Yale Falls to No. 3 Princeton

Megan Kirkham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Megan Kirkham. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Cain Makes Nine Saves

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – A matchup between the two teams that shared the Ivy League title last season, Princeton and Yale, wound up as a decisive win for the No. 3-ranked Tigers Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. Princeton striker Kathleen Sharkey scored four goals, three other players also scored and four more had assists as the Tigers came away with an 8-0 victory.

Yale (2-4, 1-1 Ivy League) managed to hold off Princeton's powerful offense – second in the nation in goals per game entering this week – for the first 12 minutes, getting a pair of saves from junior goalkeeper Emily Cain. But Sharkey's goal at 12:04 started a run, as she scored again just 51 seconds later. A goal by back Amanda Bird put Princeton up 3-0 at halftime.

The Bulldogs had fallen to the Tigers 3-2 last year, but any chance that they could keep this game as close ended early in the second half. Sharkey scored a pair of goals in the first five minutes, giving her 17 for the season, and striker Maddie Copeland added another one a minute later.

Copeland scored again in the final seven minutes for Princeton (7-0, 2-0 Ivy League), and a penalty stroke goal by midfielder Charlotte Krause capped the scoring.

Princeton used two goalies, Julia Boyle and Christina Maida, for the shutout. For Yale, sophomore Heather Schlesier came on in relief of Cain and made two saves in the final 24:11, while Cain made nine. Sophomore back Megan Kirkham added a defensive save. The Bulldogs were able to hold the Tigers' two Olympic midfielders, Julia Reinprecht and her sister Katie, to no shots and just one assist combined.

Yale hosts Sacred Heart Sunday afternoon.

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