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Borgo Game-Winner Lifts Yale Over Columbia, 3-2 in OT

Erica Borgo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erica Borgo. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Five-Point Day for Junior Midfielder

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – Yale field hockey junior midfielder Erica Borgo has been climbing up Yale's assist list recently -- she entered the weekend tied for fourth on the Bulldogs' career list with 26. But on Saturday, she showed that she can score as well. After assisting on the Bulldogs' first goal, she scored the next two -- including the game-winner in overtime -- to help Yale beat Columbia 3-2.

The Lions opened the scoring, with midfielder Danielle Cosentino scoring off a penalty corner at 19:08. Columbia (8-7, 3-3 Ivy League) held that lead into halftime and beyond. The Bulldogs went scoreless on seven penalty corners in the first half, but tied the game on one 10 minutes into the second. Borgo, the inserter, got the ball to junior forward/midfielder Emily Schuckert, the stick stopper. Senior midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham drilled it in from there, her fourth goal of the year.

"When we need a goal this season, time and time again Mary Beth has come through," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "That was a beautiful goal."

Seven minutes later, Borgo put the Bulldogs up, converting a pass from senior forward Maddy Sharp.

"Maddy had an outstanding game," Stuper said. "Definitely her best game of the year. She generated a lot of attack playing defensive midfield. She, Borgo and Schucks had some nice plays together."

That lead lasted until the final 28 seconds of regulation, when back Creaghan Peters scored on a penalty corner. The Lions had an extra field player for those final minutes after pulling goalie Christie O'Hare (nine saves) for a kicking back.

Borgo's unassisted goal 6:19 into overtime finally brought the game to an end. Junior goalkeeper Emily Cain made seven saves, including one in overtime, for the win.

"Usually the team that scores late to tie it up has all the momentum heading into overtime," Stuper said. "This was a huge win for us to overcome that; it shows resilience and perseverance."

Five of Yale's six Ivy League games have been decided by just one goal; Saturday marked the first time Yale won one of those games since a 2-1 overtime win at Harvard on Sept. 15.

Borgo now has 10 points (4-2-10) in Yale's last five games, and leads the team in scoring (6-3-15).

Yale (5-10, 2-4 Ivy League) hosts No. 15 BU on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity