October 7, 2006

Spirited Effort Lifts Yale to 3-1 Win at Dartmouth

Oct. 7, 2006

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HANOVER, N.H. - Senior forward/midfielder Lindsay Collins' goal broke a 1-1 tie with 23:09 remaining and junior forward Cat Lindroth added an insurance goal with 3:20 to play as Yale beat Dartmouth 3-1 Saturday afternoon at Scully-Fahey Field. The win moves the Bulldogs (3-7, 2-1 Ivy) into sole possession of third place in the league, one game behind 3-0 Brown and 1.5 games behind 4-0 Princeton.

"It was a great team effort from all the players on the field, and the energy and enthusiasm from the bench kept us going," said Yale head coach Pam Stuper.

The Bulldogs controlled play from the start, but missed two early scoring opportunities as senior midfielder Rachel Lentz shot one wide and a Harriet Thayer-to-Cat Lindroth connection just missed in front of the net.

When Thayer drew a penalty corner seven minutes in, the Bulldogs finally converted. Collins inserted the ball to Thayer, the stick-stopper, to set up a shot from senior midfielder Heather Orrico that sailed past Dartmouth goalkeeper Jordan Sedlacek.

Yale senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Friedlander (Milwaukee, Wisc.) made her lone save of the game later in the period.

A scramble in front of the cage allowed Dartmouth (3-6, 1-3 Ivy) to tie the game at 19:48 on a Katy Hagy goal. The teams went into halftime knotted at one.

The stats for the first half showed a decided edge for Yale in shots (9 to 3) and penalty corners (3 to 0). The second half was more evenly played, but Collins and Lindroth's goals gave the Bulldogs the edge on the scoreboard.

The win was all the more impressive coming on the heels of two disappointing losses last week against Sacred Heart and Holy Cross in which the Bulldogs were outscored 8-3.

"We took last week's losses and we learned from them," Stuper said. "We had four really strong practices, then we came out and made sure we put all that practice into play. It was a great win for us and a good step toward the next game."

The Bulldogs travel to Chestnut Hill, Mass., to face No. 6 North Carolina in a neutral-site game at BC's Newton College Field Sunday.

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