Sept. 23, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - On Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, for the second time in ten days, the Yale attack was clicking. And for the second time, sophomore forward Ashley McCauley was in the middle of it all. McCauley's seven-point day, which included three goals and an assist, powered the Bulldogs to a decisive 7-0 win over Fairfield.
"Our attack, especially down the right side, was finally the way we want it to be," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "When we got anywhere near that circle, we were going for it."
Yale controlled this game from the start, as indicated by the 24-4 edge in shots on goal that the Bulldogs enjoyed. McCauley, who had four goals in Yale's 6-2 win at Hofstra Sept. 14, opened the scoring at 21:23. As Stuper pointed out, it was the work of senior forward Harriet Thayer carrying the ball down the right side that set up the play. A fake from Thayer helped free up McCauley for the open shot.
"For me that goal was three years in the making," Stuper said. "We've been working with Harriet to drive the end line and create an opportunity like that. She played phenomenally today. That's why she is one of the best players in the region."
That started a spurt of four goals in 10 minutes for the Bulldogs. Three minutes after McCauley's goal, sophomore back Julia Weiser knocked one off the left post but junior forward Alyssa Jethani slid the rebound in to the other side of the net.
Jethani then set up McCauley for another goal after Fairfield goalkeeper Elizabeth Thomas (18 saves) stopped a shot by junior forward Jayna Whitcher but could not control the rebound.
Thomas made a pair of saves after a Yale corner with five minutes to play in the half, but Thayer stayed with the play and was able to send one in to make it 4-0 Yale.
Just over two minutes into the second half Thomas charged out to challenge McCauley, who fed senior forward Cat Lindroth for a wide-open shot that extended the lead to five. Three minutes later Thomas had the ball hit off a defender and pop high over her head and toward the turf behind her, where Whitcher calmly tapped it in for her first career goal.
Freshman midfielder/back Marissa Waldemore then set up McCauley for her final goal with 16:26 left in the game. It was Waldemore's first career point.
McCauley, who had not scored in her first 17 varsity games, now has 16 points in the last four games. Her goals per game average entering the weekend (0.80) was 20th in the country, and it now stands at 1.0.
"She was an AAU point guard, and that helped her game sense," Stuper said. "She just needed a year to play a little more hockey. We knew it was going to come together for her, but she has gone beyond my expectations. She knows how to beat a defender, and if she's in the circle she's ready to score."
This was the first time Yale has scored seven goals in a game since a 7-1 win over Sacred Heart in 2001. It was also Yale's largest margin of victory since beating the Stags 9-0 in 1995.
Up next for the Bulldogs is a game at Quinnipiac Friday at 4:00 p.m.
report by Sam Rubin '95 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Yale Sports Publicity