Weekend Includes First-Place Battle at Columbia Friday

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Taylor Sankovich and Chelsey Locarno. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Also Host Holy Cross Sunday

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Three teams enter the second-to-last weekend of the regular season tied for first place in the Ivy League. The Yale Bulldogs are one of them, and on Friday they face one of the others: at Columbia (6 p.m.). The winner of that game will maintain control of its own destiny for at least a share of the Ivy League title. The Bulldogs also have a non-league game vs. Holy Cross at Johnson Field Sunday (1 p.m.).

Yale (8-6, 4-1 Ivy League), which was among the teams receiving votes in the latest NFHCA national poll and was ranked No. 19 in the latest womensfieldhockey.com poll, kept pace atop the league standings with a 2-1 win at Penn last Sunday. Columbia and Princeton won their games on Saturday to improve to 4-1 in the Ivy League, and the Bulldogs joined them Sunday with the victory over the Quakers. Penn was leading 1-0 at the half, but goals by sophomore forwards Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) and Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) in the second half were enough for the win. Sophomore goalie Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) made three saves, and she remains in the top 20 nationally in save percentage (.754, 19th).

Borgo and senior midfielder Dinah Landshut (Hamburg, Germany) are both in the top 20 nationally in assists per game (Borgo is 10th at 0.86 and Landshut is 19th at 0.71). This is just the second time in school history that Yale has had two players reach double digits in assists in the same season (in 1979, Maggie Smeal '82 had 14 and Janet Colarusso '82 had 13). Borgo's assist total for the year (12) is seventh-best all-time at Yale.

With two goals and two assists last game, the 2011 team now has the school record for points (51-50-152), breaking the 1999 team's record (51-47-149). Yale is also on pace to set the school record for goals and assists. The Bulldogs' current goal total (51) is tied for fourth on the school's all-time list, and the record is 55 (1998). Yale's 50 assists this year are second-most in school history, trailing only the 1979 team's 53. The Bulldogs enter the week 10th in the country in goals per game (3.64) and second in assists per game (3.57).

Senior back Erin Carter (Perkiomenville, Pa.) continues to lead the team in goals and points (12-4-28). That is the 11th highest point total in Yale history, and tied for the 11th highest goal total. Landshut is in sixth place on the career list with 68 points (15 goals, 38 assists). She is also second on Yale's career assist list, trailing only Sarah Driscoll '05 (42).

Senior forward Mia Rosati (Lower Gwynedd, Pa.) is second on the team in goals with seven, followed by sophomore midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) with six. Senior back Taylor Sankovich (Short Hills, N.J.) is next with five. Carter, Landshut, Rosati, Sankovich and their classmates (forward/midfielder Kirsten Krebs (Selinsgrove, Pa.) and midfielder/back Chelsey Locarno (Boston, Mass.)) have now been a part of 38 wins in four seasons, tied for second-most in school history with the Class of 2005. Only the Class of 1999 (45 wins from 1995 to 1998) has won more. 

Columbia (8-6, 4-1 Ivy League), which won 1-0 on a shootout at Lafayette Tuesday night, is 4-1 at home this season, including wins over Brown, Penn, Rutgers and Virginia Commonwealth in which the Lions allowed just one goal each time. Their lone home loss came Sept. 21, 3-1 to Quinnipiac.

The Lions, in their second season under head coach Marybeth Freeman, are a veteran squad. The top six scorers are all juniors and seniors, and just two members of the freshman and sophomore classes have started more than two games.

Nearly a third of Columbia's 31 goals this season have come from one woman, forward Gabby Kozlowski (10-1-21). Kozlowski now has 30 career goals, making her Columbia's second highest all-time scorer. Last year, when she set the school record for goals (16), she was a unanimous first team All-Ivy League selection and a second team All-Mideast Region selection. Midfielder Leti Freaney (4-2-10), who earned a gold medal at the Third Olympic Cup in Puerto Rico in the offseason, and forward Carson Christus (4-1-9) are tied for second on the team in goals.

Midfielder Paige Simmons (3-5-11) is second on the Lions in scoring and leads the team in assists. She, Kozlowski and back Desi Scherf made the training squad for the USA Field Hockey Senior High Performance New Jersey team this past summer. A pair of backs, twins Bridget and Katie DeSandis, have been part of USA Field Hockey's Junior High Performance New England training team. Katie DeSandis and fellow back Lauren Skudalski have four defensive saves each. Goalie Christie O'Hara has a .780 save percentage and a 2.29 goals-against average.

Holy Cross (1-14, 0-4 Patriot League), which hosts Lehigh Saturday, has lost 12 in a row. The Crusaders have played three of Yale's Ivy League rivals, losing to Brown (7-1), Dartmouth (6-1) and Harvard (4-0). Midfielder Jamie Caniglia leads the team in scoring (2-5-9). Kat Matchett has started 11 of 16 games in goal and has a .634 save percentage and a 4.23 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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