Sept. 14, 2006
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Yale's trip to the Midwest began with a 4-0 loss to Michigan State Thursday afternoon. Senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander made nine saves in the first half to keep the game scoreless, but the Spartan offense broke through with three goals in the first eight minutes of the second half. MSU's Ashley Pernicano tacked on one more -- her third of the game -- with 20 minutes left for the 4-0 final.
Michigan State had a 34-4 edge in shots (16-1 in shots on goal) and a 19-2 advantage in penalty corners, but Friedlander was able to stem the tide early on. She had four saves, all on shots by Becky Manning, in the first 15 minutes. The Bulldogs got their one and only shot on goal (by senior midfielder Rachel Lentz) 20 minutes in, and it was stopped by MSU's Stephanie Yuhasz.
Floor Rijpma broke the tie at the 37:44 mark, and Pernicano added the final three goals. Freshman goalkeeper Charlotte Goins came on in relief of Friedlander for the final 14:13 and stopped all three shots she faced.
Michigan State (3-4), which went 6-1 at the MSU Field Hockey Complex last year, has now won 11 straight home openers.
The Bulldogs (1-3) continue their four-day, three-game trip with a visit to Northwestern Saturday for a 1:00 p.m. (Central time) game.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity