September 14, 2007

McCauley, Offense Explode for 6-2 Win at Hofstra

Sept. 14, 2007

Box Score

HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - Yale entered the second half of its game at Hofstra Friday afternoon having scored only two goals in the first 245 minutes of the season. Sophomore forward Ashley McCauley reversed that trend in dramatic fashion, scoring three goals in a span of 148 seconds early in the half to lead the Bulldogs to a 6-2 win.

"She just decided we were going to win this game," head coach Pam Stuper said of McCauley, who had gone without a goal in the first 17 games of her career. "After Ashley's second goal we started to gain all the momentum. Then, Ashley made sure we kept that momentum."

The Pride (3-3) started strong, scoring the game's first goal at 8:17 when Brit Blankmeyer sent a short pass from Charlia Warner past sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins (six saves). McCauley tied the game at the 22:10 mark, assisted by junior forward Jayna Whitcher.

The game turned at halftime. Right before the half, senior back Beth Raveche had to stop a ball that was headed into the Yale goal with her foot. The Pride got a penalty stroke that Ayanna McLean turned into a 2-1 lead. When the Bulldogs got a stroke of their own at the beginning of the second half and missed, it could have placed all the momentum on Hofstra's side.

Instead, McCauley took over. She tied the game on a breakaway off a feed from senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer at 40:28. She then tacked on another pair of goals to finish turning a 2-1 Hofstra lead into a 4-2 Yale lead, ending the day for Hofstra goalkeeper Nadine Surak (seven saves). Thayer added a goal just over a minute after McCauley's fourth tally to start putting the game out of reach.

After being outshot 14-4 in the first half, the Bulldogs reversed that stat to read 16-3 in their favor in the second half. Sophomore midfielder Katie Cantore's goal on a penalty stroke gave the Bulldogs their sixth and final goal, the most the team has scored in a game in five years.

"It was a great team effort," Stuper said. "For us to not have control at the beginning of the game and find a way to gain control, then keep it until the end, was a really good step for this team."

The Pride had come into the game having received votes in the national poll, and it was the debut of Hofstra Field Hockey Stadium.

Yale returns to action Sunday at Johnson Field against No. 6 Michigan State.

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