October 13, 2013

Bulldogs Battle, but Fall 4-0 at No. 13 Stanford

Team Finishes West Coast Trip with 1-1 Record

STANFORD, Calif. – No. 13 Stanford took advantage of all three of its penalty corners, scoring a goal on each of them, en route to a 4-0 win over the Yale field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Stanford's Varsity Turf.

The game was scoreless until Stanford got its first penalty corner and attacker Hope Burke fed defender Kelsey Harbin for a goal at 27:35. That was the sixth goal of the season for Harbin, the Cardinal's leading scorer and a teammate of senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland for the U.S. at the Junior World Cup this past summer.

Stanford (10-3, 3-1 NorPac) extended the lead six minutes later with another penalty corner goal, this one by attacker Lauren Becker -- a deflection into the top left corner of the goal. The Cardinal went into halftime up 2-0.

Yale (4-7, 1-2 Ivy League) outshot Stanford 8-7 in the second half, including six shots on goal. But Stanford keeper Dulcie Davies, who entered the week seventh in the country in goals-against average (1.15) and ninth in save percentage (.787), turned aside every shot she faced en route to her second straight shutout.

Midfielder Elise Ogle scored Stanford's lone non-penalty corner goal, redirecting in a pass form Burke at 39:16 to make the score 3-0. After senior Emily Cain came on in relief of junior Heather Schlesier in goal for the Bulldogs, midfielder Kasey Quon completed the scoring with a penalty corner goal at 59:24.

Schlesier finished with four saves, while Cain made two.

In a game that was unusually physical, the Bulldogs had three different players out at various points due to injuries.

"We faced a tremendous amount of adversity, and I'm very proud of the way the team battled and kept fighting," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "We lost players at a variety of different positions and had to move people around accordingly. Still, in the last 10 minutes, we had the ball down in Stanford's end and had several scoring opportunities."

Yale returns home from its West Coast trip, which included a 3-2 win at Cal Saturday, to host Dartmouth on Saturday Oct. 19.

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