Sept. 5, 2004
The Yale field hockey team suffered the first loss of the 2004 season Sunday afternoon against the Crusaders of Holy Cross (3-0). Despite being down by two goals with only 2:00 left to play, the Bulldogs were able to come within a goal of the Crusaders, but could not score in the final seconds of play.
The two teams were very evenly matched, as the first half was scoreless with only seven total shots taken. Tara Welch of Holy Cross scored the game's first goal only minutes into the second half, lifting a ball over the stick of Yale goaltender Kate Crandall, who dove to the turf in a save attempt. Crandall had four total saves on the day.
Holy Cross scored ten minutes later when Susie Whalen scored off of a reverse stick shot, putting the Bulldogs down by two.
In a beautiful sequence, Meredith Howell put the Bulldogs on the board with her first goal of the season after receiving a pass from sophomore Trish Bissett. However, Holy Cross answered back with a Jenna Cook goal with five minutes remaining in regulation.
The Bulldogs did not give up, however, as Elizabeth Topp scored from an assist from Sarah Driscoll with 1:57 left to play. After Topp's goal, the Bulldogs took a time out during which they decided to pull goalie Crandall and put another field player on the turf as they subbed in freshman Catherine Lindroth.
However, despite a valiant effort by the exhausted Yale team, they were not able to score on Holy Cross goalie Sony Kuhn, who had nine saves on the day.
"This is a tough loss, however I really admire our girls' perseverance," said Yale Head Coach Ainslee Lamb. "They showed today that they are not going to roll over as a team, even down by two goals."
Yale (1-1) opens its Ivy League season at home next Saturday against defending league champion Princeton at Noon on Johnson Field.
Written by: Emily Field '05, Sports Information Department