O'Coin's Hat Trick Leads Holy Cross Past Yale 5-1

Oct. 1, 2006

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - A hat trick by Sara O'Coin led Holy Cross to a 5-1 victory over Yale Sunday afternoon at Johnson Field. O'Coin scored two goals in a span of less than two minutes in the first half, setting the tone for the game. The Crusaders outshot the Bulldogs 26-16 en route to their sixth win in a row.

Holy Cross established control of the game early on, but did not get on the scoreboard until a penalty corner 10 minutes in set up a series of shots that ended with O'Coin scoring off a Lara Cohen assist. At the 11:36 mark, O'Coin executed a nifty maneuver to get Yale senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander out of position. She then deposited the ball in the empty cage for a 2-0 lead.

The Crusaders could have extended the lead 90 seconds after that when a turnover gave Tara Welch a chance to make a run at the net, but senior back Emily Palilonis got over just in time to break up the play.

Yale (2-7, 1-1 Ivy) appeared to gain some measure of momentum late in the first half. The Bulldogs got their first penalty corner of the game at the 28:42 mark and would get three in the final seven minutes of the half. Yale also got on the scoreboard thanks to a pretty pass from junior forward/midfielder Harriet Thayer to senior forward/midfielder Lindsay Collins. Holy Cross goalkeeper Erin Singleton, who would finish with five saves, laid out to deny Collins any low shots. Collins' blast sailed just over Singleton and into the net.

The Crusaders (8-3, 1-0 Patriot) re-established control of the game with a goal from Carolyn O'Connelly eight minutes into the second half. O'Coin got her third at the 55:07 mark, and Eli Skovron tacked on another with only 17 seconds left.

Having played seven of their first nine games against non-league foes, the Bulldogs must now turn their attention to the Ivies. Yale's game at Dartmouth next Saturday starts a stretch in which five of seven games to end the season are against league foes.

"We've played a lot of good non-league opponents," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper. "That has helped prepare us for our league games. The bulk of the Ivy season is coming up, and we're looking forward to Dartmouth."

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

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