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Bulldogs Visit Columbia Friday, Host No. 8 UConn Sunday

Erica Borgo. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Erica Borgo. (photo by Sam Rubin 95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Seek Second Two-Win Weekend of Season

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team looks to bounce back from a tough loss last Saturday as it visits Columbia for an Ivy League game on Friday at 6:00 p.m., then hosts No. 8 UConn on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

Yale (6-8, 2-3 Ivy League) is coming off a 1-0 defeat at Penn in a game that was decided by a shootout after neither team scored in regulation or the two overtimes. The Bulldogs got one goal in the shootout -- from senior midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.) -- but Penn got two to claim the victory.

Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) shut Penn out for 100:00 on Saturday, stopping all six shots she saw in regulation and the two overtimes. That raised her save percentage to .773, third in the Ivy League behind Brown's Shannon McSweeney (.777) and Penn's Carly Sokach (.775). Schlesier's save percentage in Ivy League games is .867, and senior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.)'s is .833, giving the Bulldogs the top two in the league in that category. No other Ivy goalie has a save percentage better than .810 in league games.

Schuckert leads the league in assists with nine, and has career highs in goals, assists and points this year (4-9-17). Yale senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.) is tied for second in the league in assists with eight, and has reached the 20-point mark for the third time in her career (6-8-20). She is fifth on Yale's all-time points list and third on Yale's all-time assists list (25-35-85).

Senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) continues to be a defensive force for the Bulldogs. With a defensive save Saturday at Penn, she now has seven defensive saves in the last three games. That has catapulted her into third place in the nation in that category with eight defensive saves for the season.

Yale has won five in a row against Columbia, including a 3-2 overtime win last season in which Borgo got the game-winner -- her second goal of the game. Cain made seven saves. The Bulldogs and the Lions have gone to overtime four times in the last five years.

Columbia (6-9, 2-3 Ivy League) has lost three of its last four games, including two where the Lions allowed six goals (a 6-0 loss to Albany, ranked No. 12 in the country, and a 6-2 loss to Dartmouth). The Lions did get a come-from-behind 4-3 overtime victory vs. Penn, handing the Quakers their only loss in league play so far. Midfielder Christina Freibott, who tied a school record with three assists in the Penn game, has 10 points in the last five games. With 16 points (5-6-16) for the season, she is second on the team in scoring behind forward Katie Ruesterholz (10-2-22). Lions goalkeeper Marlee Silverstein has a .618 save percentage and a 3.09 goals-against average.

UConn (13-4, 5-1 Big East) has lost three in a row, but two of those losses were by just one goal and two were against teams ranked in the top 10. The Huskies are currently fifth in the nation in assists per game (2.88), seventh in the nation in points per game (9.59) and seventh in the nation in scoring margin (1.78). Their .765 winning percentage is 11th in the country.

Forward Chloe Hunnable leads the Huskies in scoring (16-4-36). Forward/midfielder Marie Elena Bolles (12-9-33) gives UConn a second 30-point scorer. Both players were third team All-America selections last season. Goalie Sarah Mansfield, who has earned All-America honors three times in her career, has a .723 save percentage and a 1.50 goals-against average.

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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (, Yale Sports Publicity