Season Starts Sept. 3 at Johnson Field vs. Stanford
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Seven games vs. teams that were ranked or received votes in the final 2010 national poll, and five vs. teams that took part in the 2010 NCAA Tournament, highlight the 2011 Yale field hockey schedule, which was released Wednesday. The 17-game regular season starts Saturday, Sept. 3 against Stanford at Johnson Field. In addition to the seven Ivy League games -- starting with a visit from archrival Harvard on Sept. 17 -- the Bulldogs have 10 non-league games. This is Yale's seventh season with Pam Stuper as head coach.
Yale returns nine starters and four All-Ivy League selections from last season, when the team went 11-6 overall and 5-2 in the Ivy League (tied for second). The team's 23 wins in the past two seasons are tied for the second-best two-year span in school history. The best three-year span win total is 32, from 1996-1998.
Rising sophomore forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) is Yale's top returning scorer (8-7-23), followed by rising senior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) (2-15-19). Landshut finished one shy of the school record for assists last year.
Borgo (second team) and Landshut (first team) were both All-Ivy League picks last season, as were rising senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) (first team) and rising sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) (second team). Holland was the league's Co-Rookie of the Year, becoming the fourth Bulldog to earn that honor.
Carter, the team captain, was also a second team All-Mideast Region selection last year. Landshut made the first team.
This year Yale will once again hold a season-long fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of rising junior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England), who has been diagnosed with that disease. The campaign, known as "Get a Grip", launches with the Sept. 3 game vs. Stanford. Further details will be released shortly. Last year's inaugural campaign raised more than $50,000 for the cause.
Here is a breakdown of the schedule for 2011, Yale's 40th varsity season:
- Yale's regular-season schedule consists of 17 games. That includes seven games against Ivy League opponents (Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Penn and Princeton).
- The regular-season schedule includes 10 non-conference games: Sept. 3 vs. Stanford, Sept. 4 at Quinnipiac, Sept. 10 at Hofstra, Sept. 11 at Albany, Sept. 18 vs. Sacred Heart, Oct. 2 vs. UConn, Oct. 8 vs. Michigan (at Northwestern), Oct. 9 at Northwestern, Oct. 16 vs. Fairfield and Oct. 30 vs. Holy Cross.
- Yale plays games in five different states (Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania).
- There are nine regular-season home games on the schedule, seven road games and one neutral-site game.
- Yale will also play one pre-season foreign exhibition (Aug. 27 vs. Victoria) and one pre-season scrimmage (Aug. 28 vs. Greenwich). Both are scheduled for Johnson Field.
- Yale plays seven games against teams that ended last season ranked or receiving votes in the NFHCA national poll (No. 5 UConn, No. 6 Princeton, No. 8 Michigan, No. 19 Stanford, RV Columbia, RV Cornell and RV Northwestern).
- The schedule includes five games against teams that took part in the 2010 NCAA tournament: Albany, Michigan, Princeton, Stanford and UConn.
- Yale plays its final home game of the regular season Nov. 5, hosting Brown. The game will mark Senior Day, as the Bulldogs pay tribute to the six members of the Class of 2012: team captain B Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.), F/M Kirsten Krebs (Selinsgrove, Pa.), M Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany), M/B Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.), F Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) and B Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.).
- The NCAA tournament, which includes 16 teams, begins Nov. 12-13 with first- and second-round games at campus sites. The winners of those series advance to the Final Four, which takes place at Louisville's Trager Stadium on Nov. 18 and 20. The winner of the Ivy League participates in a play-in game for a spot in the NCAA tournament field.
- Alumnae Day is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 17 vs. Harvard.
- Yale will once again offer live stats of home games on yalebulldogs.com. Road games will also be available through the host schools' websites.
- The schedule is subject to change. Check yalebulldogs.com for updates.