Bulldogs, Tigers Were Ivy League Co-Champions Last Season
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Since the start of the 2009 season, the Yale field hockey team has posted an 18-1 record against six of the other seven teams in the Ivy League. The one team that has eluded the Bulldogs three times in that span, No. 3 Princeton, comes to Johnson Field this Saturday for a battle between the two teams that tied for the Ivy League title last year. Yale concludes the weekend hosting local rival Sacred Heart on Sunday.
Yale (2-3, 1-0 Ivy League) opened Ivy League play with a thrilling 2-1 overtime win at Harvard last Saturday. The senior class -- back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.), midfielder Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) and forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.) -- became the first class in school history to go 4-0 against the Crimson. Barham scored both goals, including the game-winner 12:42 into overtime.
Junior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) made five saves at Harvard, then followed that up with 14 saves at No. 5 UConn Saturday. Cain is seventh in the nation in save percentage (.800) and eighth in saves per game (8.8).
Yale's goals this season have come from four different players: Barham, junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), freshman forward/midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) and freshman back Molly Wolf (Endwell, N.Y.). Junior forward Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) has a pair of assists, and junior forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) has one.
Princeton (6-0, 1-0 Ivy League) is one of just four remaining unbeaten teams in the NCAA. The Tigers lead the nation in assists per game (4.67), and have three players in the top eight individually in assists per game: Katie Reinprecht (first, 1.33), Kathleen Sharkey (sixth. 0.83) and Julia Reinprecht (eighth, 0.8). Princeton is second in the nation in goals per game (4.67), led by Sharkey (a nation-leading 2.17 goals per game). Both Reinprechts played for the U.S. at the London Olympics this past summer. Michelle Cesan was an alternate. Cesan, the Reinprechts and Sharkey all won gold at the Pan Am Games with the U.S. last fall. Sharkey is the school's all-time goals leader (82).
Sacred Heart (4-2), which plays at Lehigh Friday, has already beaten one Ivy League opponent. The Pioneers topped Harvard 2-1 in double overtime earlier this month. Two sisters, Liz Bergman (3-0-6) and Sarah Bergman (2-2-6) are tied for the team lead in scoring.
Yale beat the Pioneers 9-1 last year, getting two goals each from Mia Rosati '12 and Taylor Sankovich '12. Dinah Landshut '12 had three assists.
Every goal Yale scores this season brings the world closer to a cure for myotonic dystrophy. Senior 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity