Cain, Schlesier Combine for Five Saves
PRINCETON, N.J. – No. 10 Princeton held off an upset-minded Yale field hockey team Friday night at Bedford Field, edging the Bulldogs 2-0. That marked the Tigers' smallest margin of victory in an Ivy League game since Oct. 1, 2011.
Princeton (5-2, 2-0 Ivy League) raised the banner celebrating its 2012 NCAA Championship Friday night, and also dedicated Bedford Field. Yale (2-5, 0-2 Ivy League), though, nearly spoiled the show. The Bulldogs appeared to score first after a penalty corner when a shot by senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland was deflected in midway through the first half, but that goal was disallowed because the ball was ruled to have hit a Yale player's foot.
The Tigers had outscored their opponents 71-4 in their last 12 Ivy League games, averaging nearly six goals per game. But the Bulldogs limited the Princeton attack to three shots on goal in the first half Friday night, and senior goalkeeper Emily Cain stopped two of them. The lone Tiger goal came at 23:56, when forward Allison Evans dribbled through the defense and scored her fifth goal of the season.
The Tigers were hit with a green card and a yellow card within a span of less than a minute late in the first, but Yale was unable to take advantage.
Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier came on in relief of Cain for the second half, and the Bulldogs continued to limit the Tigers' chances. Princeton got only four shots on goal in the second, and it took a penalty corner -- one of 16 on the night for the Tigers -- to extend the lead to 2-0. Defender Julia Reinprecht, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, chipped in a shot by midfielder Amanda Bird at the 55:59 mark.
This wound up being the fourth time in seven games that Princeton held its opponent to one goal or less. Goalkeeper Anya Gersoff made two saves for the shutout, stopping shots on goal in the first half by Holland and freshman forward Rhoni Gericke.
"Despite the loss, this was one of the best games I have seen us play in my time at Yale," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We gave up a few too many corners, but other than that there was nothing more we could have done. We did a great job on their U.S. National Team players. In particular, Georgia Holland's leadership was key in keeping us organized and successful defensively. I am very proud of the team."
Yale returns to action against Cornell at Johnson Field on Saturday Oct. 5.
Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity