Cain, Schlesier Blank Cornell 3-0

Heather Schlesier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Heather Schlesier. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Schuckert, Holland and Accurso Score

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team continues to make its two-goalie platoon work. On Saturday afternoon vs. Cornell at Johnson Field the Bulldogs got their second combined shutout of the season, beating the Big Red 3-0 as senior goalkeeper Emily Cain and junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier tag-teamed for the whitewash.

Cain got the start and made one save in the first half, as Yale opened up a 2-0 lead by outshooting Cornell 10-2. Senior midfielder Emily Schuckert scored off an assist by junior forward Jessie Accurso at the 6:15 mark, and senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland extended the lead with an unassisted goal eight minutes later.

"It was a sold team effort today, to come up with the win as well as the shutout," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Georgia played a very strong game for us in the backfield once again, and scored an important goal off a corner."

Cornell (3-5, 1-2 Ivy League) tested Schlesier in the second half, getting six penalty corners and putting a total of seven shots on goal. But Schlesier stopped them all, finishing off the shutout. She has now allowed just one goal in her last three appearances, stopping 10 shots in that span. Accurso added an insurance goal at 54:14, assisted by senior forward Erica Borgo. Cornell's Elizabeth Scheffler finished with eight saves, and Cornell also had a pair of defensive saves.

Cain and Schlesier have split duties in seven of Yale's eight games. They have combined for a .764 save percentage and a 2.60 goals-against average.

This was the annual "Get a Grip" game for Yale (3-5, 1-2 Ivy League), a fundraiser for the Myotonic Dystrophy Foundation in honor of goalkeeper Ona McConnell '13, who has the disease. The Bulldogs visit Quinnipiac Sunday afternoon.

Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity