Senior Day Saturday as Yale Hosts Brown

Class of 2014: Emily Cain, Brooke Gogel, Georgia Holland, Gabby Garcia, Emily Schuckert, Erica Borgo. (photo by David Silverman, DSPics.com)

Bulldogs Pay Tribute to Class of 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team pays tribute to the six members of the Class of 2014 this Saturday, as Brown comes to town for the season finale. The Senior Day ceremony will take place before the game and will recognize the contributions of senior forward/midfielder Erica Borgo (Randolph, N.J.), senior goalkeeper Emily Cain (Laytonsville, Md.), senior forward/midfielder Gabby Garcia (Garden City, N.Y.), senior forward Brooke Gogel (Bronxville, N.Y.), senior midfielder/back Georgia Holland (Stony Brook, N.Y.) and senior midfielder Emily Schuckert (Wilmington, Del.).

The senior class has been a part of a record-breaking run by the Yale field hockey team, a run that included the school's first Ivy title since 1980 in 2011. Yale went 11-6 overall and 6-1 in the league that year, tying Princeton for first place to earn a share of the Ancient Eight crown. The team led the nation in assists per game that year with 68 in 17 games. The Bulldogs are 17-10 in the Ivy League in the class' four seasons, including a first-place finish and a second-place finish. They have also helped the team earn the NFHCA National Academic Team Award each of the past three seasons.

Yale (7-8, 3-3 Ivy League) enters the weekend in a three-way tie for third place in the Ivy League. A win on Saturday would give Yale its fourth winning season in Ivy play in the last five years. Yale's three league losses this season have been by a total of four goals.

Holland, the team captain, has made at least one defensive save in five straight games, including five in the 4-3 overtime win vs. Maine on Oct. 20. She is second in the country in defensive saves for the season with 10. She is also tied for 13th on Yale's career goals list and is 15th on Yale's career points list (20-14-54).

Borgo has seven points in the last seven games. She is third on Yale's career assists list, tied for third on Yale's career points list and is eighth on Yale's career goals list (26-35-87).

Schuckert is tied for the Ivy League lead in assists with nine. She has 23 assists for her career, placing her seventh on Yale's career list.

Junior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) made 16 saves this past Sunday, raising her save percentage to .793 -- 12 percentage points better than anyone else in the Ivy League. Schlesier's save percentage in league games is even more impressive: .872, 26 percentage points better than anyone else. Cain's save percentage in league games is .833, giving the Bulldogs two of the top three in the league in that category.

Yale beat Brown 2-1 last season, getting goals from junior forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) and sophomore back Molly Wolf (Endwell, N.Y.).

Brown (6-10, 1-5 Ivy League) upset then-No. 14 Louisville in overtime a month ago. Back Katarina Angus scored the game-winning goal 4:30 into the extra session. Forward Meghan O'Donnell is fifth in the Ivy League in goals and points (11-3-25). She has led the Bears in scoring in each of the past two seasons, and was an honorable mention All-Ivy League selection last year. Goalkeeper Shannon McSweeney is third in the nation in saves per game (9.63). She is also 19th in save percentage (.759). She was a second team All-Ivy League selection last year, and an honorable mention All-Ivy selection as a freshman.

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