2014-15 Yale Field Hockey News
January 27, 2015
Accurso, Kirkham, Nolan and Thompson Earn Team Awards
Four players were recognized with team awards at the Yale field hockey team’s annual post-season banquet Saturday night. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Nolan (Lancaster, Pa.) earned the Player of the Year Award, senior back Megan Kirkham (Courtice, Ont.) earned the Coaches’ Award, senior forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.) earned the Amanda Walton Award and freshman back Tess Thompson (Ann Arbor, Mich.) earned the Senior Award.
December 5, 2014
Stuper Part of National Championship Team’s Hall of Fame Induction at JMU
Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, got to re-live a national championship recently as she and the rest of the 1994 James Madison team were inducted into the school’s hall of fame Nov. 21. Stuper was an assistant coach on that team, working under head coach Christy Morgan.
November 13, 2014
Nolan, Schlesier and Wells Earn All-Ivy Honors
The Yale field hockey team had three players honored Thursday as the Ivy League announced its annual post-season awards. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Nolan (Lancaster, Pa.) was named second team All-Ivy League, while senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.) and junior midfielder Nicole Wells (Bryn Mawr, Pa.) earned honorable mention All-Ivy.
November 12, 2014
Georgia Holland ‘14 a Champion Again, This Time in the ACC
Three years after helping the Yale field hockey team win an Ivy League championship, back Georgia Holland ’14 has done it again -- this time with Wake Forest, as this past weekend she and the Demon Deacons won the ACC Championship and earned an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament. Holland, who is playing for Wake while earning a graduate degree, now takes aim at a national championship. The Demon Deacons, ranked No. 5 in the country, open the NCAA Tournament Saturday against No. 12 Albany at the University of Maryland.
November 8, 2014
Season Ends on High Note as Yale Beats Brown 3-2 in OT
The Yale field hockey team ended its season on a high note Saturday afternoon, beating Brown 3-2 in overtime at Goldberger Family Field. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Nolan got the game-winner on a penalty stroke.
November 3, 2014
Season Concludes Saturday at Brown
The Yale field hockey team looks to end the 2014 season on a winning note Saturday, traveling to Brown for the finale. The Bulldogs have won four of the last five games in the series with the Bears. Saturday will mark the final career game for Yale’s four seniors -- forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.), back Megan Kirkham (Courtice, Ont.), forward Grace McInerney (Blue Bell, Pa.) and goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.). Those four were a part of Yale’s Ivy League championship run as freshmen in 2011.
November 1, 2014
Columbia Tops Yale 4-0
Looking to keep pace at the top of the Ivy League field hockey standings, Columbia took an early lead on Yale on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field and never looked back, topping the Bulldogs 4-0 behind a pair of goals from midfielder Christina Freibott. With the win, Columbia remains in a tie for first place with one game remaining.
October 31, 2014
Total Mortgage Spotlight Athlete of the Week: Heather Schlesier
Senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier is looking to finish off her successful career as Bulldog with two league victories. Schlesier, who leads the nation in saves per game, in this week’s Total Mortgage Spotlight Athlete of the Week.
October 28, 2014
Final Home Game of the Year; Yale-Columbia Saturday
The Yale field hockey team looks to play spoiler in its final home game of the season Saturday, as first-place Columbia comes to Johnson Field for an Ivy League game. The Bulldogs, who have won six in a row vs. the Lions, can knock Columbia out of first place with a win. At 4-1 in the league, the Lions are currently tied for first with Cornell and Princeton -- and the Big Red and Tigers play each other Saturday at noon in Ithaca, N.Y.
October 26, 2014
No. 13 Albany Avoids Upset Bid, 4-2
The Yale field hockey team was less than 35 minutes away from a major upset Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, leading No. 13 Albany 1-0. The Bulldogs had withstood a 13-shot barrage by the Great Danes in the first half, taking the lead midway through the half on a penalty corner goal by junior back Noelle Villa. But Albany, which brought an eight-game winning streak into Sunday, was not to be denied. The Great Danes scored four times on penalty corners in a span of 27 minutes during the second half, pulling out a 4-2 win over the upstart Bulldogs.
