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Barham’s OT Game-winner Caps Seniors’ Perfect Run vs. Harvard, 2-1

Yale celebrates the win. (photo by Tom Barham)
Yale celebrates the win. (photo by Tom Barham)

Class of 2013 Goes 4-0 vs. Crimson

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Yale field hockey class of 2013 became the first class in school history to go 4-0 against archrival Harvard with a 2-1 overtime win over the Crimson Saturday -- and it was a senior who got the game-winner. Midfielder Mary Beth Barham's goal 12:42 into OT, her second goal of the day, gave the Bulldogs the dramatic win.

Barham has been a key part of Yale's attack throughout her career, but this year a move to back has meant fewer offensive chances for her. But on penalty corners she gets her chance to score, and on Saturday both of her goals came on corners. The game-winner came after her initial shot deflected off the stick of the Harvard fly. Barham collected the ball and got off another shot, finding the lower left-hand corner of the cage just past Harvard goalkeeper Cynthia Tassopoulos.

"Mary Beth played outstanding defense today, and took advantage of her offensive opportunities as well," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "She showed tremendous will on her part to lead the team to victory."

Yale (2-2, 1-0 Ivy League) was playing without junior midfielder/back Georgia Holland. The Bulldogs had initially planned on having Holland miss two weekends' worth of games because of her selection to play for the U.S. at the Junior Pan American Championship. But an injury in Yale's last game has forced Holland to miss that tournament and has also forced the Bulldogs to play without her.

"We knew we would be without 'G' for this game, but until last weekend we thought it would be because she would be in Guadalajara [for the tournament]," said Stuper. "This week, preparing to play without her, we changed up some things and threw a lot at our players. I really commend the team for adjusting and battling through another close Harvard-Yale game."

With the attack missing Holland, numerous other players stepped up to help fill the void.

"Erica Borgo did a great job on corners, and out in the field," Stuper said. "We also got some really good attack from Gabby Garcia, who helped out defensively on the front line too."

The key play of overtime, however, was set up by a player who wasn't even expected to play this year. Sidelined since her freshman season with an injury, junior Brooke Gogel had taken on a key off-the-field role as team manager. But with Holland's injury leaving the Bulldogs with just 16 healthy players, Gogel decided it was time to try a comeback. And after Stuper put her into the game in overtime, Gogel drew the corner that led to Barham's game-winner.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Cain finished with five saves for the win. Tassopoulos made six stops for Harvard (1-4, 0-1 Ivy League). Forward Noelle Painter scored Harvard's goal, tying the game 1-1 with 4:01 left in the second half.

Yale visits No. 5 UConn Sunday.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity