Sept. 30, 2007
NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale sophomore forward Ashley McCauley continued her hot streak Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field, recording her third multiple-goal game in the last six outings. She scored four goals of Yale's five goals (earning an assist on the other) as the Bulldogs beat Sacred Heart 5-2.
The win is Yale's third in a row and fourth in the last six games.
"We're finally getting some rewards for our play," said head coach Pam Stuper. "We played some tough teams at the beginning of the year and weren't seeing results. It was the process we were focused on."
Yale's string of success has coincided with McCauley's emergence. She has 25 points in the last six games after going scoreless in her first 17 career games. She now has 11 goals for the season -- tied for fifth on Yale's single-season list with eight regular-season games to go.
It was actually an assist that got McCauley's big day started. The Pioneers had a shot hit the post four minutes in, followed by a save from Yale sophomore goalkeeper Charlotte Goins. A defensive save by the Pioneers kept Yale off the board two minutes after that, but the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead when McCauley fed senior forward Cat Lindroth at 10:15.
Sacred Heart goalkeeper Kristen McIntire was able to stop McCauley during a fast break three minutes after that, then made a diving save on a shot from senior back Beth Raveche on a corner.
McCauley then made a quick difference in the game by scoring twice in a span of under three minutes, including one assisted by a nice cross from senior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer.
Sacred Heart (2-8) fought back with a goal from Carissa Eye with 11:36 left in the first half, ending Goins' scoreless streak at 182:06.
The Bulldogs regained their offensive momentum early in the second half after three straight corners by Sacred Heart. Yale (4-5) drew four corners within a three-minute span, and while none of those led to goals it did signify a swing in momentum.
McCauley then broke through for two goals in 42 seconds. On the first, she knocked a rebound past McIntire at 51:50, leading to a Sacred Heart timeout. Lindroth then took the pass back and drove the left side of the field before setting up McCauley for a 5-1 lead.
"When you call a timeout, it's usually to slow momentum or make some changes," Stuper said. "It was important that Cat was able to get us right back on the scoreboard after they called time."
Lindroth tied her career high with three points.
"She's an intense player, and is very focused," Stuper said. "We talked during the week about how to get her in the right place. That's when she plays her best -- when she's poised."
Katie Bohren added a goal for the Pioneers with 14:28 to play, but that was the last significant threat to the Bulldogs' lead. Goins finished with eight saves while McIntire made 14.
Yale hosts Dartmouth next Saturday at Noon.
report by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity