Yale Receives Votes in Preseason National Poll

The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
The Yale huddle. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Coming Off 11-6 2010 Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – In each of the past two seasons, the Yale field hockey team has utilized a mid-season hot streak to earn a spot among the teams receiving votes in the national poll. In 2011, the Bulldogs are starting the year there. They earned four points in the 2011 Kookaburra/NFHCA Division I Preseason Poll, released Tuesday.

Yale returns 13 letterwinners for Pam Stuper's seventh season as head coach. That includes the top seven scorers and nine players who started seven or more games. The 2010 squad went 11-6 overall (5-2 Ivy League, tied for second place).

Yale's combined 23 wins over the past two seasons is tied for the most in a two-year span in school history. The best three-year span win total is 32, from 1996-1998. The 2010 season included a stretch where the Bulldogs won seven of nine, and in 2009 they won their final six.

Maryland led the preseason poll with 966 points, including 32 first-place votes. Five of Yale's 2011 opponents were in the top 20. UConn (Oct. 2) was No. 4, Princeton (Sept. 24) was No. 7, Michigan (Oct. 8) was No. 9, Albany (Sept. 11) was No. 17 and Stanford (Sept. 3) was No. 20. Five more opponents were among those receiving votes, including Northwestern (Oct. 9) (84 pts.), Cornell (Oct. 1) (8 pts.), Columbia (Oct. 28) (7 pts.), Harvard (Sept. 17) (4 pts.) and Hofstra (Sept. 10) (4 pts.).

Yale opens the season vs. No. 20 Stanford on Sept. 3 at Johnson Field at 11 a.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity