Pair of Eye Goals in Second Half Lift SHU Past Yale 3-2

Sept. 27, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale held Sacred Heart's Carisa Eye scoreless in the first half, but eventually the player who had scored 17 goals in the Pioneers' first nine games was bound to break through. Eye scored twice within a span of just over three minutes early in the second, including the game-winner, as Sacred Heart beat Yale 3-2 Wednesday night at Johnson Field.

Playing a mid-week non-conference game after an emotional Ivy League win at Cornell on Saturday, the Bulldogs (2-6) were never able to recapture the spark that had led them to the win over the Big Red. Yale got on the scoreboard 6:46 into the game when junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer drew the attention of Pioneer goalkeeper Ashley Del Greco, then fed a wide-open Rachel Lentz just in front of the goal. Lentz' tally was her fourth in the last four games.

Sacred Heart (8-2) quickly tied the game up, as a penalty corner led to a Leah Stoehr-to-Colleen Carney goal at 9:34. Another SHU goal off a penalty corner midway through the first was waved off for being too high, and senior forward/midfielder Lindsay Collins broke up the Pioneers' fourth and final corner of the half to ensure the score stayed tied heading into halftime.

Eye asserted control of the game quickly in the second half, scoring off a Melissa Mazin assist at 41:24 and off a Danielle Vasely assist at 44:26. The Bulldogs called timeout shortly after the second goal but could not generate much in the way of a response. Del Greco made a nice save, one of seven on the night for her, by racing out to knock the ball away from Collins on a breakaway with nine minutes remaining.

A Yale penalty corner set up the final goal, as Del Greco stopped senior midfielder Heather Orrico's shot but left the rebound for junior forward Cat Lindroth, who knocked it in at 63:47. That would be Yale's last major offensive push.

"Against Cornell, we stepped up individually, and therefore the whole team stepped up," Yale head coach Pam Stuper said. "Tonight, we didn't act as a group. The biggest thing we can take from this is that we can't take a great win and think we can come out the next game and it will just happen."

Yale senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander made four saves.

The Bulldogs return to action on Sunday, hosting Holy Cross at 2:00 p.m.

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