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Upstate New York Visit Includes Games at Cornell, No. 1 Syracuse

Noelle Villa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Noelle Villa. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Seek Second Ivy Win

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team heads to upstate New York this weekend seeking to notch its second Ivy League win, then knock off the top-ranked team in the country. The Bulldogs visit Cornell Saturday and No. 1 Syracuse Sunday. This is the start of a stretch of five straight road games for Yale.

Yale (3-4, 1-1 Ivy League) is coming off its second straight weekend split, falling to No. 3 Princeton Saturday but bouncing back with a 3-1 win over Sacred Heart Sunday. Junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) had a goal and an assist against the Pioneers and has now taken over the team lead in scoring (2-1-5) with one point more than senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.) (2-0-4). Borgo now has 24 career assists, one away from tying Jan Colarusso '82 for fifth on Yale's career assist list. Borgo is also tied for 14th on Yale's career points list (52, tied with Maggie Smeal '82).

Sophomore forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) scored her first goal of the season against Sacred Heart, and freshman midfielder/back Noelle Villa (Green Brook, N.J.) scored the first goal of her career. With senior forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.) getting her first point of the season on an assist in that game, nine different Bulldogs now have at least one point this year.

Junior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) made 13 saves over the weekend. She is 16th in the nation in save percentage (.760) and 10th in saves per game (8.14).

Cornell (1-6, 1-1 Ivy League) has suffered four one-goal losses so far. The Big Red is coming off its second-highest goal output of the season, three goals in a 4-3 overtime loss at Rutgers. Cornell has been outshot 97-40, but goalie Carolyn Horner has kept her team in games by posting a .805 save percentage (fifth in the country) and leading the country in saves per game (11.0). She already has four double-digit save games. Forward Hannah Balleza, a second team All-Ivy League selection last year, leads the Cornell offense (6-1-13). The Big Red roster includes three sets of sisters.

Syracuse (9-0, 2-0 Big East), which hosts No. 25 Louisville Saturday, moved up from No. 2 to No. 1 in the poll this week after beating No. 3 Princeton 2-0 on Sunday. The Orange already has five shutouts this season behind goalkeeper Leann Stiver. She is second in the country with a .839 save percentage and a 0.60 goals-against average. The Orange also has a powerful offense, ranking third in the country in goals per game (4.4). Forward Kelsey Millman leads the team in scoring (7-4-18), while midfielder Liz McInerney leads the team in assists with six. McInerney was a first team All-American last year, while Millman made the third team.

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




Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity