Yale Cruises Past URI, 5-0

Oct. 2, 2004

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- The Yale field hockey team (3-5, 0-2 Ivy) snapped a two game skid with a 5-0 win over the University of Rhode Island at Johnson Field. The Bulldogs returned to their home turf after four consecutive road contests and posted their first shutout of the 2004 season.

The game began with both teams battling for ball control, but Elizabeth Topp put the Bulldogs on the board, deflecting a shot by Heather Orrico with 27:55 left in the half. Topp controlled Yale's offense during the first half, scoring Yale's second goal with about 10 minutes remaining in the half.

The Bulldogs dominated every aspect of the game after the halftime break. Three different players would score in the second half. Meredith Howell deflected a rebound by URI goalkeeper M.J. Britt with 25 minutes left to play. Yale's final two goals were both a result of penalty corners. Junior Grace Morris scored her first career goal with 11 minutes left to play, deflecting in a Meredith Hudson penalty corner shot. Yale Captain Chrissy Hall scored the final goal of the contest with 7:43 left to play.

"We had three goals for this game. One was to outwork Rhode Island; The second was to score; and the third was to win. We were able to accomplish all three." said Yale head coach Ainslee Lamb. "We had gotten stuck in a rut, but the girls proved today with their effort and enthusiasm that they are not going to give up."

Sophomore goaltender Elizabeth Friedlander made three saves to post her first career shutout.

Yale's next contest is at home on Johnson Field on Wednesday evening at 7 pm against local rival Quinnipiac University.