Effort to Knock off Princeton Comes up Short, 3-2

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Jessie Accurso. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Accurso, Carter Score

PRINCETON, N.J. – Facing a Princeton team that had just lost an Ivy League game for the first time in four years a week before, the Yale field hockey team had a chance to make a major move in the Ivy League standings Saturday afternoon at Class of 1952 Stadium. Instead the Tigers got the win they needed to keep their own Ivy title hopes alive, knocking off the Bulldogs 3-2. Princeton and Yale are now part of a four-way tie for third in the league, one game behind the two 2-0 teams (Columbia and Dartmouth).

Having lost to Dartmouth 2-1 last weekend, Princeton (3-3, 1-1 Ivy League) could ill afford another league loss as it seeks its 17th Ancient Eight title in the last 18 years. The Tigers came out firing, outshooting Yale 8-2 in the first half, but it was not until just before halftime that they grabbed the lead for good. Midfielder Allison Behringer's blast from the top of the circle had put Princeton up 1-0 at 17:23, but just over a minute later Yale responded with the game-tying goal. Freshman forward Jessie Accurso was open at the far post to corral a ball that bounced off a half-dozen sticks and put in the first goal of her collegiate career at 18:54.

The score remained tied 1-1 until 34:37, when Princeton striker Allison Evans brought the ball up field and fed back/midfielder Sydney Kirby for a goal that made it 2-1. Kirby scored again off a feed from Evans at 56:27 to make it 3-1 Tigers.

Yale (3-4, 1-1 Ivy League) had more offensive chances in the second half than it did in the first, including three penalty corners to just one for Princeton. Senior back Erin Carter scored on one of those corners, with assists to senior back/midfielder Chelsey Locarno and sophomore forward Erica Borgo. That pulled Yale within one with 3:47 to play. But Princeton goalie Christina Maida made her fourth and final save on shot by sophomore forward Gabby Garcia in the final moments to help seal the win for the Tigers. Yale sophomore Emily Cain finished with six saves.

Yale hosts Cornell at Johnson Field next Saturday at Noon.

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