October 25, 2014
Late Goals Give Penn 2-1 Win
A pair of late goals lifted the Penn field hockey team to a 2-1 victory over Yale Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs’ lone goal came from freshman back Kiwi Comizio, her first career goal.
October 23, 2014
Yale Hosts Penn, No. 13 Albany; Senior Day Sunday
The Yale field hockey team had its best offensive weekend of the year last weekend, totaling five goals -- including three against No. 5 UConn Sunday. But the Bulldogs were unable to come away with any wins, a trend they will look to reverse this weekend at Johnson Field. Yale hosts Penn in an Ivy League game Saturday at Noon, then hosts No. 13 Albany on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. The game vs. Albany will include Senior Day ceremonies, as Yale pays tribute to its four seniors -- forward Jessie Accurso (Jamison, Pa.), back Megan Kirkham (Courtice, Ont.), forward Grace McInerney (Blue Bell, Pa.) and goalkeeper Heather Schlesier (San Diego, Calif.).
October 19, 2014
Strong Second Half for Bulldogs, But No. 4 UConn Prevails
The list of teams who have scored three goals in regulation vs. the No. 4 UConn field hockey team this season was a brief one heading into Sunday -- one team, No. 3 Stanford, which beat the Huskies 3-1 in September. Yale added its name to that list Sunday at the Sherman Family Sports Complex, putting some perspective on an otherwise disappointing 8-3 loss to the Huskies. The Bulldogs fell behind 5-0 at halftime but regrouped and played UConn -- the defending national champions -- to a 3-3 draw in the second half. Yale’s goal scorers included senior forward Jessie Accurso, freshman forward Catherine Kurtin (her first career goal) and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Nolan.
October 18, 2014
Early Lead Holds Up as Dartmouth Tops Yale 4-2
A pair of early goals by forward Ali Savage helped the Dartmouth field hockey team to a 4-2 win over Yale Saturday afternoon at Chase AstroTurf Field. Yale got 10 saves from senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier. The wins moves Dartmouth into a four-way tie for first place in the Ivy League.
October 16, 2014
Yale Visits Dartmouth, Defending National Champs No. 4 UConn
The Yale field hockey team takes to the road again this weekend, the Bulldogs’ third straight weekend away. On Saturday the Bulldogs visit Ivy League rival Dartmouth, looking to gain a game in the Ivy standings on the second-place Big Green (Dartmouth is tied with Columbia and Princeton). On Sunday Yale measures itself against the defending national champions, No. 4 UConn.
October 14, 2014
Middough Earns Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week
Freshman midfielder Carol Middough (Oceanport, N.J.), who scored the game-winning goal in Yale’s 1-0 win vs Bryant last Wednesday, has been named Ivy League Co-Rookie of the Week. The league made the announcement on Tuesday. Middough shares the award with Harvard’s Hannah Wellington.
October 11, 2014
Maine Blanks Yale 4-0 to Extend Win Streak to Six
Maine broke open a 1-0 game with three goals in the second half Saturday at the UMaine Field Hockey Complex, beating Yale 4-0. This was Maine’s sixth win in a row. Senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier made seven saves for the Bulldogs.
October 8, 2014
Seven Saves for Schlesier as Yale Shuts Out Bryant 1-0
The Yale field hockey team has been able to count on great goaltending from senior Heather Schlesier throughout the season, as she entered this week leading the nation in saves per game and leading the Ivy League in save percentage. What the Bulldogs have been waiting for is for a young attack to start generating the goals needed to turn Schlesier’s work into wins. Signs of progress in that area came Wednesday night against Bryant at Johnson Field, as freshman Carol Middough delivered a goal -- and that was all Schlesier needed for a 1-0 win, her second shutout of the season.
October 7, 2014
Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs at Johnson Field Wednesday; Trip to Maine Saturday
The first meeting ever between the Yale Bulldogs and the Bryant Bulldogs in field hockey takes place Wednesday night at Johnson Field. Yale then heads to Maine for a game vs. the Black Bears on Saturday, giving the Bulldogs two chances to get back into the win column this week. Yale lost 4-0 at then-No. 19 Cornell in Ivy League play this past Saturday, the Bulldogs’ second loss in a row to a nationally ranked opponent. Including No. 7 Stanford, Yale’s last two opponents have a combined won-lost record of 20-3.
October 4, 2014
No. 19 Cornell Beats Yale 4-0 to Extend Winning Streak
No. 19 Cornell extended its winning streak to seven games Saturday at Marsha Dodson Field, beating the Yale field hockey team 4-0. Senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier made 11 saves for the Bulldogs.
October 1, 2014
Yale Looks to Snap No. 19 Cornell’s Streak Saturday
The Yale field hockey team heads to Ithaca, N.Y., this weekend to take on a Cornell team that is on a roll. The Big Red has won six games in a row, earning a national ranking (No. 19) for the first time in program history this past Monday. Cornell’s winning streak is the fourth-longest winning streak in the nation right now (No. 3 Virginia, St. Francis (Pa.) and No. 17 Northeastern have won eight in a row). Yale has won four of the last five meetings between these two teams, however.
September 28, 2014
Schlesier Stops 15, but No. 9 Stanford Beats Yale 3-0
After allowing a goal just 71 seconds into the game vs. No. 9 Stanford on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, the Yale field hockey team had to regroup quickly. The Cardinal was coming off a 3-1 win at No. 2 UConn -- the defending national champions -- and had already scored four or more goals in a game three times this season. Behind 15 saves from senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier Yale was able to keep Stanford from doing too much more scoring Sunday, but the Cardinal still came away with a 3-0 victory. This was Stanford’s seventh shutout of the season.
September 27, 2014
Second Half Surge Lifts Princeton Past Yale 4-1
The Yale field hockey team headed into halftime with Princeton tied 1-1 Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field, leaving the Bulldogs in position to become just the second Ivy League team to knock off the Tigers since the start of the 2008 season. But Princeton responded with a decisive 3-0 run in the second half to pull away for the win.
September 25, 2014
Princeton, No. 9 Stanford at Johnson Field this Weekend
Two of the toughest opponents on the Yale field hockey team’s schedule come to Johnson Field this weekend, as the Bulldogs take on Princeton and No. 9 Stanford. Those two teams have combined for 29 NCAA Tournament appearances, including nine in the past five years.
September 21, 2014
BU Scores Late to Send Game to OT, then Tops Yale 3-2
The Yale field hockey team was within 61 seconds of its second win of the season Sunday afternoon against BU at New Balance Field, but the Terriers spoiled the day by scoring late to tie the game and then winning 3-2 in overtime. Senior forward Jessie Accurso and freshman midfielder Carol Middough scored for the Bulldogs, who also got nine saves from senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier. Freshman back Tess Thompson added a defensive save.
September 20, 2014
Harvard Wins Ivy Opener, 4-1
Harvard scored three times in the second half to pull away from Yale in the Ivy League field hockey opener Saturday afternoon at Jordan Field, beating the Bulldogs 4-1. Sophomore midfielder Kelsey Nolan scored Yale’s goal.
September 19, 2014
First Road Trip Includes Games at Harvard, BU
The Yale field hockey team hits the road for the first time of the season this weekend, opening Ivy League play Saturday at Harvard and then squaring off against BU on Sunday.
September 14, 2014
Penalty Corner Goals Give Cal 3-1 Win
A pair of goals on penalty corner goals gave Cal the edge it needed for a 3-1 win over the Yale field hockey team Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs’ goal came from freshman midfielder/forward Katie Smith, her first career goal.
September 13, 2014
Fitzgerald Delivers OT Game-Winner for Thrilling 1-0 Win vs. QU
A large crowd on hand at Johnson Field for Alumnae Weekend festivities got treated to a thrilling 1-0 overtime victory by the Yale field hockey team on Saturday afternoon. Junior Danee Fitzgerald’s goal at 7:56 of the extra session capped a memorable back-and-forth battle between Yale and Quinnipiac, giving the Bulldogs their first victory of the young season.
September 10, 2014
Alumnae Weekend Includes Visits from Quinnipiac, Cal
Alumnae Weekend at Johnson Field includes a pair of games for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs host Quinnipiac on Saturday and Cal on Sunday. Both games start at Noon.
