No. 13 Albany Rallies Past Yale 4-2 to Avoid Upset Bid

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Emily Schuckert. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Garcia, Gogel Score for Bulldogs

ALBANY, N.Y. – The Yale field hockey team got more than halfway towards an upset Saturday afternoon against No. 13 Albany at Alumni Turf Field. A goal by senior forward Gabby Garcia gave the Bulldogs a 2-1 lead at halftime, but in the second half Albany utilized a 10-2 shot advantage -- and a 7-0 penalty corner advantage -- to score three goals and come away with a 4-2 win.

"Overall we played them tough -- the best we've played against them in recent years," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We scored two goals against a team that hasn't given up a lot of goals this year. But they have got a strong penalty corner unit, and we gave them too many chances in the second half."

Yale (1-2, 0-0 Ivy League) opened the scoring at 1:37 when senior forward Brooke Gogel scored off a shot from the top of the circle, assisted by senior midfielder Emily Schuckert. That represented the first time all year that the Great Danes trailed in a game (they had outscored their first three opponents 15-1).

The Yale lead lasted less than seven minutes, however. Albany (4-0, 0-0 America East) tied the game on a goal by midfielder Paula Heuser, whose penalty corner shot deflected in off a Yale player's stick.

The score remained 1-1 until the Bulldogs got a penalty corner in the waning moments of the first half. Garcia knocked in the rebound, assisted by senior forward Erica Borgo, for the final play of the half. Garcia now leads the team with three goals and seven points this season.

Albany scored all three of its second-half goals thanks to penalty corners. The first came at 41:02. After a shot by forward Daphne Voormolen was blocked, forward Liza Morgan put in the rebound for her sixth goal of the year.

The Great Danes went ahead 3-2 less than 10 minutes later, when a penalty corner enabled Voormolen to score off an assist by midfielder Fiori Van Rijswijk. Van Rijswijk then set up another penalty corner goal, this one by Heuser, to make the final 4-2 Albany.

For Yale, senior goalkeeper Emily Cain made five saves in the first half; junior Heather Schlesier made five saves in the second half. Albany keeper Maxi Primus made one save, on a shot by senior midfielder Georgia Holland in the first half.

Yale finishes its New York road trip with a visit to Hofstra for a 3:00 p.m. game Sunday.

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