Yale Drops Ivy Opener

Yale Drops Ivy Opener

Sept. 11, 2004

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The Yale field hockey team (1-2) lost its first game of the Ivy season to defending league champions Princeton (1-2) 6-0 on Saturday afternoon at Johnson Field. It was the 32nd straight Ivy victory for the Tigers, who have won the past 10 league championships.

The Bulldogs played even with Princeton in the first half. The Tigers scored only twice, with both goals coming from penalty corners. However, the Tigers sealed the victory in the second half, scoring four goals in 12 minutes.

Yale's best scoring opportunity came in a late game penalty corner, however Meredith Hudson's shot was blocked by returning Ivy League Rookie of the Year, goaltender Allison Nemeth.

Princeton had a number of standouts, including Lauren Erlichman, who had a hat trick in the second half.

Yale's greatest standout was goaltender Kate Crandall, who in her third collegiate start notched a career-high 17 saves. Sarah Driscoll and Lindsay Collins also kept the Bulldogs in the game, each playing all 70 minutes.

"Princeton is a fantastic team, one of the best in the country," Yale Head Coach Ainslee Lamb said after the game. "However, we played very well, particularly in the first half. And our girls fought it out until the end, not giving up. We can learn a lot from this game that we can use for the rest of the season."

Next week begins Yale's longest road trip of the season. The Bulldogs travel to Washington D.C. for matches against American University on Friday and Georgetown on Sunday. Their next home contest will be against Rhode Island on October 2 at Noon.

Written by: Emily Field '05, Sports Publicity Department