HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. – The Yale field hockey team showcased its scoring depth in a big way Sunday, getting goals from five different players in a 5-2 win at Hofstra. That was the most goals allowed by the Pride all year. First-year midfielder Iliana Cabral, first-year midfielder Imogen Davies, senior forward/midfielder Carol Middough, sophomore forward/midfielder Camille Scheyer and senior midfielder/forward Katie Smith scored, and first-year goalkeeper Sydney Terroso made six saves.
Yale (2-1, 0-0 Ivy League) took advantage of a penalty corner drawn by Davies eight minutes in to take an early lead. After Middough's initial shots were stopped, Cabral knocked in the rebound at 8:42. That was her first career goal.
"We started off the game with momentum, stringing passes together," said Pam Stuper, Yale's Caroline Ruth Thompson '02 Head Coach of Field Hockey. "Any time you can get a goal early it helps. Our penalty corner unit has some younger players, but also some veterans, and the team has confidence that we can score in those situations."
Another goal off a rebound, this one by Smith, extended the lead to 2-0 at 12:19. The Bulldogs then went up 3-0 when Scheyer came in all alone on Hofstra keeper Carys Swan on the left side and sent in her first goal of the year.
That type of start was a welcome change from the previous game; the Bulldogs had fallen behind 3-0 in Friday's 4-2 loss at Quinnipiac.
"Friday, the team was disappointed in the way they played and the outcome," said Stuper. "They came out on Saturday [for practice], had a good team meeting, and went over what we needed to do for the Hofstra game. They took it all in. We had a short practice, and they did what they needed to do with intensity and conviction to sticking to the game plan."
Hofstra (3-4, 0-0 CAA) crept closer when midfielder Alyssa Kohler scored off a crossing pass from midfielder/forward Jordan Thompson at 29:30. But the Pride got a green card right after that, and the Bulldogs quickly capitalized as Davies backhanded one in from the top right of the circle 31 seconds after Kohler's goal. That was Davies' first career goal, and it helped send the Bulldogs into halftime up 4-1.
Cecelia DeSimone came on in relief of Swan for the second half, and the Pride quickly got within two goals thanks to a penalty stroke goal by defender Frankie O'Brien at 46:48. That was as close as they would get, though. Hofstra did a better job of limiting Yale's chances in the second half, holding the Bulldogs to five shots and one corner, but Middough put the game out of reach with a tally into the top corner at 65:04. Terroso ended the game in dramatic fashion, kicking aside a penalty corner shot by O'Brien as time expired.
All told, Yale got goals from seven different players this weekend. Already this year, Yale has eight different players with at least two points.
"After what we saw in just the first week of preseason practice, we knew we could score some goals," said Stuper. "We knew who we had returning, and we knew through recruiting that we had some talented kids coming in."
This was Hofstra's first loss at home of the season. Yale travels to Michigan next weekend for games at Central Michigan Friday and Michigan State Sunday.
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Report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity