Bulldogs Seeking First Win of Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team takes a swing through New York State this weekend, seeking its first win of the season after a pair of close losses last weekend. The Bulldogs continue to face some of the top teams in the country, as Saturday's opponent (Hofstra) is among the teams receiving votes in the national poll, and Sunday's opponent (Albany) is ranked No. 16.
Yale (0-2) had the lead on then-No. 20 Stanford for nearly 40 minutes in last Saturday's season opener, which was also the start of the season-long "Get a Grip" fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of junior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England). An early goal by junior forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.), assisted by sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) put the Bulldogs ahead. The Cardinal surged ahead with three goals in a span of less than seven minutes early in the second half and held on for the 3-1 win.
Sunday's visit to Quinnipiac ended in similarly frustrating fashion for the Bulldogs. Yale had a 2-1 lead at halftime thanks to goals by a pair of seniors, forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) and back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.), but the Bobcats tied the game in the second half and eventually won via shootout after the second overtime.
Sophomore goalie Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) deserved a better fate than two losses after totaling 21 saves for the weekend. She has grabbed the early lead in the Ivy League in that category, adding an .808 save percentage and a 1.76 goals-against average.
Yale beat Hofstra 4-2 last season, getting goals from Carter, Rosati, senior back/midfielder Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.) and forward Johna Paolino '11. Cain got the win in goal, shutting out the Danes for the final 26:39 as the Bulldogs scored two goals to break a 2-2 tie and pull out the victory.
Hofstra (2-3), which plays at Fairfield Wednesday afternoon, has seen three of its last four games decided by one goal: a 4-3 win at Monmouth, a 4-3 overtime loss to Stanford and a 2-1 loss to Vermont. Like Yale, the Pride was among the teams receiving votes in the preseason national poll. Hofstra was picked eighth in the preseason CAA coaches poll. Forward Genna Kovar and Midfielder Arielle Williams were preseason All-CAA, while forward Krizia Layne and defender Amy-Lee Levey were honorable mention selections. Kovar is a two-time All-Mideast Region and All-CAA selection who battled injuries last year after earning NFHCA third team All-America honors in 2009. Williams led the team in goals (13) last year.
Albany (3-1), which plays at UConn Saturday, has outscored its first four opponents 12-5 thanks in part to a 40-10 corner advantage. The lone blemish on the Danes' record is a 3-2 loss to Stanford. In addition to being ranked No. 17 in the country, the Danes were picked for second in the preseason America East Conference. They are the defending conference champions and feature last season's America East Rookie of the Year (midfielder Corrine McConville, a second team NFHCA All-Region pick) and America East Goalkeeper of the Year Kristi Troch. Forward Christina Patrick, also a second team NFHCA All-Region pick last year, leads the team in points (4-2-10).
Every goal Yale scores this season brings the world closer to a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Junior goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) has been diagnosed with the disease, the most common form of muscular dystrophy. The Bulldogs are taking 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 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity