October 8, 2011

Yale Falls to No. 13 Michigan at Northwestern

Garcia Scores Lone Yale Goal in 7-1 Loss

EVANSTON, Ill. – After 20 minutes of Yale's game vs. No. 13 Michigan at Northwestern's Lakeside Field Saturday afternoon, the Bulldogs held a 1-0 lead thanks to a goal from sophomore forward Gabby Garcia. But the final 50 minutes of the game belonged to the Wolverines, as they scored seven unanswered goals to beat the Bulldogs 7-1.

Yale (4-6, 2-1 Ivy League) had not lost a game by more than two goals all season long, but when Michigan got four goals from four different players in a span of 12 minutes late in the first half the Wolverines were on their way to the decisive win. Michigan's 9-2 shot advantage in the first half helped, along with a 4-1 advantage in penalty corners.

Yale outshot the Wolverines 7-5 in the second half but Michigan (10-3, 2-1 Big Ten), which had beaten Northwestern 3-2 in double overtime the day before, tacked on three more goals in a span of 10:12 late in the half to pull even further in front. Freshman goalie Heather Schlesier came on in relief of sophomore Emily Cain, who finished with four saves. Michigan's Haley Jones made two saves.

Forward Michelle Roberts had a pair of goals to finish with a four-point day for Michigan, while three other players had a goal and an assist for three points each (back Bryn Bain, back Aline Ford and midfielder Ainsley McCallister).

Sophomore forward Erica Borgo assisted on Garcia's goal. Borgo now has 10 points (1-8-10) in the last six games.

Yale concludes its trip to the Midwest on Sunday, playing No. 14 Northwestern. Northwestern will give out t-shirts to the first 100 fans in attendance for the 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.

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

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