Early Lead Holds up as Bulldogs Win 3-2 at Cal

Nicole Wells. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity) Buy Now
Nicole Wells. (photo by Sam Rubin ?95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Wells, Schuckert and Borgo Score for Bulldogs

BERKELEY, Calif. – The Yale field hockey team jumped out to a 3-0 lead early in the second half Saturday afternoon at Maxwell Field, then held on for a 3-2 win vs. Cal in the first game of the Bulldogs' West Coast trip. Sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells, senior midfielder Emily Schuckert and senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo scored Yale's goals. Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier made a pair of saves for the win.

"This was a solid team effort, and for the most part we played a strong 70 minutes," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "[Freshman] Emmy Reinwald had a very good performance in the midfield. Overall this was a great road win, and the fact that the team was able to come all the way across the country to get a victory in the middle of the semester is a tribute to the players' preparation."

Yale's goals in the first half came in a span of less than two minutes late in the half, and both were due to penalty corners. Wells tipped in a shot by senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland at 29:14. Schuckert's goal at 30:52 came on a broken corner, as Holland fed her the ball and Schuckert put it on net before a Cal player inadvertently knocked it in.

Borgo's goal at 41:59 put Yale (4-6, 1-2 Ivy League) up by three, but Cal (4-8, 1-2 NorPac) would not go quietly. Shortly after a Cal shot hit the post, an unassisted goal by midfielder Laure Kruggel pulled the Golden Bears within 3-1 at 59:46.

With senior Emily Cain in goal for the final 6:56 of the game, Kruggel scored on a penalty stroke (awarded after a Yale player stopped a shot headed into the goal with her foot) to get Cal within one with 4:19 to play. That would be the final shot of the game, however. Cal pulled goalie Courtney Hendrickson for the final 12 seconds to bring in a kicking back, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.

Yale visits No. 13 Stanford on Sunday.

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