Bulldogs Seek First Ivy League Win
NEW HAVEN, Conn. – This Friday night, for just the third time in the program's history, the Yale field hockey team will face a team that is the defending NCAA champions. The Bulldogs visit No. 10 Princeton -- which beat North Carolina 3-2 to win the NCAA title last year -- for a 7:00 p.m. game.
The Bulldogs' only other encounters with a defending NCAA champion came in 2008 (a 3-1 loss to North Carolina) and 1986 (a 3-0 loss to UConn).
Yale (2-4, 0-1 Ivy League) is coming off a 3-2 win vs. Vermont in which the Bulldogs had to rally from a 2-0 deficit. They scored three goals in the final 20:22, including the game-winner from junior forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) with 3:45 left. The Bulldogs outshot the Catamounts 41-9.
Senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), who assisted on the game-winner Sunday, was named Ivy League Co-Player of the Week on Tuesday. She totaled seven points for the weekend, including goals Saturday vs. Harvard and Sunday vs. Vermont. On Sunday Borgo moved past Erin Carter '12 (35-7-77) into fifth place on Yale's career scoring list (23-33-79). Borgo is also third on Yale's career assists list and tied for 10th on Yale's career goals list. She has extended her streak of consecutive games started to 57 -- every game of her career.
Borgo is one of many Bulldogs among the Ivy League leaders as the season enters its fourth weekend. Borgo (six) and senior midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) (five) are the top two in the league in assists. Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) is tied for third in goals (five). Borgo is third in points (14) and Holland is fifth (12). Senior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) is second in save percentage (.767) and fourth in saves.
Yale has gone 20-9 in Ivy League games since the start of the 2009 season, and six of those nine league losses have been by one goal. Princeton is the only Ancient Eight team to beat the Bulldogs by more than a goal during that span. Two years ago at Princeton, a goal by Erin Carter '12 with 3:47 to play pulled Yale within 3-2, but that wound up being the final score as Tigers goalie Erin Maida stopped a shot by senior forward/midfielder Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.) in the final moments to preserve the win.
Princeton (4-2, 1-0 Ivy League) had a 17-game winning streak snapped earlier this season with a 4-3 loss to Penn State, ranked No. 13 in the country at the time. The Tigers lost to then-No. 5 Syracuse this past Sunday to fall to 4-2 on the season.
Princeton is 1-0 in Ivy League play thanks to a 7-1 win at Dartmouth. The Tigers are coming off their sixth undefeated Ivy League campaign in the last eight years, and outscored their opponents 45-1 in league games last season.
The Princeton roster includes multiple players with U.S. National Team experience. Midfielder Julia Reinprecht was an Olympian for the U.S. in 2012, and competed with the U.S. Senior National Team at the World League Semifinals in London this summer. Midfielder/striker Michelle Cesan was an alternate for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics. She and midfielder/back Teresa Benvenuti are members of the U.S. Senior National Team as well. Benvenuti also played for the U.S. (and with Yale's Holland) at the Junior World Cup this past August.
The game will mark the dedication of Princeton's Bedford Field and includes a special halftime ceremony.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (email@example.com), Yale Sports Publicity