September 4, 2011

Shootout Ends Double-OT Battle in QU’s Favor, 3-2

Cain Makes 10 Saves for Bulldogs 

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After two scoreless overtime periods loaded with offensive chances, the Yale field hockey team lost a 3-2 heartbreaker at Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon when Bobcat forward Kaitlyn Notarianni's goal in the fifth round of the shootout gave QU the win. The Bulldogs outshot the Bobcats 30-18 for the game, and had 21 penalty corners to QU's eight, but a career-high 19 saves by Quinnipiac's Nicole Lewis helped deny Yale. Sophomore goalie Emily Cain made 10 saves for the Bulldogs.

Outstanding performances in goal are nothing new for the Bobcats when they play the Bulldogs. Yale outshot Quinnipiac 27-9 a year ago but still had to sweat out a 4-3 win as QU's two keepers combined for 12 saves. Two years ago the Bulldogs had a 31-4 shot edge and won 2-1 despite a 14-save effort from the Quinnipiac goalie.

"Their goalie played a very good game," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "Historically, their goalies have been good against us and we always seem to have low-scoring games. Emily played a great game as well."

The Bobcats took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Danielle Allan at 14:15, and that goal held up until just before halftime. A pair of corners for the Bulldogs led to two scores in a span of less than three minutes, as senior forward Mia Rosati tied the game by deflecting a shot from senior back Erin Carter at 32:14, and Carter then gave Yale the lead at 34:49 off an assist from senior back/midfielder Chelsey Locarno.

But less than three minutes into the second half the Bobcats tied it on a goal by defender Kimberly Cunniff, and the score wound up remaining 2-2 for more than 60 minutes of playing time after that. Quinnipiac had two corners in the final 15 minutes of regulation, but a pair of saves by Cain kept the game tied. The Bulldogs had two corners of their own in the final two minutes, but one shot was saved by Lewis and the other went wide.

Yale (0-2) controlled play in each of the two overtime periods, outshooting the Bobcats 15-4 and getting seven corners, but Lewis kept the Bulldogs from getting the game-winner. She also got some help from her defense, which closed in to deny sophomore forward Erica Borgo's shot at the open net with five minutes left in the second overtime after Borgo dribbled past a diving Lewis.

Each overtime actually ended with QU taking a penalty corner with no time on the clock, but on the first senior midfielder Dinah Landshut dove to break up a pass and on the second Cain made the save and sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland cleared the ball away.

Quinnipiac (2-1) shot first in each round of the shootout, scoring on its first three shots while Yale got goals from Carter and Holland. After each team failed to score in the fourth round, Notarianni's goal in the fifth gave the Bobcats the 4-2 edge in the shootout that earned them the victory.

"The players stuck to our game plan from start to finish, and made every adjustment we asked them to make," Stuper said. "What hurt us was not capitalizing on opportunities for shots and corners."

Yale visits Hofstra next Saturday.

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