September 2, 2005

Bulldogs Open With Thrilling 1-0 Win Over Sacred Heart

Sept. 2, 2005

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New Haven, CT - Heather Orrico's goal on a penalty corner with 2:32 to play gave Yale a thrilling 1-0 win over Sacred Heart in the Bulldogs' season opener at Johnson Field Friday night. The victory was the first for head coach Pam Stuper, who had been an assistant at Yale for seven years.

"I'm so proud of the way we left everything on the field," Stuper said. "That's what Yale field hockey is all about."

The Bulldogs (1-0) generated plenty of offense early but could not get the ball past Pioneer goalkeeper Ashley Del Greco (12 saves). Sacred Heart (0-3) fought back and had a number of quality scoring chances late in the first half, including four penalty corners. A tenacious Bulldog defense kept every single one of them away from goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander.

Friedlander made five saves in the second half as the scoreless tie continued. Yale finally capitalized on a penalty corner for the winner, as Lindsay Collins pushed it in and Trish Bissett stopped it for Orrico's blast, touching off a wild celebration.

"We have a young penalty corner team, and all we told them was to try to make something happen," Stuper said. "We know Heather Orrico is poised and confident over the ball, and it was just a matter of getting it to her."

Yale returns to action Sunday, hosting Northwestern at Noon.

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

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