Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Adds 761 Potential Life-SaversFresh off the news of yet another life-saving donation from a previous drive, the Yale Athletics department hosted its annual Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive Thursday at Commons -- and added 761 more potential life-savers to the Be The Match Registry®. The Bulldogs’ efforts on Thursday will no doubt add to the total number of donor matches for patients with life-threatening illnesses located through the six previous drives. That figure is now at least 29, following the recent donation by senior Peter Ambiel (Los Altos, Calif.) of the men’s soccer team. Yale has now added a total of 5,299 people to the registry.
Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale Set for Thursday, Apr. 16In recognition of the impact her courageous battle with cancer has had on efforts to save lives through marrow donor registration drives, the Yale athletic department will once again hold a drive in memory of women's ice hockey player Mandi Schwartz '10 (Wilcox, Sask.) (1988-2011). The Mandi Schwartz Marrow Donor Registration Drive at Yale, which is part of the nationwide "Get in the Game. Save a Life." campaign for Be The Match®, will be held on Thursday, Apr. 16 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. this year. The drive, which takes place at Commons on the corner of College Street and Grove Street in New Haven, is open to the general public. Donors that could help save lives are located through testing that consists of simple cheek swabs.
Bulldogs Place 12 on National Academic SquadThe Yale field hockey had 12 individuals named to the NFHCA National Academic Squad for the 2014 season, recognizing the Bulldogs’ continued success in the classroom. The NFHCA announced the recipients Monday.
Bulldogs Earn National Academic Team Award AgainThe Yale field hockey has been recognized by the National Field Hockey Coaches Association with the NFHCA National Academic Team Award for the 2014 season. The NFHCA announced the award on Monday.
Accurso, Kirkham, Nolan and Thompson Earn Team AwardsFour 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.
Stuper Part of National Championship Team’s Hall of Fame Induction at JMUPam 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.
Nolan, Schlesier and Wells Earn All-Ivy HonorsThe 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.
Georgia Holland ‘14 a Champion Again, This Time in the ACCThree 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.
Season Concludes Saturday at BrownThe 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.
Columbia Tops Yale 4-0Looking 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.
Final Home Game of the Year; Yale-Columbia SaturdayThe 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.
No. 13 Albany Avoids Upset Bid, 4-2The 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.
Late Goals Give Penn 2-1 WinA 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.
Yale Hosts Penn, No. 13 Albany; Senior Day SundayThe 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.).
Strong Second Half for Bulldogs, But No. 4 UConn PrevailsThe 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.
Early Lead Holds Up as Dartmouth Tops Yale 4-2A 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.
Yale Visits Dartmouth, Defending National Champs No. 4 UConnThe 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.
Middough Earns Ivy League Co-Rookie of the WeekFreshman 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.
Maine Blanks Yale 4-0 to Extend Win Streak to SixMaine 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.
Seven Saves for Schlesier as Yale Shuts Out Bryant 1-0The 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.
Bulldogs vs. Bulldogs at Johnson Field Wednesday; Trip to Maine SaturdayThe 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.
Yale Looks to Snap No. 19 Cornell’s Streak SaturdayThe 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.
Schlesier Stops 15, but No. 9 Stanford Beats Yale 3-0After 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.
Second Half Surge Lifts Princeton Past Yale 4-1The 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.
Princeton, No. 9 Stanford at Johnson Field this WeekendTwo 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.
BU Scores Late to Send Game to OT, then Tops Yale 3-2The 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.
Harvard Wins Ivy Opener, 4-1Harvard 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.
Penalty Corner Goals Give Cal 3-1 WinA 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.
Fitzgerald Delivers OT Game-Winner for Thrilling 1-0 Win vs. QUA 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.
Sacred Heart Tops Yale 3-2Sacred 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.
Hofstra Edges Yale 2-1 in OpenerAfter 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.
Yale Adjusts Schedule Due to WeatherThe 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.
Yale Starts Season vs. Sacred Heart, HofstraThe 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.
2014 Outlook: Bulldogs Ready for ChallengeOver 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.
Bulldogs Reflect on Representing United States at Masters World CupMultiple 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.