October 7, 2011

Midwest Trips Includes Pair of Ranked Big Ten Foes

Yale Plays No. 13 Michigan and No. 14 Northwestern

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Fresh off putting a scare into the No. 4 team in the country, UConn, the Yale field hockey team gets a shot at two more nationally ranked opponents with a trip to the Midwest this weekend. The Bulldogs will play a pair of games at Northwestern's Lakeside Field, taking on No. 13 Michigan in a neutral-site game on Saturday (Noon Central) and then the No. 14 Wildcats on Sunday (Noon Central).

Yale (4-5, 2-1 Ivy League) fell to UConn 1-0 despite playing some of its best hockey in recent memory. The Bulldogs' five losses this season have come by a total of six goals, and three have been to teams that are currently ranked (No. 4 UConn, No. 7 Stanford and No. 16 Albany). Yale was among the teams also receiving votes in the latest NFHCA poll.

Mixed in with Yale's close losses are a series of blowout wins, as the Bulldogs have scored five goals or more in all of their victories. This past Saturday they beat Cornell 7-2 to improve to 2-1 in the Ivy League, tied for second place behind Dartmouth. Yale entered the week 10th in the country in goals per game (3.78).

Senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) leads Yale in points (7-3-17), followed by senior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) (6-2-14). Freshman forward Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) leads the team in assists and is third in points (2-8-12).

Sophomore goalie Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) entered the week 15th in the country in save percentage (.766). She has allowed just six goals in her last five appearances.

Michigan (8-3, 1-1 Big Ten) is coming off a 2-0 win over No. 17 Iowa, the Wolverines' fourth shutout of the season. They play Northwestern on Friday afternoon before taking on the Bulldogs Saturday. Michigan is off to its best start since 2004 and has allowed only four goals in the last seven games. Goalie Christi Barwick's 1.02 goals-against average places her eighth in the country.

Northwestern (10-4, 1-2 Big Ten) will give out t-shirts to the first 100 fans in attendance for Sunday's game as part of a nation-wide effort to support "Stick it to Cancer," a campaign supporting cancer education in conjunction with the National Foundation for Cancer Research. The Wildcats feature one of the top offensive players in the nation in Australian forward/midfielder Chelsea Armstrong, who is third in the country in goals per game (20 in 14 games) and fifth in points per game (45 in 14 games). Northwestern also features forward Regan Mooney, whose 16 assists in 14 games place her second in the NCAA in that category.

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 (sam.rubin@yale.edu), Yale Sports Publicity