First-Place Yale Plays at Penn Sunday

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Mia Rosati. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Seeking Fourth Ivy League Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Entering the final three weekends of the regular season, the Yale field hockey team is right where it wants to be: in first place. The Bulldogs' 5-1 win over Dartmouth last Saturday forged a five-way tie atop the Ivy League standings. Now, to stay in first, the Blue must beat Penn at Franklin Field Sunday (1 p.m.).

Yale (7-6, 3-1 Ivy League), which was among the teams receiving votes in the latest NFHCA national poll, is tied with Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard and Princeton for first place in the Ivy League. With Columbia playing at Dartmouth and Princeton playing at Harvard this Saturday, two of those teams will move to 4-1 in the league and two will drop to 3-2. So the Bulldogs must beat the Quakers to keep pace atop the standings.

The Bulldogs' offense has been clicking at a record-setting pace this year. Yale's goal total (49) is fifth on the school's all-time list, within striking distance of the record (55, 1998). Yale's 48 assists this year are second-most in school history, trailing only the 1979 team's 53. The Bulldogs enter the week ninth in the country in goals per game (3.77) and third in assists per game (3.69).

Senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) leads Yale in points (12-4-28), having just scored four goals in the Bulldogs' 6-0 win over Fairfield. Carter was the first Yale player to score four goals in a game since Ashley McCauley '10 (Sept. 30, 2007). She now has 29 goals for her Yale career, good for sixth place on the school's career list. Senior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany)'s three-point day Sunday also moved her into sixth place on that career list with 68 points (15 goals, 38 assists). Landshut is also second on Yale's career assist list, trailing only Sarah Driscoll '05 (42).

Carter, Landshut, and their classmates (forward/midfielder Kirsten Krebs (Selinsgrove, Pa.), midfielder/back Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.), forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) and back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.)) have now been a part of 37 wins in four seasons, tied for third-most in school history. Only the Class of 1999 (45 wins from 1995 to 1998) and the Class of 2005 (38 wins from 2001 to 2004) have won more. 

Sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) was named Ivy League Player of the Week on Tuesday after scoring four goals over the weekend (including a hat trick vs. Dartmouth) and adding two defensive saves to preserve the shutout of Fairfield Sunday. Sophomore goalie Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) enters the week 19th in the country in save percentage (.754).

Penn's overall record (3-10, 1-3 Ivy League) is not indicative of the way the Quakers have played at Franklin Field, where visiting teams have the challenge of adjusting to the SprinTurf surface that features longer blades of artificial grass than the traditional turf fields. The Quakers are 0-6 on the road but 3-4 at home, where they have also posted a pair of shutouts. Two years ago at Franklin Field, the Bulldogs needed an overtime goal from Rosati to pull out a 3-2 win in overtime.

The Quakers have upped their scoring output recently, scoring 12 goals in the last five games after scoring only seven in their first eight. They are coming off a 5-2 win over Appalachian State in which back/midfielder Alex Iqbal had a hat trick, earning Ivy League Rookie of the Week honors. Julie Tahan leads the team in point (5-6-16). Goalie Kieran Sweeney has a .738 save percentage and a 2.74 goals-against average.

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

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