Sept. 21, 2008
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale junior forward Ashley McCauley showed last season that, in order to be among the NCAA leaders in goals, you have to be able to score in bunches. After scoring just once in Yale's first four games this season, McCauley reminded everyone what made her the Bulldogs' top scoring threat by scoring three times Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field in a 6-1 win over Sacred Heart. It was the fourth time in the last two seasons that McCauley has scored at least three goals in a game.
"Ashley's a former basketball player, and this was similar to how it is in basketball: when you have that many opportunities you can get hot and start scoring goals in bunches," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "Ashley knows how to take advantage when she's on."
McCauley, who had four goals in last year's 5-2 win over the Pioneers en route to an Ivy League-best 15 for the season, has moved into 10th on Yale's all-time goals list with 19. All of those goals have come in the last two years, after she went scoreless when she was a freshman.
While McCauley eventually took control of Sunday's game, the Bulldogs' scoring barrage began with a different pair of players. Senior forward Alyssa Jethani scored off an assist by freshman midfielder Dinah Landshut at 9:29, then assisted on a Landshut goal four minutes later.
Jethani's goal was her first in nearly a year, as the senior has battled injury throughout her career.
"It was great to see Alyssa score," said Stuper. "After a year and a half of chronic pain, just trying to get out on the field to practice and play, she's finally healthy and can really help us offensively."
McCauley started her run at 14:36, and scored all three of her goals in a span of slightly more than 10 minutes. Sacred Heart's Amy Hendricks had a goal after McCauley's first, but McCauley's next two helped the Bulldogs start putting the game out of reach.
Junior back Julia Weiser capped the half with a penalty corner goal, assisted by junior midfielder Katie Cantore and sophomore back Marissa Waldemore, with five minutes left. That was the second assist on the day for Cantore.
Sacred Heart (1-6) responded in the second half by evening out the shot totals -- a 14-1 Yale advantage in the first became an 8-7 Sacred Heart advantage in the second. But the Bulldogs got some help from a new source to keep the game from getting any closer. With 26:25 to play sophomore goalkeeper Katie Bolling came on in relief of junior Charlotte Goins.
Bolling, playing just her second varsity game, made five stops. Many were of the highlight-reel variety, including one where she played a 2-on-1 nicely to deny Kelsey Zeyher after a pass from Stephanie Fazio. Bolling also made a diving stop on Zeyher as she attempted to deflect in a crossing pass right in front of the goal with 15 minutes left.
"Katie has done a great job," said Stuper. "She is probably one of our most improved players since last season. She has spent a lot of time with [assistant coach] Tamara [Durante], and her athleticism has also improved. It's great to know we have two keepers we have confidence in."
Yale (2-3, 0-1 Ivy League) hosts No. 15 Princeton in a key Ivy League matchup next Saturday at Noon.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity