September 28, 2005

Bulldog Upset Bid Denied by No. 18 UConn, 1-0

Sept. 28, 2005

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New Haven, CT - Yale's bid for an upset win over No. 18 UConn came up just short Wednesday night at Johnson Field, as Barbie Steffen's goal in the last minute before halftime stood up to give the Huskies a 1-0 win.

The Huskies (7-4) had numerous offensive opportunities in the first half, including seven penalty corners to just one for Yale (2-6), but Yale needed only one save from Elizabeth Friedlander in the half to keep the game scoreless.

"We put in an extra midfielder to take care of their four midfielders," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "We wanted to shut down their midfield, and also generate some attack from there, and were successful doing that."

Stuper noted in particular Ali Rotondo's work on Rebecca Helwig, who had seven goals and three assists in the Huskies' first seven games but did not get a point on this night. UConn finally broke through when Steffen put one past Friedlander 59 seconds before halftime, assisted by Lizzy Peijs.

Shots were even in the second half, 5 to 5. Yale's best opportunity to score came with just under 15 minutes to play when UConn's Melissa Bostwick (2 saves) dove to stop a shot by Heather Orrico off a penalty corner.

After a Bulldog timeout with 4:22 to play Yale kept most of the play on UConn's side of the field, and even brought in Emily Palilonis at kicking back for the final minute, but could not get the equalizer. Friedlander finished with 5 saves.

Stuper was able to see some positives in Yale's third one-goal loss of the season.

"I thought we had a fabulous game," Stuper said. "We played a full 70 minutes of hockey and made a huge step forward. Our players believed in themselves. We're in a great place heading into the second half of our schedule."

Yale hosts two more non-league opponents this weekend, Rhode Island on Saturday at Noon and Boston University on Sunday at 2 p.m.

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

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