September 8, 2014
Sacred Heart Tops Yale 3-2
Sacred Heart topped Yale 3-2 in field hockey Monday night at Johnson Field, winning the resumption of a game that had started on Saturday afternoon before being suspended due to lightning.
September 7, 2014
Hofstra Edges Yale 2-1 in Opener
After having its season opener Saturday vs. Sacred Heart suspended due to lightning, the Yale field hockey team finally got the chance to take to the pitch on Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. But Hofstra -- playing its fourth game of the year and having totaled 10 goals in its last two games -- played spoiler and edged the Bulldogs 2-1 thanks to two penalty corner goals. Senior goalkeeper Heather Schlesier made 12 saves and sophomore midfielder Kelsey Nolan scored for Yale.
September 6, 2014
Yale Adjusts Schedule Due to Weather
The Yale field hockey team has made two adjustments to its schedule after stormy weather in New Haven forced the postponement of Saturday’s season opener vs. Sacred Heart. The Bulldogs have moved the time of their game vs. Hofstra on Sunday, Sept. 7, to 2:00 p.m., and they have re-scheduled the Sacred Heart game for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 8. Both games will take place at Johnson Field.
September 5, 2014
Yale Starts Season vs. Sacred Heart, Hofstra
The 2014 season gets underway this weekend for the Yale field hockey team, as the Bulldogs host Sacred Heart Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Hofstra Sunday at 4:00 p.m. at Johnson Field.
September 3, 2014
2014 Outlook: Bulldogs Ready for Challenge
Over the past five years, the Yale field hockey team has gone 24-11 in Ivy League games -- the second-best record in the league. That run has been fueled by the Bulldogs’ ability to develop, each year, a new generation of contributors to replace the players that graduated from the previous year’s team. That ability will once again be put to the test this year, as Yale has lost its top four goal scorers from 2013 to graduation. But with a core group of four seniors who were part of an Ivy League championship as freshmen, the Bulldogs will look to develop their young roster (11 of the 18 are freshmen or sophomores) in the mold of the successful teams that have come before.
August 31, 2014
Bulldogs Reflect on Representing United States at Masters World Cup
Multiple members of the Yale field hockey family recently had the chance to take to the pitch again -- this time representing the United States. Anne Keating ’77, Anne Lehman Dillman ’93, Georganne Nattress ’85 and Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, all played for the U.S. in the FIH Masters World Cup, which took place in the Netherlands in June as part of the 13th World Cup.
August 20, 2014
Parsley, Tingley Join Stuper’s Staff
Pam Stuper, Yale’s Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, has made two additions to her staff for the 2014 season -- and they both bring national team experience to the sideline. Nikki Parsley, a former All-American at Northwestern who also has played for Team USA, and Sue Tingley, who played in more than 100 international matches for the Canadian Women’s National Team, have joined the Bulldogs.
July 2, 2014
Former Coach Diane Moyer Inducted into USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame
Former Yale field hockey head coach Diane Moyer was inducted into the USA Field Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday night. Moyer, a goalkeeper, was inducted as a member of the 1984 U.S. team that earned a bronze medal at the Olympics. That was the first U.S. team to win an Olympic medal in women’s field hockey.
May 27, 2014
Bulldogs Add Six in Class of 2018
The Yale field hockey team welcomes six incoming freshmen to the roster for the 2014 season. The group comes from five different high schools and three different U.S. states. It includes one forward, two forward/midfielders, one midfielder, one midfielder/back and one back.
May 13, 2014
2014 Schedule Includes Three Games vs. NCAA Tournament Teams
Three games vs. teams that that took part in the 2013 NCAA Tournament -- including national champion UConn -- highlight the 2014 Yale field hockey schedule, which was released Tuesday. The 17-game regular season starts Saturday, Sept. 6 vs. Sacred Heart at Johnson Field. In addition to the seven Ivy League games -- starting with a trip to archrival Harvard on Sept. 20 -- the Bulldogs have 10 non-league games. This is Yale’s 10th season with Pam Stuper as Caroline Ruth Thompson ’02 Head Coach of Field Hockey.