Five-Point Day for Landshut
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Coming off an emotional win in the Ivy League opener Saturday against Harvard, and with another crucial league game looming next Saturday against Princeton, the Yale field hockey team had to avoid a letdown Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field against Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs did just that, and they did it in a big way. Seven different players scored goals, led by two each from senior forward Mia Rosati and senior back Taylor Sankovich, as Yale bested Sacred Heart 9-1. The game also included the first career goal for sophomore forward Gabby Garcia.
"I thought the players handled coming off a big win [5-1 over Harvard Saturday] very well," head coach Pam Stuper said. "We talked about playing hard right from the start, whether it was taking a hard shot, making a hard tackle or whatever else they needed to do. That set the tempo for the game and we stayed with it for 70 minutes."
Yale took a 1-0 lead six minutes in on a goal by senior midfielder Dinah Landshut that was set up by sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland. Landshut would finish the day with five points on a goal and three assists -- one more point than she had scored in the first five games combined.
Sacred Heart (2-5) stemmed the tide for 15 more minutes before the floodgates began opening. Sophomore forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert drove along the baseline and set up junior forward/midfielder Mary Beth Barham for a shot that Pioneer keeper Kim Stow stopped, but Rosati was right there at the left post to corral the rebound and stuff it home to make it 2-0 Yale at 21:30.
Senior forward/midfielder Kirsten Krebs got her first goal of the year in similar fashion five minutes later, and Sankovich then delivered two goals on penalty corners -- one four minutes before halftime and one three minutes after halftime. Landshut, the stick stopper, and sophomore forward Erica Borgo, the inserter, both got assists.
After Rosati scored again, this time off an assist from junior forward Maddy Sharp, Garcia notched her first career tally by knocking in a ball batted by Rosati to make it 7-0 at 49:05. It was another milestone in Garcia's continued transition from back to forward, one that has seen her making more and more of an impact with each game this year.
"It's always fun as a coach to take a player and see them contribute in a different way than they did in high school," Stuper said. "Gabby played back. It took us a year to teach her the tactics of the forward line, but now it is paying off. It's exciting to see her starting to get dangerous up there."
After senior back Erin Carter scored on a penalty stroke, Barham capped Yale's scoring off an assist from Landshut at 61:04. Sacred Heart got a goal from forward Leah Salindong with less than three minutes to play to make the final 9-1.
Yale (3-3, 1-0 Ivy League) visits No. 19 Princeton next Saturday at Noon.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity