minutes later in the half (Leti Freaney and Julia Garrison) to take a 2-1 lead into halftime. It was the first time in two weeks that Yale had trailed in a game.
Yale unleashed a barrage of shots on Columbia's Christie O'Hara in the second half, but she stopped them all -- until sophomore forward Maddy Sharp scored during a penalty corner with less than 18 minutes to play. Sharp knocked in the rebound of a shot by junior back Erin Carter.
"[Junior midfielder/back] Taylor [Sankovich] wasn't on the field for the penalty corner, so we had Maddy in there," Stuper said. "She was in the right position, over on the left side. She played well off the bench today, and that was a nice goal."
The goal prompted a Columbia timeout, which the Bulldogs used as a chance to regroup.
"We were off," said head coach Pam Stuper. "During that timeout, I told the team to let the rest of the game go. We need the best 17 minutes they could give. They picked up their play after that."
O'Hare denied shots by Carter and freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland on penalty corners in the final minute, sending Yale to its third overtime game of the season and first since Sept. 19. The Bulldogs ended this one quickly, getting a penalty corner and then keeping the ball in Columbia's end so that junior midfielder Dinah Landshut could make a run down the right side and set up Rosati for the game-winner.
It was the second game-winning goal of the year for Rosati, who also beat Harvard in overtime. Yale's 11 game-winners this year have come from eight different players.
"The good thing about this season is we don't rely on one person to score," Stuper said. "There are a lot of people that we can count on for goals."
Landshut now has 15 assists for the year, one away from tying the school single-season record set last year by Katie Cantore '10.
Rosati's goal was Yale's 50th of the season, giving the Bulldogs the first back-to-back 50-goal seasons in school history. Yale remains within striking distance of the school record for goals in a season, 55, with one game to play.
With the victory, Yale now has sole possession of second place in the Ivy League -- though the Bulldogs could have had more. Yale and Cornell were tied for second at the start of the day, and the Big Red nearly upset first-place Princeton. The Tigers pulled out a 3-2 win in Ithaca to clinch at least a share of the Ivy League title with a 6-0 record, and with a win against Penn next weekend Princeton would claim sole possession of the trophy.
Yale finishes the season at Brown next Saturday at 1 p.m.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity