October 16, 2013

Big Green, Black Bears at Johnson Field this Weekend

Bulldogs Look to Start Winning Streak

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – After traveling 6,000 miles round trip last weekend and splitting a pair of games in California, the Yale field hockey team returns to Johnson Field to host Ivy League rival Dartmouth on Saturday (12:00 p.m.) and Maine on Sunday (2:00 p.m.). The Bulldogs will look to put together their first back-to-back wins of the season.

Yale (4-7, 1-2 Ivy League) posted a 3-2 win at Cal and a 4-0 loss at No. 13 Stanford on its trip to the West Coast. Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) had a pair of assists, while senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), senior midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) and sophomore midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) scored goals. That was the first goal of the season for Wells.

Schuckert now has five points in the last four games. She is eighth on Yale's career assist list with 20. Borgo and Holland are now in Yale's career top 15 in all three scoring categories. Borgo is third in assists (34, 10 behind all-time leader Dinah Landshut '12), fifth in points (82) and tied for ninth in goals (24). Holland is tied for 13th in assists (14), is 14th in goals (19) and is tied for 15th in points (52). Holland missed all but three games of her junior year due to injury.

Borgo is tied for the Ivy League lead in assists this season with seven, and Schuckert is tied for third with six. Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.), who started both games in California, is fifth in the league in save percentage (.725). Schlesier has stopped 17 of the 22 shots she has faced in her last five appearances (.773). Senior Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.) combined with Schlesier for a shutout in Yale's last game at Johnson Field, a 3-0 blanking of Cornell. Yale has used both goalies in 10 of 11 games this season, including two combined shutouts.

Yale has gone 21-10 in Ivy League games since the start of the 2009 season, and six of those 10 league losses have been by one goal. During that stretch Yale is 3-1 against Dartmouth, with the lone loss coming last season -- 4-3. Borgo, junior forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) and senior forward Brooke Gogel (Bronxville, N.Y.) scored Yale's goals.

Dartmouth (4-7, 1-2) Ivy League is 3-4 in away games this year. Forward Ali Savage, who has three hat tricks so far this season, is third in the Ivy League in points with 26 and tied for third in goals with 10. She entered the week in the top 10 nationally in goals per game and points per game. Goalie Ellen Meyer is fourth in the Ivy League with 64 saves. She has played every minutes in goal, posting a .604 save percentage and a 3.80 goals-against average.

Maine (8-6, 1-2 America East), which plays at Fairfield on Saturday, has won six of its last eight games entering the weekend. Midfielder Annabelle Hamilton (8-6-22) leads the team in scoring. Goalie Natasha Ford has a .697 save percentage and a 1.88 goals-against average.

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

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