Bulldogs Fall to Bears 3-2 in Finale

Katie Bolling. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Katie Bolling. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Borgo Scores Both Goals

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown's Elara Mosquera broke a 2-2 tie with 5:15 left, and the Bears held on to hand Yale a 3-2 loss in the season finale Saturday afternoon at Warner Roof. Both Yale goals came from freshman forward Erica Borgo.

With the loss Yale (11-6, 5-2 Ivy League) finishes in a tie for second place in the Ivy League, one win short of tying the school record for wins in league play. The Bulldogs outshot the Bears 21-14 and had a 15-4 edge in corners, but six saves by Brown goalie Lauren Kessler helped keep Yale at bay.

"It took us about 20 minutes to get settled in and play the way we should have played," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "We didn't capitalize on the opportunities we created."

Leslie Springmeyer opened the scoring during a Brown penalty corner at 9:30, but Borgo answered two minutes later. Abigail Taft then put Brown (6-11, 3-4 Ivy League) back ahead at the 20:19 mark, but Borgo scored again by tipping in a pass from freshman midfielder/back Georgia Holland eight minutes later. The teams went into halftime tied 2-2.

Senior goalie Katie Bolling made six saves in her last game as a Bulldog, but Mosquera spoiled the ending by scoring off a pass from Katie Hyland, which barely eluded a Yale defender. It was the final game for Bolling and fellow seniors back Erica Cullum, forward Johna Paolino and back Marissa Waldemore.

Yale finished the season with 52 goals, marking the fifth straight season the Bulldogs have increased their goal total over the previous year. Borgo finished with the team lead in points (8-7-23), becoming the first freshman to accomplish that feat since Amanda Walton '02 (18-3-39) in 1998. Her eight goals tied her for the team lead in that category with junior back Erin Carter.

The Bulldogs wound up tied with Cornell for second place in the Ivy standings, the second straight second-place finish for Yale. The Bulldogs are 23-11 overall in the last two seasons, 11-3 in the Ivy League.

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 took 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