Bulldogs Blank Columbia 2-0

Emilie Katz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Emilie Katz. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The Yale field hockey team has been doing its best to end the 2016 season on a high note lately, and the most recent example of that came Saturday afternoon vs. Columbia at Johnson Field. Behind goals from freshman forward Bridget Condie and junior forward Carol Middough, the Bulldogs topped the Lions 2-0 for their third straight Ivy League win. It was also the second shutout of the season for senior goalkeeper Emilie Katz, one of four seniors who will be honored Sunday in the final home game.

For Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey, the shutout was a fitting addition to the long list of career accomplishments for Katz, a unanimous first team All-Ivy pick last year.

"I was hoping, as they game wore on, that we wouldn't let the shutout slip away," said Stuper. "Emilie is one of the greatest goalkeepers to come through this program, and deserves to have a few shutouts to her name."

Katz is usually one of the busiest goalies in the nation -- she was ninth nationally in saves per game entering the day. She wound up needing to make just four on Saturday, though, as the Bulldogs defense was stout in front of her.

"[Junior back] Kiwi Comizio had a great game in the backfield, intercepting a lot of dangerous balls," said Stuper. "Columbia transitions really well to attack, so holding them without a goal is quite an accomplishment."

Yale (7-8, 3-3 Ivy League) got all the scoring it would need when Condie sent in a reverse off a Middough assist at 29:42 of the first.

Shots were even 4-4 at halftime, but Stuper came to the team huddle with a message that helped fire up the Bulldogs for the second half. She had just presented a framed jersey to senior Emmy Reinwald, whose playing career was cut short after three seasons by injury. As Stuper greeted Reinwald for the emotional ceremony near midfield, the first thing the Bulldog said to her was "just go get the win".  Yale went on to outshoot Columbia 14-4 in the final frame.

Columbia (7-8, 2-4 Ivy League) remained within striking distance, however, until Middough scored with 2:44 to play. That put the game out of reach, and shortly after that Katz put the finishing touches on her second career shutout.

Yale hosts Quinnipiac Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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