Season Finale Saturday at Brown

Maddy Sharp. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Maddy Sharp. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Chance for Seniors to Set Record for Career Ivy Wins

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The 2012 season comes to an end for the Yale field hockey team this Saturday as the Bulldogs visit Brown (1:00 p.m.). With one more league win, Yale (5-11, 2-4 Ivy League) would send its seniors -- back Lexy Adams (Lancaster, Pa.), midfielder/back Mary Beth Barham (Fairfax, Va.), goalkeeper Ona McConnell (London, England) and forward Maddy Sharp (San Diego, Calif.) -- out with more wins in league play than any class in school history. With 19 league victories, the Class of 2013 is currently tied with the Class of 2012 for the record.

All but one of Yale's Ivy League games this season has been decided by one goal. The Bulldogs' last Ivy game was a 3-2 overtime win over Columbia this past Saturday in which junior midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) scored the game-winning goal. Borgo leads the team in points (6-3-15) and is now fourth on Yale's career assists list and ninth on Yale's career points list (19-27-65).

Barham, who has been selected to play in the NFHCA Senior Game Nov. 17, is second on the team in goals and points (4-0-8). Junior Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) is 10th in the country in saves per game (7.75). She has a .718 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average.

Brown (6-10, 1-5 Ivy League) had a three-game winning streak snapped last Saturday with a 2-1 overtime loss at Penn. The Bears are just 1-6 on the road, but are 5-4 at home. Their lone Ivy League win was a 4-3 victory over Cornell in double overtime at Brown's new field hockey field on Oct. 20. Forward Meghan O'Donnell leads the team in goals and points (9-0-18). Forward Clayton Christus leads the team in assists (4-6-14). Shannon McSweeney has played every minute in goal and has a .792 save percentage and a 2.79 goals-against average.

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